Indigestion – Symptoms and Remedies

Slowing down of the digestive process during pregnancy may lead to indigestion with many uncomfortable symptoms. This may happen during any stage of the pregnancy but is aggravated during the third trimester as the growing fetus takes up most of the space in the abdomen.

So, what are the symptoms of indigestion?

Indigestion during pregnancy  is generally seen after every meal, the main symptoms include

  • Bloating
  • Discomfort and/or pain in the stomach and/or chest
  • Regurgitation and Heartburn
  • Nausea and/or Vomiting
  • Burping

When do you see them normally?

These symptoms though seen anytime during your pregnancy, worsen around the 26th to 27th week.

What can you do about it?

Don’t let indigestion dampen your mood. Let’s look at some practical remedies to beat it.

  1. Space out your meals and eat lesser portions: It’s a myth that you need to eat for two. Eat less and around five or six times a day to keep your gut moving.
  2. Pop an antacid: Antacids are safe to use during pregnancy but in moderation. So, as long you are not popping a handful of them, you can use them for some relief. (Do remember to talk to your doctor if you are planning to take any medications during pregnancy).
  3. Mind your weight: Doctors recommend a maximum of the 25-30-pound range of weight gain during pregnancy. Keep yourself within this range limit.
  4. Avoid Midnight Snacking and Precipitating Foods:  Dinner should be mostly eaten 2-3 hours before sleep. Also, to prevent indigestion, it would be best to avoid consuming:
  • Caffeine/Coffee
  • Greasy/Oily food
  • Junk food
  • Spicy food

5  Posture:

Eating: Sit with your back straight (have a back support if you need) while you eat.

Sleeping: To prevent acid reflux, keeping your head propped up (about six inches) with a pillow.

6  Home remedies:

  • Honey and warm milk (you can add haldi if you like)
  • Almonds
  • Papaya – Ripe ones only (Unripe ones may cause uterine contractions)

7  Watch what you wear:

Loose-fitting and comfortable clothing will avoid adding pressure to your tummy.

 

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Aishwarya

Dr. Aishwarya Rajeev has completed her MDS degree and is currently pursuing her PhD. She is an avid reader and loves to teach and write!

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