Heartburn Is No Joke
Have you ever been kept awake at night by heartburn? Luckily, the only times I’ve suffered from this uncomfortable nuisance was during pregnancy… It was not great.
That being said, there are millions of people – pregnant and not – who deal with heartburn regularly. There are a lot of factors that relate to why and how this happens, but I’m going to share with you some things you can avoid, as well as why chiropractic might be beneficial for you if you’re dealing with this silent, painful feeling.
What Is Heartburn?
Heartburn is part of the spectrum of indigestion ailments. It’s a burning sensation in your chest or throat – and for good reason: It is literally a burning feeling caused by acid regurgitating into your esophagus.
Pregnancy And Heartburn
During pregnancy, especially the later months, everything is just plain different in your abdomen. We are talking a true rearrangement and oblivion of the normal set up-in there. The uterus expands outwards as the baby grows, of course, but it also steals room from inside the abdominal cavity, pressing organs upwards towards the diaphragm and stomach.
This means that, even though mama might be hungrier in her third trimester, it’s a lot harder to make room for the food! Everything is a little more squished than we are used to. As such, mamas more easily get reflux, heart burn, or indigestion. Sometimes from eating – sometimes just because there isn’t as much space, and acid more easily moves upwards from the stomach into the esophagus.
Foods To Avoid
Smaller meals are helpful in preventing heartburn from surfacing. The following list is a list of classic heartburn triggers. Keep these foods in mind if you are prone to this issue, and consider avoiding or limiting them:
- Spicy Foods
- Carbonated Beverages
- Caffeinated Drinks
- Fatty or Fried Foods
- Citrus Foods
- Tomato Products
The Chiropractic Viewpoint
Chiropractic helps everything in the body function more effectively. When it comes to the nerves, the areas of the mid and upper back carry the nerves that tend to that control the stomach and acid-producing cells in that region. This means a healthy nerve system and freedom from stress on those nerves can help your body produce the RIGHT amount of acid, and digest your food CORRECTLY.
In pregnancy, chiropractic is even more useful. Not only does keeping the nerves functioning well improve digestion, adjustments improve the positioning of organs in the body. How in the world can that be?
Chiropractic adjustments align the pelvis, and allow for optimal uterine positioning. This helps the uterus sit a little more “lower and out”, taking some pressure from the diaphragm and upper abdomen. There were nights during both of my pregnancies that I couldn’t sleep until Dr. Brian adjusted me. Even just a little more optimal positioning and increase in room made all the difference!
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