Digestive health is always important, but for me during pregnancy, I have to make it a top priority. Heartburn, bloating and gas are among the fun digestion-related maladies that I get to deal with while I’ve got a little bun in the oven.
By the third time around baking a kid, I think it’s about time to figure out how to eliminate, or at least drastically reduce, these problems.
After some research and discussion with my midwife, I have come up with several steps I can take to ease my symptoms and improve my digestive health.
These apply to everyone, not just little ol’ pregnant me!
- Take probiotics (these help to keep your intestines healthy and processing food more effectively)
- Eat foods rich in fiber to keep your digestive system moving – use more whole wheat and eat more veggies
- Eat foods rich in digestive enzymes, such as raw papaya, pineapple and celery, (helps prevent heartburn)
- Add lemon juice or apple cider vinegar to drinking water to help balance the acids in your stomach, helping to prevent heartburn before it starts
- Exercise! Your whole body, including your digestive system, benefits when you get off your hind end and get moving!
Costco.com has an excellent probiotic product right now, 4X Pro-B Digestive Care, that is helping me a lot!
It is easy to use, and a 9 week supply costs only $21.99 (with free shipping from their website!)
I’ve especially noticed that the probiotics are helping reduce the gas problem.
When I get air trapped while pregnant it can get super painful.
Like…I’d-rather-be-having-contractions-right-now painful. Not good.
Each pill comes individually wrapped in a little foil package with the day of the week printed on it to help you keep track.
Another great way to get probiotics into your system is through yogurt! Yogurt makes a great snack for me, since it also has a lot of protein. Greek yogurt is my favorite.
Especially when mixed with Nutella. On strawberries.
*but I digress*
I’ve also been trying to find more ways to get healthy, whole grains into our diets for the fiber and vitamins.
The recipe for these delicious Oatmeal Pancakes will be showing up soon here on Mama Chocolate, (not a speck of white flour or sugar in those babies!)
I also like to make whole wheat pita bread occasionally. This is made with 100% whole wheat flour, fresh ground, (you get so much more nutrition and flavor from your grains if you can grind them fresh, I highly recommend it!)
100% whole wheat bread is more difficult to get right, but this pita bread is easy and delicious! It’s great for just eating alongside soup or as a side dish to any meal, and is perfect for stuffing with egg salad or any number of other tasty sandwich creations. (recipe coming soon!)
We are what we eat, and if we’re eating junk, ya better expect to feel crummy. This has never been so true for me as when I am pregnant…I can’t believe how much more conscious I am of what I am putting in my body, when I know it is going straight to my baby, giving that precious little one everything he or she needs to develop and grow.
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