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5 Tips to combat digestive problems during pregnancy


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As magical as pregnancy sounds, it comes with some less magical discomforts – one of them being a disrupted digestive system. Due to your fluctuating hormone levels and the fact that the human growing inside you is taking up space that you need to digest your food, you may get frequent heartburn, indigestion, and constipation, just to name a few. These could cause you serious discomfort while you’re standing, sitting and even when you’re lying in bed; needless to say that it can get really frustrating! Here are 5 tips to help you combat them:

1. Fluids, lots and lots of fluids

You’re busy with your day-to-day and drinking water may not be the first on your mind but it’s crucial in helping your food move along your digestive track. While it aids the travel of food into your body, it also assists in the exit! Water flushes out your system and dilutes your urine; helping prevent Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) which are common in pregnancy. If you were worried about bloating up from water retention - the irony here is that the more water you intake, the less water your body will retain so don’t be afraid to drink up!

2. Keep your body moving

You probably hear this too much, “make time to exercise!”. It’s true that you should, because keeping yourself moving also helps keep your food moving through your body and speeds up metabolism, sparing you from constipation. The problem is, there are only 24 hours in a day and what with your busy work schedule, the need for optimum sleep and the ever-growing to-do list to prepare for your little one’s arrival, how do you make time to hit the gym?! Well, when there’s a will, there’s a way!

There are tons of YouTube workouts offering guided prenatal exercise routines that you can do in the comfort of your home. Short workouts throughout the day wouldn’t take that much time either. You could do some bicep curls while waiting in line for your next doctor’s appointment, opt for the stairs instead of the elevator or take the longer route to your destination just to fit in a little more walking. At the end of the day, just be sure to reward yourself with your favourite (pregnant-friendly) treat!

3. Have small frequent meals

Having small intakes of food every few hours can reduce nausea and making sure your stomach isn’t empty can also curb morning sickness. As your baby takes up more and more space, having a full stomach can be really uncomfortable so you’ll want to avoid going for buffets where you’ll feel obliged to eat your money’s worth! If planning for small meals feels like too much of a chore, you can try dividing your regular meal up into smaller parts and having them at different times of the day.

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4. Watch what you eat

There are bound to be foods that you desperately crave for; from the sudden urge for pig’s trotters (which you may not have been fond of before pregnancy) to the random need for a tiramisu cake, but don’t be too quick to request them from your Personal Assistant a.k.a. The Husband!

Carefully consider your cravings before devouring them. To prevent digestive discomfort, reduce intake of acidic foods like citrus fruits, vinegar, mustard and tomatoes/tomato sauces. It might come as a surprise but try to also go easy on beans, lentils, raw cabbage, onions and broccoli as these are gas-producing foods - cook them instead of eating them raw as much as you can.

5. Consume more probiotics

Probiotics are also known as “friendly” or “good” bacteria in the gut as they fight off the harmful bacteria that cause digestive problems. While you can consume more probiotic-rich foods such as yogurt, milk, and certain juices and soya drinks, you can also buy probiotics as a supplement.

LBB™2 is a health supplement made for children and adults alike that not only improves natural body defences against digestive issues and general ailments, but also your immune health. It fends off multiple illnesses including flu, allergies, and eczema, increases resistance to respiratory infections and even reduces the risk of Atopic Dermatitis in infants – all packed within a convenient sachet for you and your family’s consumption.

LBB™2 can be consumed directly or added to room temperature food or fluids. Recommended daily dosage is 2-3 sachets for adults, 1-2 sachets for children and a half to one sachet for infants.

You may purchase LBB2 from pharmacies, polyclinics, hospitals and clinics or order online directly HERE. If you have more questions, get your answers by calling +65 6743 2017.

Cheers to no more digestive discomforts, mommies!