Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) During Pregnancy
GERD is the movement of gastric (stomach) acids into the lower esophagus. Often referred to as 'heartburn' or 'acid indigestion', it is a discomfort for many pregnant women. Most likely, the cause is from hormonal changes that weaken the sphincter muscle which normally prevents the upward movement of stomach acids into the esophagus.
Note: pain in the epigastric area that is not burning in nature, does not spread upwards to the throat, and cannot be relieved by antacids may actually be a sign of preeclampsia, and you should contact your doctor immediately.
How can natural medicine treat GERD during pregnancy?
While some of the drugs normally prescribed for non-pregnant women cannot be taken during pregnancy, there is still quite a lot you can do for GERD, in addition to the antacids your doctor may suggest. For example, raising the head of your bed by several inches or elevating your upper body with a wedge-shaped pad can help alleviate symptoms. Diet modification is necessary, as certain foods such as chocolate can worsen your heartburn. Acupuncture and TCM, such as using the herb ginger can help, and yoga and massage therapy can also decrease symptoms dramatically.
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