indigestion

Indigestion is a common problem that affects many people all over the world. Indigestion leads to many symptoms and problems like

  • Heartburn
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Bloating
  • Regurgitation
  • Headache
  • GERD (acid reflux)

 

These conditions cause severe irritation and does not allow a person to eat freely. It also causes pain in the abdomen, especially upper abdomen. Sometimes the indigestion leads to severe conditions like IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). Indigestion, scientifically called as dyspepsia, though very bothering and causes discomfort, it can be treated very easily by following simple home remedies.

The symptoms of indigestion increases easily during pregnancy. Heartburn is one major symptom that majorly occurs in pregnant women.

What causes indigestion in pregnant women?

During pregnancy, pregnancy hormone causes various changes in the body. The progesterone hormone increases during pregnancy, which relaxes the muscles and also causes the stomach muscles to relax. When the muscle relaxes, the valve that holds the stomach acid that helps digestion, also gets loose, which makes the acid to pass upwards through the esophagus.

When the acid moves upwards, it causes heartburn. Heartburn causes difficulty in eating and also causes irritation. The growing uterus and tummy, makes the acid flow worsen. Indigestion also causes irritation in the esophagus and stomach.

Indigestion also causes frequent burping and bloating during pregnancy. Frequent passing of gas might also occur, as a result of bloating.

A pregnant women might have symptoms right from the beginning or 27 weeks on-wards. The more the tummy grows, the more the indigestion occurs.

Some women, might just keep vomiting because of indigestion during pregnancy. Some women feel only heartburn and no indigestion at all.

Now let’ see the natural ways and remedies to avoid indigestion during pregnancy.

Things you can do at home to treat indigestion and heartburn during pregnancy

Here are many simple ways you could recover and avoid indigestion during pregnancy. Though there might severe craving for food that you like the most, you need to keep things under control to avoid indigestion and heartburn.

Eat small meals

When you have heartburn, acid reflux, you need to eat meals in frequent intervals in small quantities. This will help you reduce heartburn and also help you digest the food easily. When you eat tummy full 3 square meals, it will be difficult for your body to take it in. Which might lead to indigestion, vomit or regurgitation.

Sit upright

Once you finish you meal, try to sit in upright position for the next 30 minutes, it will help the food to pass through the stomach smoothly. This will prevent acid reflux and regurgitation.

Avoid junk

It is the right time to avoid consuming junk food once you know you are pregnant. Though you might have craving to eat our favorite snack, its best to avoid oily food that causes severe heartburn.

Avoid smoking and alcohol

Smoking and regular alcohol consumption causes indigestion and heartburn. It also affects the growth and health of the fetus.

Chew and swallow

It is an old saying that digestion process starts right from the mouth, it is very much applicable for everyone, especially for pregnant women. Chewing and swallowing food properly is a very important task that will help you minimize heartburn and indigestion. It helps to breakdown food particles simple and food gets digested easily.

Consume tender coconut water

Tender coconut is one of the most effective remedies that helps to treat indigestion and heartburn. Fresh tender coconut water contains electrolytes and natural coolants that help to neutralize the acid flow and secretion. This also boosts the energy levels and prevents dehydration effectively.

Papaya

There is a myth which says “consuming papaya fruits leads to miscarriage or abortion of the fetus”. Many women avoid the nutrition rich fruit once they plan to get conceived. That saying is just a myth. Papaya, when consumed in moderation, contains many essential nutrients that are important for the health of the mother and the growing fetus. The enzymes and minerals present in papaya, helps to alleviate the symptoms of heartburn. It also helps to prevent constipation, which is also a major issue during pregnancy.

Almonds

Almond is a popular nut that helps to add many nutrients to your health. The essential oil in almonds helps to neutralize the stomach acid that is secreted. It also increases calcium and protein when consumed regularly.

Milk and yogurt

Consuming cold or warm milk in small intervals will help you alleviate the symptoms of heart burn and indigestion. This also soothes the burning sensation in the upper stomach. Yogurt also helps to reduce the irritation caused by indigestion. When yogurt is diluted and consumed as buttermilk, it treats and cures the bloating, gassiness and burning sensation. Buttermilk can be consumed by adding a pinch of cumin seed powder and asafoetida.

There are many over the counter medicines in powder form which you can consume by mixing with water, but when you are a mom-to-be, it is always better to follow natural home remedies.

Have a happy pregnancy.

 

 

 

Kripa Sivasubramanian, MBA, earned her Master’s degree in Business. After a long stint in the Technology sector, she took up courses in natural medicine and yoga. Ms. Kripa is certified in Ayurvedic yoga for Dosha. She is also certified by Stanford University School of Medicine in Introduction to Food and Health.