Many women suffer from acid reflux during their pregnancy period. Acid reflux occurs mostly during the last few months of the pregnancy period. Often you would experience a sour and burning sensation in the food path or esophagus, a sour taste in the mouth and a hatred for food.
Reasons for acid reflux during pregnancy Period
The main reason for occurrence of acid reflux is due to the hormonal changes that occur during the pregnancy period. Another reason is due to the bulging uterus which puts pressure on the stomach and reducing the capacity of the stomach to digest.
Following are some of the natural home remedies that can help cure acid reflux:
Basic Guidelines and Lifestyle Changes that need to be followed
Consume frequent small meals
Avoid consuming three big meals a day. Always take some food in small quantities, very often throughout the day. Also, after having dinner, make sure that you go to sleep only after 3 hours.
Drink a lot of water
It is mandatory that you drink a lot of fluids throughout the day. It is advisable to drink about 8 to 10 glasses of water per day.
Keep away from Junk Foods
Our stomach would be unable to digest the junk foods – Keep away from foods rich in fat. Also avoid foods that are spicy. Do not consume fried food items. Consuming these foods would result in increased acid reflux.
Avoid Caffeine and Carbonated drinks
Consuming foods that are rich in caffeine and carbonated drinks result in heartburn and acid reflux. Also avoid chocolates.
Avoid Non Vegetarian Food
The main reason for acidity is consumption of non vegetarian food and fried food. Try to avoid as much as possible.
Foods that ease Digestion
Pineapple is a very good fruit that maintains the acid levels in the stomach and prevents heartburns
Yogurt is a good option for those suffering from acid reflux. The probiotics that are found in yogurt have been found to help neutralize the acid in the Esophagus. For some people, milk and ice cream have been found to of great remedy for acid reflux.
Papaya is a very safe food that can be consumed during pregnancy period. The digestive enzymes contained in it soothe the stomach. The fruit has the ability to ease digestion and cure heartburn. Many people believe that papaya should not be taken if pregnant. This is not true.
Other foods that prevent acid reflux
Bread, almonds and fruit juices are other foods that are good to be consumed during the pregnancy period.
Herbal Remedies for Acid Reflux during Pregnancy
Aloe Vera Juice
There are a lot of Aloe Vera concentrates available in the market today. You need to take a cup of Aloe Vera juice daily before food both in the morning and evening to ease digestion and cure stomach ulcers, if any.
Tender coconut is a very good naturally available drink that can be consumed during pregnancy period. Even if you do not suffer from heartburn, tender coconut can be consumed on a regular basis.
Milk of raw coconut
People of south India have the habit of having raw coconut milk along with tiffin like Idiappam. This is a very good remedy for acid reflux.
Ginger is a very good home remedy for heart burn. It has a very good capability to aid digestion. You can consume it in the form of ginger tea.
Fennel tea can be consumed by expectant mothers to ease digestion and control heartburn. You can boil a cup of water and put in 2 spoons of fennel seeds in it. Allow it to boil till the liquid becomes a concentrate. This is a very good remedy for acid reflux and heartburn.
You may try eating a piece or two of garlic cloves. It is good to used whole cloves while cooking.
It is always good to consult a doctor before consuming any specific medicines. Sine you might be already taking few medicines, there should not be any contraindications due to consumption of any specific medicines.