Discomfort after meals during pregnancy weeks 13 - week 16

(June 1, 2010)

Meals During Pregnancy

When going through a pregnancy, the kind of care you give your body will play a significant role in how successful the pregnancy is as well as how healthy the child is when born. Because of the substantial emotional and physical changes that take place during this period, an expecting mother is likely to experience a lot of discomfort. It is important to explore the avenues that could make the mother’s life a little more comfortable as it will relieve some of the stress that she is under at this point. Discomfort after eating is one of the most common complications that an expecting mother will experience during a pregnancy and is the result of the uterus pushing down on the stomach and therefore forcing the acids up through the esophagus. The mother is likely to experience a burning sensation that extends up from the bottom of the breastbone to the lower part of the throat. It is important to keep in mind the fact that the hormonal and physical changes in the body that take place during a pregnancy are, to some extent, responsible for the  amount of discomfort that the expecting mother experiences. Most women will experience the development of heartburn or gastrointestinal discomfort around the later part of the pregnancy, but experiencing it in only the 13 week is also normal. Just to be on the safe side, however, it is important that you visit your doctor to make sure that the condition is not the result of any other underlying medical condition. In most cases though, the discomfort will usually recur until the time your baby is delivered.
Given the fact that the condition is so common, it comes as no surprise that a number of methods to reduce its impact on the mother’s lifestyle have been used over the ages. For example, instead of eating 3 large meals over the course of the day, try cutting down to smaller meals spread over the course of the day. Also make sure that you chew your food thoroughly whenever you eat as this will help the digestive process significantly. Wear loose and comfortable clothing, making sure that they do not add any tightness around the waist or tummy. While the bad effects of smoking are constantly ignored all over the world, it is considerably more harmful when a woman is pregnant and is known to increase the likelihood of heartburn.

Submitted by P T on June 1, 2010 at 03:10

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