Acupuncture May Relieve Heartburn During Pregnancy

By Ashley | February 18, 2010
Acupuncture For Pregnancy Heartburn

Pregnancy and childbirth is one of the most enriching experiences in life any woman can have. However, with the wonder and amazement of nurturing a life within your body, come the various changes that your body has to undergo. These changes are brought about by the variations in hormones that your body produces, and by the growth of the child within your womb. During the last three months of the pregnancy, the uterus, which is now enlarged, tends to displace the stomach. The acids which are produced within the stomach have a tendency to rise up the esophagus, causing the condition of heartburn and GERD.

Acupuncture During Heartburn in Pregnancy

Acupuncture is an age old Chinese remedy that helps in gaining relief from a number of illnesses. The practice of acupuncture involves the relief of pressure from certain pressure points of the body, and directing the same pressure to other parts of the body for their smooth functioning. To treat heartburn through acupuncture, the pressure on the esophagus is adjusted, thereby lowering the acidity experienced and assisting in the smooth functioning of the digestive organs. However, it is important to get your doctor’s approval before you start an acupuncture treatment. It is also very important that you only go to a trained acupuncture specialist.

There are a number of over the counter drugs available to help ease the discomfort caused by Pregnancy Heartburn. However, because of the fragile state of the unborn child, these drugs are not recommended and there are numerous home remedies that have been recommended to help feel more comfortable.

Heartburn in Pregnancy Remedies

One of the best ways of relieving yourself from heartburn during a pregnancy is by eating slowly, allowing your food to digest over a period of time. It is also recommended that instead of eating three large meals, you break up your meals into six smaller meals, spread out over the span of the day. Not only does this help in reducing the strain on the digestive system, but also ensures that you are well nourished throughout the day. Another age old remedy of relieving heartburn lies in the consumption of milk, yoghurt or buttermilk immediately after a meal. Chewing on cumin seeds after a meal is another recommended remedy for reducing heartburn. A short walk after having eaten will help to digest your food and gives your changing body the exercise required for good health, as well as the good health of your baby. Foods that are high in acidic content or deep fried, rich fatty foods should be avoided, as they are not easily digested and will give rise to heartburn. Drinking lots of water during the day is also known to lower the level of acidity in the stomach.

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