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Indigestion During Pregnancy: Symptoms, Causes, And Tips

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Indigestion During Pregnancy: Symptoms, Causes, And Tips

Indigestion during pregnancy is very common. In fact, more than half of all pregnant women suffer from indigestion starting in their second trimester.

Causes

Indigestion during pregnancy is caused by several things, but pregnancy hormones are the main cause. These hormones cause the stomach to slow down and take longer to empty. Because of this, your stomach acid comes into contact with the sensitive protective lining of your digestive system.

Heartburn, often being the worst symptom, is caused by a few different things, too. Again, pregnancy hormones cause the muscle at the top of your stomach to relax, which allows stomach acids to splash up into your esophagus.

There’s also more pressure on your stomach from your growing womb pushing up on it, and forcing the stomach acid upwards.

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Although a lot of pregnant women will experience indigestion, it’s more likely in women who have experienced indigestion before pregnancy, women who have been pregnant once or more before, and those in their second and third trimesters.

Symptoms

Heartburn actually has nothing to do with your heart, and all to do with your stomach. Heartburn is probably the most annoying symptom of indigestion. It often feels like your insides are on fire, starting in your stomach and sometimes even all the way up into your throat.

Other symptoms include discomfort in your stomach, feeling uncomfortable after eating, stomach pain, burping, nausea, feeling bloated, regurgitation, even vomiting, and of course, having heartburn.

Prevention

Although it’s pretty much unavoidable to have absolutely no indigestion during pregnancy, there are a few things you can do to lessen the risk. A lot of the time all it takes is a few small diet and lifestyle changes.

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Food has a huge impact on whether or not you will experience indigestion during pregnancy. It’s best to avoid foods that are spicy, high in fat, greasy, caffeinated, or have a lot of citrus.

Don’t eat too quickly, instead take your time eating each meal. Also, don’t eat too much at once, but space your food out into smaller portions. And never eat more than a small snack within two hours before bed time. Laying down after a big meal, during the time your stomach would be digesting your food, will cause heartburn.

Try not to drink too much while eating. Drinking a lot, even water, during a meal often increases the risk of indigestion, specifically heartburn. If you have to, only take small sips, otherwise, it’s best to drink before or after a meal.

Use pillows to prop yourself up in bed, keeping your head and shoulders higher than your stomach. This should help prevent stomach acids from rising into your chest.

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Tight-fitting clothes can push up on your stomach. This can cause acid to splash upwards, causing heartburn, and make other indigestion symptoms worse. It’s best to wear loose, comfortable clothing, especially around your waist and stomach.

Treatment

Preventing indigestion is your best chance, but when you find yourself suffering from discomfort and pain caused by indigestion during pregnancy, and diet and lifestyle changes didn’t work, it’s best to seek medical advice from your doctor or midwife.

With their approval, there are medications available to treat indigestion during pregnancy, such as antacids and prescription drugs.

Antacids are usually the most common and are typically okay to take during pregnancy, but ask a doctor or pharmacist first. Antacids work by neutralizing the acid in your stomach.

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Acid-suppressing medications are prescribed by doctors, often after trying antacids first. These suppress the acid in your stomach.

As always, speak with your doctor or midwife to get the best advice or medication in order to help prevent or treat indigestion during pregnancy.

Featured photo credit: Vanessa Porter via flickr.com

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Last Updated on January 5, 2022

How to Help Your Child to Get Better Grades

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How to Help Your Child to Get Better Grades

Children are most likely to say that they want to just lounge around or rest for a while after spending hours listening to lecture after lecture from their teachers. There is nothing wrong with this if they had a rough day.

What’s disturbing, is if they deliberately stay away from schoolwork or procrastinate when it comes to reviewing for their tests or completing an important science project.

When it seems that it is becoming a habit for your child to put off school work, it’s time for you to step in and help your child develop good study habits to get better grades. It is important for you to emphasize to your child the importance of setting priorities early in life. Don’t wait for them to flunk their tests, or worse, fail in their subjects before you talk to them about it.

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You can help your children hurdle their tests with these 7 tips:

1. Help them set targets

Ask your child what they want to achieve for that particular school year. Tell them to set a specific goal or target. If they say, “I want to get better grades,” tell them to be more specific. It will be better if they say they want to get a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Having a definite target will make it easier for them to undertake a series of actions to achieve their goals, instead of just “shooting for the moon.”

2. Preparation is key

At the start of the school year, teachers provide an outline of a subject’s scope along with a reading list and other course requirements. Make sure that your child has all the materials they need for these course requirements. Having these materials on hand will make sure that your child will have no reason to procrastinate and give them the opportunity to study in advance.

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3. Teach them to mark important dates

You may opt to give them a small notebook where they can jot down important dates or a planner that has dates where they can list their schedule. Ask them to show this to you so you can give them “gentle reminders” to block off the whole week before the dates of an exam. During this week, advise your child to not schedule any social activity so they can concentrate on studying.

4. Schedule regular study time

Encourage your child to set aside at least two hours every day to go through their lessons. This will help them remember the lectures for the day and understand the concepts they were taught. They should be encouraged to spend more time on subjects or concepts that they do not understand.

5. Get help

Some kids find it hard to digest or absorb mathematical or scientific concepts. Ask your child if they are having difficulties with their subjects and if they would like to seek the help of a tutor. There is nothing wrong in asking for the assistance of a tutor who can explain complex subjects.

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6. Schedule some “downtime”

Your child needs to relax from time to time. During his break, you can consider bringing your child to the nearest mall or grocery store and get them a treat. You may play board games with them during their downtime. The idea is to take his mind off studying for a limited period of time.

7. Reward your child

If your child achieves their goals for the school year, you may give them a reward such as buying them the gadget they have always wanted or allowing them to vacation wherever they want. By doing this, you are telling your child that hard work does pay off.

Conclusion

You need to take the time to monitor your child’s performance in school. Your guidance is essential to helping your child realize the need to prioritize their school activities. As a parent, your ultimate goal is to expose your child to habits that will lay down the groundwork for their future success.

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