Pregnancy

Acid lifts, what to do?


"Pregnant 8 months, I have acid reflux very often.Is this normal? It is very unpleasant, is there an effective treatment? Anna Roy, midwife, answers Fatima's question.

The answer of Anna Roy, liberal and hospitable midwife in Paris

  • Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD) or acid reflux is one of the common pains of pregnancy.
  • The body of the pregnant woman undergoes major upheavals due to hormonal and mechanical changes, which can cause transient discomfort, commonly called small pains of pregnancy. The acid lifts or GERD are part of it.
  • Over the months, the volume of the uterine cavity increases and compresses the stomach, which has difficulty to remain closed since the hormonal impregnation of the pregnancy makes relax the muscle responsible for controlling its closure. This has the effect of raising the acid content in the esophagus. In other words, few pregnant women escape the GERD! If these acid lifts are not serious, they are often very annoying, can cause burns and prevent sleep.
  • To limit acid reflux and minimize side effects, first try to split the meals of the day into 4 times (breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner). We must avoid foods that promote gastric acidity such as tomatoes, vinegar ... We must focus on solid foods such as rice and avoid those who go too easily like soup. Another tip, never go to bed less than an hour and a half after eating.
  • Do not hesitate to talk to the midwife or your gynecologist who can prescribe antacid treatment compatible with pregnancy.

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