How to Reduce Indigestion and Bloating Issues in Pregnancy

Bloating Issues in Pregnancy

Understanding the Causes of Bloating Issues in Pregnancy:

As your body adapts to pregnancy, changes in hormone levels, particularly an increase in progesterone, can lead to relaxed muscles, including those in the intestines. This relaxation reduces peristaltic movements, slowing down digestion and causing gas buildup in the abdomen. The growing uterus further contributes to pressure, slowing digestion and resulting in bloating and flatulence. Iron supplements can exacerbate these symptoms due to poor absorption in the gut.

Tips to Alleviate Symptoms of Bloating Issues in Pregnancy:

  1. Small and Frequent Meals:
    • Opt for smaller, more frequent meals to aid digestion and prevent regurgitation.
  2. Adequate Hydration:
    • Drink a minimum of 2 liters of water daily. Proper hydration supports digestion and nutrient absorption.
  3. Incorporate Digestive Spices:
    • Add cumin, coriander, and cardamom seeds to your diet, possibly through herbal teas. Boil 2g of each spice in 2 glasses of water for 5 minutes, strain, and sip. Studies suggest these spices enhance gut health and nutrient absorption.
  4. Limit Certain Foods:
    • Reduce intake of chilies, tomatoes, deep-fried foods, caffeine, and tea.
  5. Include Milk in Your Diet:
    • Opt for milk, especially when mixed with water and boiled, to ease digestion and assimilation.
  6. Nap in Left Lateral Position:
    • Taking naps in a left lateral position can prevent the regurgitation of gastric contents.

If symptoms persist or worsen, consult an Ayurvedic pregnancy specialist. They can assess for any organic lesions and recommend personalized medication based on your body type (prakriti) and doshic imbalance (vikriti).

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