Hormone changes during pregnancy, combined with your growing belly, can make it easier for stomach acid to wash up into the throat. Here are some ways to put out the fire:
- Eat small, frequent meals (this will also help with morning sickness).
- Stay away from greasy or fried food, coffee, cola, and smoking (which you should avoid during pregnancy anyway).
- Eat slowly and chew your food well.
- Don’t lie down for at least half an hour after meals.
- Prop up your head and shoulders while you’re asleep.
- Try calcium carbonate, an antacid that’s also used as a calcium supplement. Don’t take more than the dose recommended on the package, and don’t treat yourself with any other over-the-counter medications (including other antacids) before checking with your doctor or pharmacist.
Considering the enormous amount of work your body is doing right now, it’s usual to feel completely exhausted. The best solution: rest! Give yourself permission to get the sleep you need, even if this means adjusting your schedule and asking for help with household chores. About 10 hrs sleep/ lying down per day (2 hrs in noon and 8 hrs at night) preferably with leg side slightly raised.
In the first trimester, those frequent bathroom trips are due to the pregnancy hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), which causes increased urination. In the second trimester, you usually get a bit of a break from bathroom time. But in the third trimester, bathroom breaks are back as the growing uterus puts pressure on the bladder. What can you do?
- avoid caffeine
- avoid fluids in the early evening and before bedtime – drink more fluids during the rest of the day to make up for this
- go to the bathroom when you feel the urge
- when you urinate, lean forward to help the bladder empty more