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Eating to Prevent Heartburn during Pregnancy

June 3rd, 2011 3 comments

 

Heartburn and PregnancyHeartburn does not just affect those who are high stressed or love their spicy foods.  Pregnant women suffer from heartburn too.  You will find as your pregnancy progresses that antacids tend to become your best friend.   Heartburn has nothing to do with your heart. It is when the acid from your stomach leaks up into the esophagus.

 

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Heartburn is very common during pregnancy.  In fact one in four women experience heartburn during their pregnancy usually during the third trimester A number of factors are to blame for heartburn during pregnancy. The changes in hormone levels, new sensitivities to food, and the pressure being put on the stomach by the growing baby can all contribute to heartburn. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to reduce your chances of getting heartburn, and to treat it when it does occur. There is an old wives tale that if you have bad heartburn, your baby will have a lot of hair.   Of course there is no proof in this but it is a fun thing to believe in.

 

Ways you can help prevent heartburn during pregnancy:


  • Start by taking your time while you eat.  Not only will you enjoy your food better but your stomach will not have to work as hard to digest your food.
  • Try eating early and eat at least two hours before you go to bed that night so your body has plenty of time to digest your food.
  • Keep your meals small. Stick with eating six small meals throughout the day. Large meals tend to stuff up your stomach which is already extra squashed thanks to your uterus.  A stuffed stomach makes it that more likely that some of the food along with stomach acid will make its way back up the esophagus.
  • Keep your fluids and solids separate.  Too much fluid mixed with too much food can distend the stomach which can aggravate heartburn.
  • Eat sitting up. Don’t eat while lying down, and if you are having a bed time snack make sure you are propped up by pillows.

Your weight plays a part in how much heartburn you may experience.  The heavier you are, the more pressure you are placing on your esophageal sphincter.  This is another reason why you should not gain to much more than the recommended amount.

 

What Foods can cause heartburn?

Some foods you might want to stay away from are highly seasoned spicy foods, soda, tomatoes sauce, chocolate, and some citrus.  Greasy foods are also a big contributor to heartburn.   Cutting out greasy, fried food is going to help with your heartburn prevention.  Once you figure out what foods cause heartburn, you can cut them out of your diet.

 

Heartburn Treatment Options

When all else fails, take something for your heartburn.  Tums and Rolaids are perfectly safe to take during pregnancy.  If you are not comfortable taking any over the counter medicines try some natural ways such as eating a handful of almonds.  Almonds are a stomach settler and might help with your heartburn.  Another natural remedy is a tablespoon of honey mixed with milk is a favorite for preventing heartburn.

Like with some pregnancy discomforts, heartburn is one that can be avoided as long as you take the steps and eat properly.  Even without suffering from a lot of heartburn, your baby still could be born with a full head of hair.

By changing your diet and eating habits and using a few simple preventative methods, you might be lucky enough to avoid most bouts with heartburn. If not, there are treatment options that are safe and effective. Don’t suffer with bad heartburn needlessly – take action today!

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Heartburn or Heart Attack? How to Tell

June 2nd, 2011 8 comments

Heartburn or Heart Attack? How to TellChest pain is one of the most common reasons a person goes to the emergency room. While many of these patients are suffering from a heart attack, some actually may be experiencing severe heartburn. Often, the pain caused by a heart attack and during a severe heartburn episode is so difficult to distinguish that sophisticated medical testing is needed to determine whether or not you are having a heart attack.

Brain can mix-up pain signals from chest and stomach
GERD and other gastrointestinal problems such as muscle spasms in the esophagus, ulcers, gallbladder attack and pancreatitis can all cause chest pain and other symptoms that feel like a heart attack or angina, a crushing type of chest pain caused by decreased blood flow to the heart.

According to the Mayo Clinic, about 300,000 new cases of non-cardiac chest pain are diagnosed annually in the United States. Studies have shown that anywhere between 22% and 66% of patients with non-cardiac chest pain have GERD, which is caused by chronic acid reflux from the stomach into the esophagus.

The ambiguity in symptoms is caused by the fact that the nerves in the stomach and heart don’t clearly signal to the brain where pain originates.

Possible signs of heartburn that could be mistaken for a heart attack include:

  • A sharp, burning sensation just below the breastbone or ribs.
  • Pain usually comes after meals, when lying on the back, when exercising or when experiencing anxiety.
  • Pain generally does not radiate to the shoulders, neck, or arms, but it can.
  • Symptoms usually respond quickly to antacids.
  • Rarely accompanied by a cold sweat.

