Many women who suffer from morning sickness during pregnancy, with or without vomiting, may also suffer from additional symptoms, such as heartburn, digestive disorders, constipation and more. Some of these symptoms may contribute to the phenomenon of morning sickness.
The most common phenomenon known to enhance nausea and vomiting is acid indigestion (heartburn), which is sometimes accompanied by Gastroesophageal reflux disease (reflux), where the content of the stomach returns to the esophagus. The content of the stomach is acidic and therefore can cause sensations of heartburn, burps and nausea. Treatment of heartburn and reflux will improve how you feel and will alleviate the symptoms of morning sickness.
How can one prevent or alleviate heartburn and reflux? The following suggestions may help:
- When you lie down to rest or sleep, try to elevate your upper body and your head with pillows, or elevate the edge of the mattress in order to create a slope.
- Try to eat small portions every 1-2 hours. Add protein food to each meal or snack, in order to reduce acidity in the stomach.
- Avoid drinking while eating. Instead, try drinking 20-30 minutes before or after you eat.
- Decrease your consumption of fatty foods.
- Try not to eat too much or skip a meal.
- As much as possible, go for a short walk after your meals, in order to improve digestion.
- Avoid lying down immediately after eating.
- Products and foods containing probiotics and various digestive enzymes may help.
- Consult your gynecologist regarding your options for treating heartburn.