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On the one hand, you are so hungry that you could eat a horse every two hours. On the other, you feel like there is a little fireplace burning constantly in your chest, flaring up with everything you eat. Your tummy is bloated and nausea and stomach cramps strike from time to time. If indigestion and heartburn have reduced you to a bundle of nerves even as you eagerly await your bundle of joy, you are certainly not alone. Up to 80% of pregnant women suffer from indigestion at some point. And what’s more, it seems to get worse as your pregnancy progresses and is a common complaint from the 27th week onward.
A constant pain in the upper abdomen, similar to the one caused by indigestion but which cannot be tackled by lifestyle changes or antacids may be a symptom of pre-eclampsia, a pregnancy complication with high blood pressure. It’s vital that you see a doctor and get this checked.[ref]Headaches and indigestion during pregnancy. Healthdirect, Australia.[/ref]
Indigestion during pregnancy is mostly a result
1. Have Small Meals Frequently
You are more likely to get indigestion if your stomach is very full. Rather than having three large meals a day go for smaller meals and increase the number of times you eat. And remember to have a varied, healthy, balanced diet so that your baby and you get all the nutrients you need.
2. Sit Up While You Eat
Sitting up straight while you have your meal can ease pressure off your tummy. Also, prop up your shoulders and head when you settle down
3. Drink Ginger Tea
Smoking and drinking are a definite no-no during pregnancy. They can not only cause indigestion but also have more harmful effects. Smoking can increase the risk of a premature birth and low birth weight while alcohol can up the chances of miscarriage and stillbirth and even cause intellectual, behavioral, and physical disabilities in your baby.[ref]Alcohol Use in Pregnancy. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.[/ref] [ref]Indigestion and heartburn in pregnancy. National Institutes of Health.[/ref]
Ginger has been widely used to treat indigestion in many cultures. So how does ginger help? A delay in the emptying of the stomach after you eat may play a role in causing the
4. Munch On A Banana
Yummy bananas can also help ease indigestion. According to a study, 75% of people troubled by indigestion were completely or partially relieved of the condition when they took banana powder.[ref] Arora, Anil, and M. P. Sharma. “Use of banana in non-ulcer dyspepsia.” The Lancet 335, no. 8689 (1990): 612-613.[/ref] Bananas may protect your
5. Have Turmeric Tea
Turmeric is known to have a wide range of healing properties and easing symptoms of indigestion is one of them. One study observed that having turmeric 4 times daily – once after each meal and then once before bedtime – improved indigestion in 87% of the participants.[ref] Thamlikitkul, V. I. S. A. N. U., N. Bunyapraphatsara, T. Dechatiwongse, S. Theerapong, C. Chantrakul, T. Thanaveerasuwan, S. Nimitnon et al. “Randomized double blind study of Curcuma domestica Val. for dyspepsia.” J Med Assoc Thai 72, no. 11 (1989): 613-620.[/ref] As with ginger, you can use turmeric in your cooking or make yourself a cup of turmeric tea. Turmeric is widely used as a culinary spice in Southeast Asian communities and forms a part of the regular diet of
6. Take Honey
Make a combo drink with the trinity! Mix a teaspoon of fresh ginger juice and a teaspoon of lemon juice, and dilute with a few ounces of water. Add honey to taste and consume after every meal. You can also use dry ginger powder instead of fresh ginger.
Honey has traditionally been used to tackle indigestion and is a remedy backed by science too. Studies have shown that manuka honey is effective against Helicobacter pylori, a bacteria that is often implicated in cases of indigestion.[ref]Al Somal, N., K. E. Coley, P. C. Molan, and B. M. Hancock. “Susceptibility of Helicobacter pylori to the antibacterial activity of manuka honey.” Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine 87, no. 1 (1994): 9-12.[/ref] Have a spoonful of sweet honey on its own or mix a little ginger juice and honey to combat indigestion.[ref]Davidson, John. The Miracle of Honey. JD-Biz Corp Publishing, 2013.[/ref]
7. Have Digestion-Boosting
Give your digestive system all the help that you can as it deals with your pregnancy. Here are a few foods that can lend you a hand:
- Have probiotic yogurt. Probiotics are good bacteria that can assist your digestive system. They help break down fat and protein and also improve the absorption of nutrients by your body. Probiotics also have other benefits such as enhancing your immune system and protecting you from infection-causing germs.[ref]The benefits of probiotics bacteria. Harvard Health Publications.[/ref]
- Have fiber-rich foods like whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and beans so that you get the recommended daily dose of 30 grams of fiber. Fiber can help move waste through your digestive system and help it function better. It also helps probiotic bacteria thrive in your gut. But if your diet has been lacking in fiber, make sure you increase your intake gradually to avoid bloating.
- Drink sufficient water since fiber works by absorbing fluids. It also helps with digestion, breaking down foods so your body can absorb the nutrients.
- Include foods like coconut, lemons, and oranges in
8. Keep A Food Diary
Some simple rules like cutting down on caffeinated drinks and spicy or fatty foods can help ward off indigestion. But your digestive system might have its own quirks too. For instance, you might find oranges to be too acidic for your tummy, though they can actually stimulate digestion. Someone else might find that having fruits in the evening doesn’t agree with them or that they are not bothered by spicy foods. That’s why it’s a good idea to keep a food diary and figure out eating patterns and foods that don’t agree with you and plan your meals accordingly.[ref]How to Fix 6 Common Digestive Problems. AARP.[/Ref][ref]Indigestion (Dyspepsia). National Institutes of Health.[/ref] Soon enough, you’ll be able to deflect the triggers and feel better.