Acid Reflux and Pregnancy
There are many changes associated with pregnancy. The wonder of pregnancy can be overshadowed by issues – including gastro-esophageal reflux (GER) – that can dampen your joy. The hormonal changes of pregnancy increase acid reflux in a couple ways:
The stomach lining may actually produce more acid during pregnancy. The need for an increased calorie intake can even cause an increased production of acid by the stomach. The combination of hormonal changes and increased acid can result in some of the acid moving up into the esophagus. Nearly ALL women experience reflux during their pregnancy, and up to 25 percent of all pregnant women have to deal with acid reflux every day of their pregnancy. This can make it hard for them to focus on their daily routine or to get enough sleep at night.
As the pregnancy progresses there is more pressure on the stomach area. This too can result in more acid moving into the esophagus. This combination is why reflux of pregnancy worsens during the final months of pregnancy. Any treatments for reflux of pregnancy must be safe for your growing baby. But,prescription medications for reflux are nearly all un-safe for your growing baby.
It is possible to take antacids to treat mild cases of acid reflux during pregnancy. Extensive research has shown that most antacids don’t harm the baby. Caution: many antacids contain large amounts of sodium. You must minimize sodium intake to help prevent worsening the swelling problem.
Every mother wants her baby to be healthy. Natural remedies for reflux during pregnancy are therefore increasingly popular. Whereas it is important to eat plenty of fresh fruit during pregnancy, note that some of them may increase reflux. Reduce intake of the acidic fruits. These include oranges, lemons, and grapefruit.
Eat less at each meal, but eat frequently. Small, frequent meals are more easily digested. Consume large amounts of water during the day too so that you stay hydrated. Drink just enough with meals to help digest the food. Drink most of your fluids between meals. Avoid eating in the last hours before you go to bed at night or you may end up suffering throughout the night with acid reflux.
Sleep propped up with your head above your stomach. This position will help minimize acid moving up the esophagus from the stomach. You can buy a special pillow designed for this. Also try using bricks under each side of the head of the bed for inexpensive elevation. Even a couple inches will make a big difference in reducing reflux.
This guide should help you significantly reduce your reflux during pregnancy. Don’t let reflux steal the joy of your pregnancy. Don’t let reflux steal your precious sleep. Get all the rest now while you can! If these tips do not significantly reduce your reflux during pregnancy, please inform your doctor.
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