February 13, 2013 in Health
Every pregnant girl will suffer from some form of un-pleasant pregnancy side effect. It’s usually down to our hormones but with a few changes to our diet we can help keep symptoms at bay.
Constipation in pregnancy is caused by a rise of the hormone progesterone. It is also made worse by the iron in your pregnancy vitamin tablets. Don’t stop taking your pregnancy vitamin tablets though. The best way to help get things moving is to eat a probiotic yogurt every day. Team this with some tinned prunes and you should be back to normal within a few days. Increasing the amount of fiber which you are eating will also get things moving. Both brown rice and oats are packed with fiber. The most important thing to remember though is that if you up your fiber intake you must also increase the amount of water which you are drinking. This is because fiber rich foods act like a sponge and absorb the water in your body. If you fail to drink more water then you could end up more blocked up. Make sure you also take some gentle exercise too. As a last resort you can buy from a pharmacist ‘Fiber gel’. A constipation relief powder which you add to a glass of water and drink. This is safe to use in pregnancy.
Heartburn is another pregnancy problem. Your pregnancy hormones lead to relaxation of the valve between the bottom of the gullet (oesophagus) and the stomach. This means that stomach acid can splash up into the oesophagus, causing pain and an acid taste in the mouth. Avoiding large meals will help. Instead eat several small meals throughout the day making sure that your last meal of the day is eaten by 7pm. This will help your body to digest the food properly. Avoid eating rich and spicy foods. Fatty foods and citrus foods can also make it worse. A mug of Chamomile tea before bedtime will help to smooth your insides. If symptoms get really bad then you can buy pregnancy safe over the counter remedies.
Restless leg syndrome
Restless legs are a common pregnancy niggle and most ladies experience this at night time. Increase the amount of potassium in your body by eating foods such as bananas, avocados and apricots. Eliminate any caffeine in tea, coffee, fizzy drinks or chocolate. Try to get some gentle exercise before bedtime. Some light stretches or a gentle walk will help to relieve the pain.
Carrying the extra weight and suffering from sleepless nights can make us more tired. To help to give yourself an energy boost then you need to keep your blood sugar levels steady. Eat plenty of protein rich and fibre rich foods. A breakfast of porridge or poached eggs on wholemeal toast would be ideal. Instead of snacking on sugary drinks and convenience foods carry some fruit, mixed nuts or some oat cakes in your handbag. Cut down on caffeine. This may give us an immediate buzz but then a few hours later we’ll be left craving more.