Nutrition

Nutrition

HOW TO DEAL WITH PREGNANCY AND HEARTBURN

Monday, April 18, 2016

I'm kinda obsessed with hot sauce, sirracha, chilli flakes - basically anything that makes my everything a little spicy. I blame my pregnancies. The second time around though I went a little overboard - oh the burn. Combine my heartburn with my hormones and I was a fire-breathing dragon! Scary. Check out this article from http://wellroundedny.com that gives you great tips to ease the burn....

WRITTEN BY - ANITA MIRCHANDANI

6 tips to help ease this unpleasant pregnancy side affect.

Among the many unpleasant symptoms of pregnancy is heartburn — a common term for stomach acids creeping back up into the esophagus, resulting in a burning sensation usually in the upper chest area. Most often it is related to the growing belly and the lack of space surrounding the developing baby. In addition, the digestive system moves at a slower pace due to the hormonal changes experienced in this stage of pregnancy. Sounds glamorous, doesn’t it?

Here’s 6 basic tips to help you manage your heartburn symptoms:

    1. Don’t eat right before you sleep. Give yourself at least 2-3 hours post dinner before you get horizontal. Laying down after eating could cause the stomach acids to creep upwards unnecessarily. As it is, the digestive system is working slowly so it’s important to sit upright post meals.
    2. Sleep elevated. If you find yourself experiencing heartburn during the night, keep yourself propped up with a few extra pillows. While it may not be fun to sleep on an elevation, focus on this at least until the feeling subsides.
    3. Eat smaller, more frequent meals. Towards the third trimester, focus on eating smaller, more frequent meals. Ideally, the meals should be a balanced combination of protein, fats and carbohydrates. A high-fat snack or meal focus could contribute to additional discomfort. This will help you manage your heartburn more easily. In addition, try to avoid the last meal as the largest meal.
    4. Watch what you eat. The most common “heartburn” triggers include caffeine, high-fat foods, greasy foods and over seasoned foods. Consume in moderation and in combination with other food groups.... For the complete article jump to http://wellroundedny.com/pregnancy-heartburn/