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Pregnancy is a beautiful and precious season of a woman’s life.  The miracle of nurturing a new life inside of you is nothing short of amazing!

Admittedly, most of us feel anything but miraculous and awe-struck sometime during those nine months of growth and change.  The pains and discomforts of pregnancy often overpower the tender beauties of this precious season.

Indigestion is a common complaint for expecting mothers.  During pregnancy, so much of the body’s energy is channeled into making a baby that digestion often becomes weak and sluggish.  Discomforts such as heart burn, constipation, and plain old indigestion become commonplace.  Misery!

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I am in my first trimester of my fifth pregnancy.  Believe me, my dears, I have suffered with every imaginable symptom of poor digestion (during, after, and prior to pregnancy)!

This time around, I have discovered a few priceless “keys” for supporting my digestion and getting relief from troublesome symptoms. 

These products and habits are making a HUGE difference in how I feel, how I sleep, and the quality of health I am enjoying during this pregnancy.  If I run out of these products or miss a day, my body tells me about it!

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Must-Have Productss & Habits to Support Pregnancy Digestion

1. Probiotics

Any quality probiotic will make a huge difference in your ability to digest what you eat.  My favorite brand is Garden of Life, but I don’t always use it.  Look for a probiotic with multiple bacterial strands, BILLIONS of micro organizisms, and one that keeps best in the fridge.  I take a probiotic every morning on an empty stomach.

2. Enzymes

Again, these make a world of difference if you suffer with poor digestion.  I have used Enzymedica enzymes for several years and highly recommend them.  During pregnancy, I take a single capsule prior to every meal.  When I miss a meal, I can tell!

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3. Cultured Drinks

Beverages like kefir, kombucha, and beet kvass are loaded with both probiotics and enzymes.  Make these an essential part of your day!

Kefir is great for smoothies.

Kombucha is actually quite tasty when made with green tea and flavored with slices of fresh lemons and strawberries.

Beet kvass is a reknown tonic for digestive ailments.

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4. A Few More Recommendations

Drink A LOT of pure water At least one gallon per day (no kidding!).  Your body can’t function without this life-giving commodity.

Skip the caffein.  If coffee or soda is your vice, now is a good time to kick those habits.  Nothing gives me heart burn during pregnancy quicker than a cup of coffee.  Opt for iced or hot herbal teas.

Eat a whole foods diet.  Processed foods (anything in a box!) is going to bog down your digestion.  Focus on fresh vegetables, fruit, whole, fresh grains, and quality meat and dairy products.

Discover and avoid food allergens.  I suffered terribly with digestion issues until I discovered that I have two food allergies: gluten and whey.  It wasn’t easy learning to live without these products, but my tummy has never felt better.  Food allergies are not the culprit behind every case of indigestion, but they certainly contribute a lot of misery if you have them.

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If you suffer with poor digestion (whether pregnant or not) be encouraged that there there is relief  to be found.  You can improve your health.

Educate yourself on gut health and make every day count toward supporting this very natural and essential bodily function.

For further reading:

The Best “Medicine” for Your Digestive Tract

A Natural Protocol for Cleansing Candida

5 Top Herbs for the Pregnant Mama

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6 thoughts on “Natural Support for Digestion During Pregnancy

  1. Kristy, Where did you get your kefir? Do you use actual kefir grains or a store-bought powder?

    Posted on September 12, 2012 at 2:49 pm
    1. Bambi, I use the powdered kefir starters from Azure Standard. I have purchased the starters from health stores, as well.

      Posted on September 12, 2012 at 4:32 pm
  2. Something else I’ve found that really helps with indigestion anytime of day is a splash of Apple Cider Vinegar in water.

    Posted on September 11, 2012 at 9:01 pm
    1. Thanks for mentioning this, Suanna! I find apple cider vinegar very helpful for heart burn, especiallly.

      Posted on September 12, 2012 at 4:32 pm
  3. Thank you for these wonderful suggestions. I a going to have to get some probiotics for sure. My poor hubby is having a terrible time with heartburn, etc.

    Posted on September 11, 2012 at 12:40 pm
    1. Probiotics make such a big difference for me! Hope they help your husband too.

      Posted on September 11, 2012 at 8:21 pm