Saturday, October 6, 2012

How to prevent indigestion, heartburn and itching during pregnancy

Indigestion and heartburn when pregnant: Indigestion is partly caused by hormonal changes and in later pregnancy by your growing uterus pressing on your stomach. Heartburn is more than just indigestion. It is a strong, burning pain in the chest caused by stomach acid passing from your stomach into the tube leading to your stomach. This is because the valve between your stomach and this tube relaxes during pregnancy.
Prevent indigestion during pregnancy  
Try eating smaller meals more often.
Sit up straight when you are eating, as this takes the pressure off your stomach.
Avoid the foods which affect you, e.g. fried or highly spiced food, but make sure you are still eating well .It is useful to know more about healthy eating.
How to prevent heartburn during pregnancy  
Heartburn is often brought on by lying flat. Sleep well propped up with plenty of pillows.
Avoid eating and drinking for a few hours before you go to bed.
Your midwife or GP may prescribe an antacid if the problem is persistent.
How to ease heartburn 
Drink a glass of milk. Have one by your bed in case you wake with heartburn in the night.
Note that you should not take antacid tablets before checking with your midwife, doctor or pharmacist that they are safe for you to take.
Itching during pregnancy      
Mild itching is common in pregnancy because of the increased blood supply to the skin. In late pregnancy the skin of the abdomen is stretched and this may also cause itchiness.
How to avoid itching during pregnancy   
Wearing loose clothing may help.
You may also want to avoid synthetic materials.

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