Firgoos.com – Most pregnant women often experience symptoms of gastric acid, especially heartburn. Heartburn is a burning sensation in the chest due to the rise of stomach acid. Symptoms often get worse with increasing gestational age. The cause is hormonal changes during pregnancy which makes the digestive work slows down.
An enlarged fetus and enlarged uterus can also cause food and stomach acid to go up into the esophagus or esophagus. The esophagus is the channel between the mouth and the stomach.
In the normal digestive conditions, the food down into the stomach through the esophagus channels and passes down the esophagus valve (Lower Esophageal Sphincter – LES). The LES valve opens to insert food into the stomach and closes to prevent stomach acid from rising. While in the case of stomach acid disease during pregnancy, LES response is not as tight as in normal conditions, so that stomach acid more easily rise.
Treatment of gastric acid in pregnant women is actually the same as the general patient who focus on lifestyle changes. Some of them are:
Do not smoke.
Change dietary habits before pregnancy. It is now advisable to eat in small portions, but often. Do not lie down after eating, wait 2-3 hours.
Do not eat a snack in the middle of the night.
Avoid eating foods that are at risk of exacerbating gastric acid, such as spicy, sour, chocolate, mint and coffee.
If the symptoms of stomach acid recurrence during the night, you can lie with your head raised 15-20 cm higher. Use a pillow to elevate the upper body while sleeping. Lie on your left side.
Consumption of yogurt or a glass of milk when you feel the appearance of symptoms.
Meanwhile, several types of medications may be prescribed to pregnant women in order to deal with indigestion and heartburn, among others:
Alginate. Some types of antacids are made with a combination of alginate-type drugs that can help relieve digestive disorders caused by stomach acid. In most cases, a combination of antacids and alginates can effectively deal with symptoms of indigestion during pregnancy.
Antacids, the fast-acting medicines help to alleviate digestive disorders by neutralizing stomach acid. If you are prescribed an antacid and iron supplementation, should not be taken at the same time because it can interfere with the body’s ability to absorb iron.
Omeprazole, usually prescribed to be taken once a day and should have improved in five days. If not, maybe the dose needs to be raised. In some cases, omeprazole may cause side effects, such as headaches, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting.
Ranitidine. Ranitidine drugs are commonly prescribed to be taken twice a day.
The above drugs do not mean you have to drink everything. Consult your doctor about medication requirements and doses for your condition, and follow the instructions for taking the drug. You will require serious medical attention if you experience heartburn make you often wake up at night, often recurrent, or accompanied by other symptoms. The symptoms in question are coughing, weight loss, difficulty swallowing, or black stools