Many pregnant women will suffer from it gastric burns during pregnancy. Even women who have not suffered from gastric burns in the past can have them at first pregnancy. The sensation of burning in the throat and chest and the sour and sour taste in the mouth can become very familiar to some pregnant women.
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Gastric burns (also called acid indigestion or acid reflux) are a burning sensation that extends from the lower end of the sternum to the neck. They are caused by hormonal and physical changes in the body.
Gastric burns during pregnancy occur for several reasons. Increased levels of hormones (especially progesterone hormone) can soften the ligaments that normally held the lower esophageal sphincter tight. If the sphincter relaxes when not needed, food and stomach acids can come back into the esophagus and throat. Also, you exert more pressure on your stomach as your baby develops. This can force what is in the stomach through the lower esophageal sphincter and through the esophagus.
Progesterone also slows the contractions of the esophagus and intestines, making digestion slower. Later in pregnancy, your baby, which grows steadily in size, will occupy the abdominal cavity, pushing stomach acid back into the esophagus.
Most women begin to feel gastric burns and other gastrointestinal problems starting with the second half of pregnancy. Unfortunately, however, they come and go throughout the pregnancy, until your baby is born.
What can I do about gastric burns?
Although you may not be able to completely eliminate gastric burns, you can follow some tips to minimize their discomfort:
- Avoid foods and drinks that cause gastrointestinal problems. The main suspects are carbonated drinks, alcohol (which should be prohibited in pregnancy anyway), caffeine, chocolate, acidic foods such as citrus fruits and juices, tomatoes, mustard and vinegar, processed meats, foods that contain mint or are mentholated, very spicy foods or spicy, fried or fatty foods;
- Don't eat too many tables. Instead, eat a little and often throughout the day. Do not eat on the run and chew well;
- Avoid drinking large amounts of fluids during meals. Drink in breaks between meals (about 8-10 glasses of minimum water per day);
- Try chewing gum after meals. Chewing gum stimulates the salivary glands and saliva can help neutralize the acid;
- Do not eat close to bedtime. Allow at least two, three hours for your body to digest food before bedtime;
- Sleep on several pillows, with the upper part of the body raised. This will keep the stomach acids in their place and will aid in digestion;
- When you sit on the chair, stand on your back instead of lying down;
- Wear loose and comfortable clothes. Avoid anything that is tight on the waist or belly;
- Bend yourself bending your knees, not bending at the waist;
- Do not smoke - except that it can cause a number of serious health problems, smoking increases gastric acidity. (Ideally, you should quit smoking before you become pregnant);
- You can try anti-acid medicines, but consult your doctor first because some of these drugs may contain aluminum or aspirin or may be high in sodium.
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