I honestly felt like I had very early pregnancy symptoms, so when I took that pregnancy test, and it showed up positive literally in seconds (which happened with Jack as well – no waiting five minutes for me), I wasn’t surprised at all. Despite what some people say, some women can and will experience very early symptoms of pregnancy soon after conception – long before a pregnancy test can even be used! Here is a list of uncommon and common very early symptoms of pregnancy that may happen in early pregnancy. Eat small, frequent meals and chew your food slowly and thoroughly. Give yourself two or three hours to digest before going to bed or lying down.
To do this, don’t eat in the last three hours before bedtime and don’t drink in the last two hours before bedtime. If you raise the head of the bed by 10-15 cm (with sturdy blocks or bricks under the bed’s legs), this will help gravity to keep
It is okay to use antacids that have calcium carbonate (such as Tums). Also, avoid peppermint tea, says Collins. While peppermint can be soothing to your stomach, it actually dilates the esophageal sphincter, the muscle that holds the esophagus shut, making it easier for stomach acid to back up into your throat.
Over-the-counter antacids may prove helpful in relieving your heartburn, but do not take antacids without speaking to your healthcare provider. Some antacids contain high levels of sodium, which can cause fluid buildup in body tissues. Some also contain aluminum, which is not considered safe for pregnancy. Another possible reason is that you may have a digestive problem unrelated to pregnancy, such as a peptic ulcer (NICE 2017) . Alginates, which form a protective coating over the walls of your stomach and gullet (Harding 2017, NHS 2017) .
However, check with your GP, midwife or pharmacist before taking anything that they have not recommended. The stomach acid breaks down the mucosa, which causes irritation and leads to the symptoms of indigestion.
Sleep on your left side. Lying on your right side will position your stomach higher than your esophagus, which may lead to heartburn. However, each woman is different. Being pregnant doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have heartburn.
A valve at the bottom of that pipe seals off the top of the stomach when you’re not eating, but when valve is overly relaxed, partially digested food and stomach acid sometimes make their way back up into the esophagus, irritating its sensitive lining. Assist women to identify food and drinks that may cause reflux and to find culturally appropriate alternatives. Consider costs if prescribing medication to treat reflux. Discuss any remedies the woman may be using to treat reflux.
This way, you’ll still be able to sleep on your side, but gravity might give you a little relief from your symptoms. When heartburn strikes, you may feel a burning sensation in your chest or stomach.
- These changes can often result in acid reflux, the most common cause of indigestion.
- If you smoke, try to stop (NICE 2017) .
- GERD is the 3rd most common gastrointestinal disorder in the U.S.
- The most common symptoms of acid reflux are a burning sensation in your throat or upper chest.
Although it’s rare, gallstones can also cause heartburn during pregnancy. During pregnancy, do not use antacids that have sodium bicarbonate (such as baking soda), because they can cause fluid buildup. Do not use antacids that have magnesium trisilicate, because they may not be safe for your baby.
However, if you are feeling something different from what you’ve normally felt, then you could be pregnant. Personally, I have felt pregnancy symptoms before I could get a positive pregnancy test – most notably, my reflux gets out of control (even with medicine) and my breasts/nipples are incredibly tender. This time around, I knew I was pregnant long before I took a pregnancy test. Don’t ask me why – I just did!
“But a woman’s level of suffering is really important to take into consideration. Maternal suffering is not good for baby either.” The research shows that if you’re taking a PPI for your acid reflux once a day so you can sleep, the potential for harm is very low. If your symptoms do not improve after the above recommended diet and lifestyle changes are in place, talk with your healthcare provider about over-the-counter medicines.
Dyspepsia occurs at some point in around half of all pregnant women. Dyspepsia in pregnancy is usually due to reflux of acid from the stomach into the oesophagus.
They may begin at any time during pregnancy but are usually more frequent or severe in the last third of pregnancy. As soon as the baby is born, dyspepsia due to pregnancy quickly goes. You are more likely to develop dyspepsia in pregnancy if you have previously had gastro-oesophageal reflux before you were pregnant. There is a circular band of muscle (a sphincter) at the junction between the oesophagus and stomach.
It’s pretty much a curse (I can’t even stand to go near the fridge or the sink when there are dirty dishes in them.) This starts very early with me, and if you are noticing smells a lot more, it could be because of pregnancy. Pregnant women tend to pee a lot, and the early hormonal changes that come with pregnancy can make that start happening earlier than they realize. Avoid food and beverages that trigger your heartburn.