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!
I am currently (September 2012) in my first trimester of my fifth pregnancy.
Believe me, my dears, when I say that 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!
Must-Have Products & Habits to Support Pregnancy Digestion
Any quality probiotic will make a huge difference in your ability to digest what you eat.
My favorite product is Gut Guardian, by Beeyoutiful.
This one ticks all the boxes for me: 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.
Again, these make a world of difference if you suffer with poor digestion.
I highly recommend DIGESTENZYME, also by Beeyoutiful.
During pregnancy, I take a single capsule prior to every meal. When I miss a meal, I can tell!
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.
These days, I buy my own cultured drinks but you can also make them.
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 caffeine.
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.
The book Nourishing Traditions was my go to resource during pregnancy.
It’s full of healing recipes, but also contains chapters of life-giving information for how to choose and prepare whole foods for health.
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 thanked me for it.
Food allergies are not the culprit behind every case of indigestion, but they certainly contribute a lot of misery if you have them.
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.
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What would you add to this list?
Here’s to living well-
P.S. Thanks a million for sharing this post!