Home remedies for acidity during pregnancy, home remedies for acidity

Home remedies for gas during pregnancy, home remedies for acidity


Home Remedies>> Acidity During Pregnancy

Written and Reviewed By :
Vd. Lakshmi Lakshmanan,
Ayurveda Physician,
Chakrapani Ayurveda Center, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.

What is Acidity?

According to Ayurveda: Acidity is known as ‘Amlapitta’ in Ayurveda. Amla means sour and Pitta is the Dosha, so ‘Amlapitta’ occurs when the sourness of Pitta increases. Excess indulgence in Pitta aggravating diet and activities leads to an increase of Pitta in the body, thereby increasing its sourness quality. Thus, digestive juices become excessively sour causing fermentation and sourness of food forming a vicious cycle causing to produce more sourness to Pitta. This in turn affects digestion. Just like curd is formed from milk due to fermentation, Pitta’s sourness quality keeps increasing because of sour digestion.

What happens during Pregnancy?

The hormonal changes in the body during pregnancy relax the smooth muscles in the body. This results in slowing down of wave-like contractions of the stomach (to push the food & acid downwards) and as the valve that separates the esophagus from the stomach gets relaxed too, there is a reverse flow of gastric acids into the esophagus causing heartburn and other symptoms which cause discomfort. During the third trimester of pregnancy, the growing fetus puts pressure on the stomach, thereby slowing down digestion and forcing the reverse flow of acids into the food pipe leading to acidity.

Who is more likely to experience heartburn?

  • Those who had heartburn or acidity problems before pregnancy.
  • If you are pregnant with more than one baby.

  • Things to Include and Avoid during Pregnancy

    Include Avoid
    Fennel, Cardamom, Cumin, Dry ginger Caffeine, Carbonated drinks, Alcohol
    Coconut oil, Ghee, Milk Cheese
    Raisins, Coconut water, Fennel infusion Citric fruits & their juices, Tomatoes, especially raw ones
    Natural sweet tastes Unripe mango, mango powder, Tamarind, Raw Salads
    Cane sugar Hot spices like Mustard, Chili, Ajwain (Bishop’s weed), Garlic, Fresh ginger, Seafood, Spicy food, Oily, deep-fried food, Processed food, food added with preservatives, Sauce, Salty and Sour food items, Chickpea, Kidney bean, Millets

    Tips for preventing acidity & heartburn

  • Eat small and frequent meals.

  • Avoid long gaps between meals.

  • Avoid heavy to digest food items.

  • Do not overeat.

  • Do not eat before digestion of the previous meal.

  • Avoid bed coffee/tea.

  • Eat slowly and mindfully, masticate the food well.

  • Drink sips of water while eating. Avoid drinking too much fluid at once.

  • Avoid late-night dinners.

  • Do not eat solid food at least 2 hours before bedtime.

  • Drink a glass of milk before going to bed.

  • Walk few steps after every meal.

  • Avoid naps or lying down immediately after a meal.

  • Maintain a good posture, do not slump, especially while eating.

  • Keep head elevated while sleeping as in this posture, stomach acids will stay in the stomach because of gravity, thereby help in better digestion.

  • Wear comfortable clothing. Avoid tight clothing, especially around the waist.

  • Stress can aggravate acidity.

  • Home Remedies for Acidity During Pregnancy

  • Crush a few fennel seeds and squeeze 1 to 2 fresh lemons and steep in hot water. Drink this solution regularly.

  • Coconut water gives relief from heartburn symptoms during pregnancy.

  • Crush some Coriander seeds with Ginger and add some honey to make a paste. Take a little amount of it 3 to 4 times a day.

  • Take 4 to 6 thin pieces of fresh Ginger root and place them in a large mug. Add a touch of honey or lemon and then pour very hot water over the slices. Don't boil, just cover and steep for 10 minutes. Drink a cup before or after a meal.

  • Boil 1 cup of water and place a teabag in it. Let it steep for 10 to 15 minutes. Squeeze the bag, then add a bit of honey and lemon. Drink this tea for relief.

  • Chew fennel seeds after every meal. Alternatively, fennel seed powder with cane sugar can be taken.

  • Take 4 to 5 raisins soaked overnight in water, the next morning.

  • Use ghee or coconut oil for cooking.

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