Lately, I’ve started posting fun facts about pregnancy and postpartum health on my Instagram page. I don’t want you to miss out on any of these facts, so I’ve decided to post these facts and images on my blog in addition to Instagram.
I hope you enjoy this new series of blogs. If you’re on Instagram, come find me @rockyourhormones 🙂
Two common factors that contribute to heartburn during pregnancy:
1. Your growing uterus is placing pressure on your intestines and stomach pushing contents up your esophagus.
2. Your elevated progesterone levels relax the valve that separates your esophagus from your stomach.
Heartburn is usually more common during the third trimester, but it can start as early as the first.
If you’re dealing with heartburn during your pregnancy you can try: eating smaller more frequent meals, eliminating common trigger foods (caffeine, fried foods, spicy food), avoiding lying down directly after meals, having your last meal a few hours before bed, sleeping with your head elevated, drinking ginger tea, diffusing essential oils (lemon or ginger), and asking your healthcare provider about supplementing with digestive enzymes.
We have a tons of handouts on how to naturally treat many common pregnancy complaints in the Whole30 Healthy Mama, Happy Baby program. Make sure to check it out if you’re looking for help during your pregnancy or want to take preventative measures before you get pregnant.
Do you have any other helpful tips?
The medical definition of postpartum is crazy talk.
The definition assumes that by six weeks a woman’s reproductive tract has returned to its non-pregnant physiologic state. Also, if a woman chooses to breastfeed, lactation is usually well-established by that time. This isn’t me talking, this definition is from Williams Obstetrics, a classic medical textbook, and from the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Knowing how many women deal with pelvic floor issues and breastfeeding challenges after six weeks postpartum has me very skeptical of this definition.
To me, you’re still in the postpartum period no matter how old your baby is. The mental, emotionally, physical, and social changes that happen with pregnancy, childbirth, and motherhood stick with you forever. Some of the changes being better than others 😉 I think the treatment of women in the postpartum period and the expectation/assumption that you are “back to normal” after six weeks is a huge disservice to women. We need to change the message. We need to applaud moms who choose to take it easy in the postpartum and soak up their new baby instead of only praising moms who seem to “have it all together.” This by no means implies that if you’re feeling like a rockstar at six weeks there is something wrong with you or you should be ashamed to continue on with your life. It’s simply to point out that we have unrealistic expectations placed on all moms. We’re all so different and we need to embrace that.
So enjoy your postpartum, enjoy your new family, and focus on your health, not the calendar.