A few days ago a stranger finally noticed I was pregnant! It was a little girl standing in line in front of me to get a gelato. She whispered to her friend: “There’s a pregnant lady!” I had to wait 30 entire weeks for somebody to notice but it finally happened!
Everything is going great for me, the only problem is a bit of heartburn, which until recently I had no idea what it was. Well, now I do now.
Heartburn (also called acid indigestion or acid reflux) is a burning sensation that often extends from the bottom of the breastbone to the lower throat. It’s caused by some of the hormonal and physical changes in your body.
How can you prevent heartburn? You can’t! But according to my source you can do a few things to make it less bad:
- Avoid food and beverages that cause you gastrointestinal distress. The usual suspects are carbonated drinks; alcohol (which you should avoid anyway during pregnancy);caffeine; chocolate; acidic foods like citrus fruits and juices, tomatoes, mustard, and vinegar; processed meats; mint products; and spicy, highly seasoned, fried, or fatty foods.
- Don’t eat big meals. Instead, eat several small meals throughout the day. Take your time eating and chew thoroughly.
- Avoid drinking large quantities of fluids during meals — you don’t want to distend your stomach. (It’s important to drink eight to ten glasses of water daily during pregnancy, but sip it between meals.)
- Try chewing gum after eating. Chewing gum stimulates your salivary glands, and saliva can help neutralize acid.
- Don’t eat close to bedtime. Give yourself two to three hours to digest before you lie down.
- Sleep propped up with several pillows or a wedge. Elevating your upper body will help keep your stomach acids where they belong and will aid your digestion.
- Gain a sensible amount of weight, and stay within the guidelines your healthcare provider suggests.
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing. Avoid any tightness around your waist and tummy.
- Bend at the knees instead of at the waist.
- Don’t smoke — in addition to contributing to a host of serious health problems, smoking boosts stomach acidity. (Ideally, smoking is a habit you should break before getting pregnant. If you’re still smoking and are having trouble quitting, ask your caregiver for a referral to a smoking-cessation program.)
- An over-the-counter antacid that contains magnesium or calcium may ease discomfort, but check with your prenatal caregiver before taking one, because some brands contain aluminum or aspirin or are high in sodium.
What else is happening this week?
- Baby’s crown to rump length is 28 cm or 11 inches. Baby weighs about 1.5 kg-1.6 kg or 3.3-3.5 pounds.
- Baby’s kicking may be stronger and more vigorous.
- Baby’s heart rate is about 120-160 beats per minute.
- Baby sleeps most of the time now and has periods of REM (rapid eye movement) sleep.
- Baby’s legs may be crossed or even curled up on top of the head at times but there is still space for them to be stretched out fully.
- Some 25% of babies are lying bottom first at this stage. Most of them turn before the end of pregnancy.
- Mom may notice leaking colostrum.
- Mom may be experiencing leaking urine or stress incontinence.
- Mom should report lack of fetal movement to health provider immediately.
- Mom should consider her childbirth options.
RASPBERRY LEAF TEA:
According to my favorite pregnancy book Pregnancy Day By Day European studies have found that drinking raspberry leaf tea in the months prior to delivery (not before week 30) helps shorten the second stage of labor by helping the uterine muscles to contract more efficiently, so that contraction or more effective.
The tea is also said to reduce the risk of having an assisted delivery, such as an emergency cesarian or vacuum. In addition to this, raspberry leaf tea is believed to help the uterus to contract back to its normal size after birth, and encourage the flow of breast milk.
As always you should talk to your doctor, before drinking any herbal teas or taking any kind of herbal remedies.
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