Tackling your GERD during pregnancy
Inside – Why is GERD so prevalent in pregnancy? Natural ways to manage GERD in pregnancy including some natural interventions which can be helpful in helping with food reflux during pregnancy
GERD short for Gastrointestinal Esophageal Reflux Disease or acid reflux is a common condition during pregnancy
The most common symptoms that pregnant females will experience are burning sensation in their stomach, or in their throat, or in their chest. The prevalence of GERD during pregnancy is reported to be between 17 and 45 %, which is much higher than otherwise.
Pregnancy is such a delicate state and there are so many changes happening in a woman’s body that the GERD symptoms can not only be more annoying but often can be so severe that can lead to nausea and vomiting.
Now there are some changes in pregnancy that increase the chances of GERD.
First of all the symptoms in GERD are because of the stomach contents regurgitating back into the food pipe and that causes that burning sensation.
In pregnancy because of changes in hormones especially higher progesterone, the lower oesophagal sphincter tone decreases which causes more easy reflux of stomach contents into the oesophagus. This is the reason for morning sickness during pregnancy.
Also, progesterone causes smooth muscle relaxation so it also decreased the gastric motility so the food sits longer in your stomach and has more chances of refluxing back into the oesophagus. In the Later half of the pregnancy when the uterus is enlarged it causes increased intraabdominal pressure and causes the reflux to get worse.
In pregnancy, everybody is cautious about taking any medicine or supplements because of any adverse reactions, and do I believe that this is the right approach.
But that doesn’t mean that pregnant females have to suffer through this issue and can’t do anything.
Here are some natural interventions which can be helpful in helping with food reflux during pregnancy:
Obviously, if none of the interventions are working for you then you should consult your physician about potential medications with can be safe during pregnancy.
GERD is a prevalent condition during pregnancy, and sometimes can be difficult to treat. There are some natural ways to take care of GERD and heartburn symptoms during pregnancy and that’s what we discussed above. Hope some of these remedies will be useful for you during this important time of pregnancy.
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Dr. Anshul Gupta MD is Board-Certified Family Medicine Physician, with advanced certification in Functional Medicine, Peptide therapy and also Fellowship trained in Integrative Medicine.Continue Reading…
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