Because things are becoming cramped inside, your internal organs are getting pretty squished making room for your precocious cargo. The increase in the size of the baby, your uterus, and placenta can cause displacement of your intestines, stomach, and bladder, which can lead to heartburn, indigestion, urinary tract infections, and constipation. There are several tricks of the trade you can try to help prevent these issues from arising and some remedies in case the mitigating doesn't work.
- Eat smaller meals more often to avoid overfilling your squashed stomach
- Sit upright when you eat and for at least an hour afterward to prevent compressing the area further. If you do lay down, you are likely to notice the rising of food or acid in your throat
- Eat more fiber to help keep your digestive tract running smoothly to avoid constipation
- Drink more water. Staying hydrated helps everything run like clockwork and helps to prevent constipation that can then lead to hemorrhoids. Not to mention it is essential for keeping the amniotic fluid at optimum levels, and it can help prevent a UTI from developing.
- Exercise regularly. You may not feel like it, but your digestive tract and body will thank you if you remain active. Think leisurely strolls around the block and slow stretching, over treadmills and activities where falling is a possibility.
Always check with your doctor before trying new solutions, and remember there are ways of relieving ailments that are safe for both you and baby, so speak up if you are experiencing problems. Some of our favorite relief items include:
- American Pregnancy Association - Week 21
- Mayo Clinic - Minimize Heartburn