Upset stomach, gas, constipation, swelling, acid reflux, etc are common during pregnancy. The secretion of hormones, change in food preference, together with growth of baby impact the digestion and leads to many mild to moderate stomach troubles. Needless to say, most pregnant women experience the terrible vomiting and nausea. How to manage these stomach troubles during pregnancy? Enjoy the bliss of pregnancy without any woes on stomach problems.
Morning Sickness – Nausea and Vomiting
Nausea and vomiting are so common during pregnancy. While nausea almost vanishes during the second trimester, vomiting remains until delivering the baby! If you have nausea and vomiting troubling you from the very first minute you wake up, eat some dry foods. You can get some nuts or cookies or toasts or cereals soon after getting out of bed! Don’t drink any liquid beverages in the empty stomach.
• Ginger may control nausea. Don’t take it too much.
• Get spiced tea and drink fluids generously. However, make sure not to large quantity of fluids.
• If your vomiting sensation increases with strong aroma, just avoid those foods.
GERD / Acid Reflux
Digestion is another problem encountered during pregnancy. Optimal digestion is not Avoid caffeinated drinks and high sugar foods. Eat small quantity meals at frequent intervals rather than one big meal. Add some digestive spices like ginger, fennel, etc to help your internal organs function effectively.
Constipation is yet another major concern for pregnant women. It occurs due to fluctuating hormones, iron and vitamin supplements. Since you cannot drink more and more water, replace water with other liquids like tender coconut, soup, fresh fruit juices, etc.
Drink a glass of warm water every night before you sleep as well as in your empty stomach (if you suffer from vomiting and nausea, you can skip it at morning).
Add more fibre in your diet. Include a lot of leafy greens to get sufficient dose of fibre. Make sure to eat fibre in your noon meal as it will take more time get digest.
Quick tips to overall care during pregnancy!
• Make sure to get adequate rest!
• Get some physical activity (it can be mild like walking, yoga with trainer, etc)
• Balance yourself with work and rest (Sitting idle too much is harmful)
• Plan and schedule for monthly checks without fail
• Get sufficient doses of nutrition
• Wear light and comforting clothes
• Hear good music or read books to calm your mind
• Avoid sudden movements, especially getting up from chair or waking up from bed.
• Sleep on your left as it will promote blood circulation all over the body.