Possible signs of angina (severe pain in chest area) or heart attack:

  • A feeling of fullness, tightness, or dull pressure or pain generally in the center of the chest.
  • The feeling of a belt being tightened around your chest.
  • Sudden chest pain or pressure that worsens.
  • Pain may spread to the shoulders, neck, jaw or arms.
  • Dizziness.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Pain often responds quickly to nitroglycerin.
  • Often accompanied by a cold sweat.
  • Possible light headedness.

If you have any pain that lasts for more than a few minutes or any warning signs of a heart attack, seek immediate medical attention.

Reasons for Heartburn

June 1st, 2011 2 comments

Heartburn typically occurs after eating a large meal or drinking a lot of alcohol. Some people get heartburn when they bend over or lie down.

The frequency of stomach acid reflux varies from one person to another. For most people, it happens very rarely. But weekly or daily incidents of heartburn or acid regurgitation may occur.

 

What can I do to help myself?

  • Try to lose a little weight by eating healthy. Extra weight around the midsection, especially, can press against the stomach and increase the pressure going up toward the LES (lower esophageal sphincter)
  • Avoid large fatty or spicy meals. Eat more frequently. the more volume in the stomach, the more likely the stomach contents will splash toward the LES. Try eating four to five small meals instead of two or three large ones.
  • Try not to eat just before bedtime.
  • Try to cut down on coffee. Coffee, caffeinated tea and cola can increase the acid content in the stomach as well as relax the LES.
  • Avoid drinking too much alcohol.
  • Quit smoking or reduce your smoking habits
  • If suffering from nightly symptoms, try using an extra pillow or putting a couple of books under the legs at the head of the bed.
  • Drink a small glass of water at the end of meals to help dilute and wash down any stomach acid that might be splashing up into the esophagus
  • Drink heartburn-friendly beverages like water, mineral water, decaffeinated tea, noncitrus juices, or nonfat or low-fat milk
  • Avoid Beverages like Sodas and certain Juices. Sodas can bloat the abdomen and encourage stomach acid to splash up into the esophagus, while Tomato and citrus juices can irritate a damaged esophagus
  • Eat a high fiber diet - A recent study found that people who followed a high-fiber meal plan were 20% less likely to have heartburn symptoms, regardless of their body weight. You’ll find fiber in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts and seeds (basically unprocessed plant foods).
  • If heartburn or acid regurgitations are rare (less than five times a month) medicines bought from a chemist such as antacids can be used.

What is Heartburn?

May 30th, 2011 6 comments

Heartburn is caused by stomach acids rising up in to the esophagus, also called reflux. It happens when the sphincter at the opening of the esophagus relaxes, allowing the acids that break down food in the stomach to come up. reasons for heartburnThis creates a burning feeling that, if left untreated, can eventually damage the esophagus. This type of chronic reflux is a serious problem that should be addressed. It can be so incredibly painful as to be nearly debilitating, interrupting sleep and making meals unpleasant.

Despite its name, heartburn has nothing to do with the heart. A few of the symptoms, though, are comparable to those of heart disease or a heart attack. We will cover this in more detail in a different post.

Common Heartburn symptoms:

  • A burning feeling in the chest just behind the breastbone that occurs after eating and lasts a few minutes to several hours.
  • Chest pain, especially after bending over, lying down or eating.
  • Burning in the throat — or hot, sour, acidic or salty-tasting fluid at the back of the throat.
  • Difficulty swallowing.
  • Feeling of food “sticking” in the middle of the chest or throat.
  • Heartburn may cause chronic cough, sore throat, or chronic hoarseness.

Heartburn can be brought on by numerous conditions and a preliminary diagnosis of Gastroesophogal disease (GERD) is dependent on additional signs and symptoms.

It also is common in expectant women, and may be triggered or caused by consuming food in large quantities, or eating certain foods containing certain spices, high fat content, or high acid content.

Infrequent heartburn isn’t dangerous, but chronic heartburn can point to severe problems and can progress into GERD. Unfortunately heartburn is a daily occurrence for roughly 10% of Americans and up to 50% of pregnant women. It’s an occasional nuisance for 30% of the population.

 

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