Digestion and Breathing problems

 

Indigestion or Heartburn

 

Indication of heartburn is a burning sensation, first felt in the stomach and seems to rise up into the throat. The hormonal changes slow down digestion while the growing uterus presses against the stomach, which already contains liquid and food. This then causes the food in the stomach, which is mixed with acids to move up the food pipe or esophagus inducing heartburns. Ease the problem by:

●      Eat small, frequent meals.

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●      Avoid foods that cause gas such as spicy or greasy foods.

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●      Sit up while eating.

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●      Sleep with your head and upper body on a couple of pillows.

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●      Do not eat before bedtime.

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●      Wait two hours after eating before exercising.

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●      Avoid excessive amounts of caffeinated beverages, smoking, and restrictive clothing.

 

Nausea and Vomiting

 

More commonly called morning sickness. Occurs during the first three months of pregnancy and can occur any time during the day. There are some things you can do to feel more comfortable:

●      Eat several small meals instead of three large meals.

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●      Arise slowly and sit up for sometimes.

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●      Avoid spicy, greasy or fried foods.

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●      Avoid strong cooking odors, tobacco smoke or chemical fumes.

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●      Drink carbonated beverages which have been allowed to sit open for one half hour to let some of the gas escape.

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●      Peppermint or chamomile tea may relieve indigestion.

 

Dizziness

 

A very common complaint, it may be caused closer to the time of delivery and is related to circulatory changes. It could also be caused by flu, hypertension, diabetes or thyroid disorders. Avoid lying on the back and preferably lie on the left side. Drink plenty of fluids.

 

Fatigue and Insomnia

 

It is common near the beginning and end of your pregnancy. Try to get a good night's sleep and short periods of rest during the day, as needed. If you have difficulty falling or staying asleep, the following tips may help:

 

●      Be on your left side while resting, this position helps to increase the blood flow to your uterus.

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●      Cut down on your evening fluids, get at least six to eight glasses of fluid during the day.

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●      Avoid caffeine during the evening.

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●      Exercise regularly.

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●      Take a warm bath at bedtime.

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●      Have a small stool under your desk for you to put your feet on.

 

Breathing Difficulties

 

By the 31 to 34 weeks the enlarging uterus becomes so big that it presses the diaphragm up towards the lungs. The lungs now have less room to expand making the mother short of breath. By the 36 to 38 weeks when fetus’ head moves down further it would become easier to breathe. Try these out to relieve your breathing problems:

 

●      Go a little slow, so that your heart and lungs need not work so hard.

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●      Sit up straight.

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●      Sleep propped up.

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Do breathing exercises that can help you breathe more deeply.