Indigestion, upset stomach and other digestive issues: What you need to know

As awesome a time pregnancy is for you, the drastic hormonal changes maybe creating a host of digestive issues for you which are uncomfortable to say the least. Here are some common issues which may ail your digestive system now.
  • Indigestion The hormones have now relaxed the muscles throughout your body, including those of the digestive system. Thus your digestive processes have slowed down causing you to after a meal have indigestion. This could leave you with heartburn, bloating, acid reflux or feeling full even if you didn’t eat much. To prevent it: eat more frequent small meals throughout the day and try and wait at least an hour after a meal before lying down.
  • Bloating With all the relaxed muscles now digestion has slowed down and you feel bloated. What you can do about it: drink lots of water to help flush out the fluids from the body and take a walk after your meal to help digestion.
  • Heartburn The relaxed muscles include the esophageal sphincter which is at the top of your stomach holding the stomach acid in place, so there is a chance the acid is pushed into the oesophagus causing heartburn. To tackle heartburn: have small frequent meals and avoid drinking while eating.
  • Constipation The relaxed bowel muscles find it harder to contract now and thus make passing of stool more difficult. To tackle constipation: have warm fluids to kick start the bowel movements and use the squatting potty to make it easier for the stool to pass out of the body.
  • Diarrhoea This can be attributed to the new diet, extra water you are drinking or the exercise you have begun. To help cure it: avoid fatty or spicy food and have starchy food and yoghurt.
If any of these issues persists or is very uncomfortable consult your gynaecologist.