Heartburn is one of the more common early signs of pregnancy following morning sickness, nausea, and constipation. Most people affected recognize the exact feeling – a burning sensation that lines the throat, chest, and stomach. It’s not uncommon to taste a bitter or sour flavor toward the back of your mouth, either.
You’re not alone if you’ve experienced heartburn. According to Insider, approximately 85% of people have trouble with gastroesophageal reflux during the first, second, or third trimester. It tends to progress as you reach each stage.
Sometimes watching what you eat is not enough. Acid reflux is the basis of heartburn. When acidic foods don’t digest properly, it causes that searing discomfort. All these new bodily changes won’t go away or resolve until after you’ve given birth. That’s why all pregnant women should consider holistic remedies to help manage their symptoms.
Acupuncture therapy is one of many resolutions offered at our chiropractic office. It has been used for centuries to resolve chronic pains and improve digestive symptoms with minimal risk. A study in 2009 found that routine acupuncture helped significantly. While getting treated, patients were also taking antacids and engaging in dietary counseling. According to Insider, it allowed for the holistic remedy to be more effective.
We can assure you that our trained acupuncturists use guided practices to make each session pain-free and effective. However, we might ask that you also do the following in conjunction with each:
- Eat frequently! Try smaller portions to limit the severity of acid reflux.
- Be mindful of the time of day you have a meal. Eating right before bed does more harm than good.
- Try neutralizing the acid before it happens. You can chew gum, drink milk, or take antacids!
- Avoid smoking. This is a standard rule for pregnancy – but it can also increase the chances of heartburn.
Implementing these lifestyle changes will surely get you through each month of your pregnancy.