Heartburn.

Heartburn is a common complaint during pregnancy. This occurs because certain hormones relax the smooth muscle within the digestive tract causing gastric acid to spill up into lower esophagus. This can worsen as the growing fetus increasingly places more pressure on mom`s stomach. Here are 6 tips to prevent or relieve heartburn.Eat smaller, frequent meals.

  1. Avoid spicy and greasy foods. Also limit acidic foods such as dark chocolate
  2. Eat slowly and chew food thoroughly.
  3. Drink liquids between meals but limit drinks which increase stomach acidity such as coffee.
  4. Sit up while eating.
  5. Wait for at least 3 hours after eating before lying down.

Nausea

Many women suffer from nausea at this time. My wife felt so bad that she couldn`t even hold down water anymore. At this point medical intervention is necessary and there is a real risk of dehydration and excessive weight loss which can be dangerous for the mother and the fetus. Once we arrived at the hospital, we were surprised to learn that she was actually carrying twins! No wonder she felt so ill.

Hopefully you will not experience nausea this extreme, it is seriously unpleasant. But if you have some mild nausea, here are 4 tips to easing that awful feeling.

  1. Eat smaller, frequent meals.
  2. Eat dry toast, crackers or rice cakes.
  3. Rise slowly and take your time when you have been sleeping, lying down or sitting.
  4. Drink carbonated beverages instead of water, citrus-based juices such as orange juice, water, tea, milk or coffee.

Constipation

As explained with heartburn, certain hormones cause the smooth muscle of the digestive tract, this includes the intestines, to relax. Consequently peristalsis or bowel movement does not work as well as it normally would resulting in constipation. It is not uncommon at all for hemorrhoids to develop at this stage.

A laxative which draws water into the bowels to ease the movement of waste such as Duphalac ®is usually prescribed, it causes very little discomfort compared to laxatives which force peristaltic contractions such as aloe-based products. Please be sure though to discuss options with your doctor before deciding to use any type of medication, even if it is herbal. Here are 4 tips to help alleviate constipation.

  1. Drink a minimum of eight glasses of liquids per day.
  2. Eat plenty of roughage from fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
  3. Commit to regular exercise if it is safe to do so. Check with your doctor.
  4. Unless absolutely necessary, try not to resist the urge to go to the loo as it can increase the likelihood of developing hemorrhoids and discourage healthy bowel movements further.

There you go! Some basic changes can make your pregnancy all that more comfortable.