"It means the baby will have lots of hair!"
That's all well and good, but some relief would be better, right!?
Heartburn during pregnancy can be horrible.
The hormone progesterone causes the value between the stomach and the esophagus to relax and allows stomach acid to pass back up, YUCK!
It can be pretty chronic and extremely uncomfortable,
especially in those last few months.
So, what can you do to relieve
heartburn while pregnant?
#1- Talk to your care provider
They will have the best insight and they are the ones you should be taking advice from on what medicines are the best and safest.
#2- Eat smaller meals
Eating smaller meals more often can help reduce some of the pressure and in turn reduce the acid being pushed back up.
#3- Wait to lie down
I know being hungry all the time doesn't help, but if you can, try to wait at least an hour before lying down to rest or sleep.
#4- Sleep / Rest on an incline
An extra pillow or a few to help keep your head further up while your sleeping can help gravity work to keep that acid down.
#5- Avoid foods
Typically spicy, greasy, and very fatty foods trigger the heartburn. Try eating them in smaller amounts (we know they are good) and spacing it out through your day and week.
While this doesn't work for everyone and certainly not when it becomes a bit more severe, but a cup of milk can help equal out that acid and work the acid back down.
(a tablespoon of honey mixed into it while warm helps even more)
Whether it started in your first trimester or third,
heartburn is no fun...
Hopefully with these tips you can keep it down to a minimum
and your baby will have a lot of hair either way!
Whatever you call yourself, be respectful.
We know you've waited a long time to see your brand new
But the thing is, having a baby is hard work!
Not just the birthing process, but actually keeping a baby alive.
New parents have a lot on their plates and while the word "guest" kind of implies they should be catering to you, this isn't that time.
Want to be an amazing guest after someone has a baby?
Don't expect to sit and hold the baby.
(Although this may happen, don't expect it)
Wash some dishes.
Wipe down the counters.
Bring a meal or three.
Clean the toilet.
Do a load of laundry.
Talk about things other than the baby.
Don't push coming over, be patient.
Offer to watch older kids for a bit.
Gift a movie.
Change the bed sheets.
Don't over stay.
Gift postpartum doula support.
While there are so many variables involved in being a guest after someone has a baby, the biggest thing to remember is to be respectful, think about how the new parents might need or want support.
You are loved and welcomed
and your support is greatly appreciated!
There's one thing for certain...
Being tired and sore sucks!
Fatigue during pregnancy is a very typical complaint.
Whether it is the first trimester or the third, we hear it all the time:
Do you have any ideas on how to
not be so tired all the time?
Here's a few of our favorite tips:
This one seems a bit obvious, but make sure you're getting plenty of rest.
You need more than you used to, you're growing a human (or two, or three) for goodness sakes; don't skimp on the sleep and the naps! Having trouble sleeping? More pillows and one of those eye covers work wonders!
Drink plenty of water.
Being dehydrated can be a huge cause of fatigue (as well as a slew of other things). Check with your care provider to see how much they'd ideally like you to be drinking and see where you're at.
Change your plans.
I know, I know... baby is already changing things, but the truth is filling your schedule and being as busy as you used to be may just not work anymore! Try making sure you can be home and in bed at about the same time and remember it is okay to say "NO" to doing things.
This is another one of those obvious ones, but no one really craves carrots during pregnancy... Do your best. The vitamins and minerals your body needs are best from fresh fruits and veggies! (We wont judge your midnight ice cream though)
Yes, we just told you to take it easy, but moderate exercise (as long as you're cleared by your care provider) can boost your energy like crazy! You may also be thinking "how can I possibly work out when I'm already this tired!?" but thankfully even just a walk can help boost your energy.
Have your care provider check your iron, Vit B, and Vit D.
All these things can play a huge role in feeling down, so if you're really struggling ask if they thing you might have some levels off and see about getting tested and what you can do to help.
Fatigue caused by pregnancy can be a huge bummer,
but hopefully with some of these tips
and the support of your
care provider, family, and doula you can get through to the other side without falling asleep too many weird places!
Jessica Anne Dill
Mom of 5, Wife, Doula trainer, Professional Birth and Postpartum Doula, Placenta Specialist, and best friend of coffee and long naps!