Gastritis can affect anyone, including pregnant women. Though it is usually not dangerous, you may worry that it would affect or hurt your baby during pregnancy. What helps with gastritis while pregnant? Fortunately, there are effective ways to help cope with it. With appropriate lifestyle measures or (if necessary) medications, there should be nothing to worry.
Does gastritis affect baby during
is a term that specifically refers to inflammation of the stomach lining. It is
usually linked to some of the following factors /conditions :
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use of alcohol.
infection, the most common one is H. pylori infection.
using anti-inflammatory drugs that can hurt the stomach lining, such as NSAIDs.
events like after major surgery, severe injury, or stress caused by critical
in very rare cases, the inflammation may be caused by the abnormality of body
immune system. For example autoimmune gastritis, when the immune system
mistakenly attacks its own healthy cells in the stomach.
gastritis harmful in pregnancy? In general, the disease is manageable and will
not pose serious health risks. Also, it has nothing to do with your uterus,
where your baby grows during pregnancy. That’s why it usually doesn’t affect
your baby development.
of gastritis improve with a few lifestyle measures. So it’s not always
necessary to see a doctor to cope with. You can treat it yourself if it’s mild or
if it’s not linked to particular health condition such as bacterial infection
and overactive autoimmune reaction.
pregnancy is one of the most crucial phases for women’s life. Although
gastritis is usually mild and doesn’t hurt mother & baby during pregnancy,
it’s important to make sure that the disease doesn’t turn into serious and
causes dangerous complications such as;
ulcer, an open sore in the stomach lining.
in rare cases, some types of chronic gastritis may have a role to increase the
risk of stomach cancer, especially in individuals with extensive thinning of
the stomach lining.
See your doctor without delay if the disease doesn’t improve with lifestyle measures or if it gets worse (you have severe gastritis symptoms)!
What helps with gastritis while
adjustments in your diet and other lifestyle measures can help heal the
inflammation of your stomach lining more quickly. Here are pieces of helpful information
for two is more challenging. The good news, what to eat for gastritis is also
good when you’re pregnant.
to avoid for gastritis vary! But in most cases these include fatty, acidic,
spicy, and processed foods, which some are also bad for your pregnancy. It may
also be helpful to avoid common culprits that provoke upset stomach — such as milk
chocolates and dairy products — for a while until the inflammation heals
avoid alcohol! It might be still OK to only drink very small amounts a week.
But if you have gastritis, it’s much better to eliminate alcohol from your
diet. Alcohol can hurt the lining of your stomach, causing your gastritis take
longer to heal. It’s bad for pregnancy, too — because the liver of your baby
is still very weak to process your dietary alcohol. Excessive use of alcohol
may seriously threaten you and impair your baby’s development during pregnancy.
about caffeine? Some people with gastritis find that caffeine worsens their
gastritis symptoms such as feeling of fullness, nausea, and abdominal pain. It
may also be bad for pregnancy, especially if you consume it excessively. Too
much caffeine may cause increased risk of some pregnancy complications, low
birth weight and miscarriage for examples.
not need to completely eliminate caffeine from your diet when pregnant. Just
make sure to use it in moderation, not more than 200 mg per day – according to recommendation
of most health authorities. But if caffeine does worsen your nausea or make
your gastritis pain worse, avoid it!
balanced and nutritious diet for your healthy pregnancy. This involves the
right balance of essential nutrients (proteins, vitamins, minerals, fibers, and
carbohydrates). Also, eat a wide variety of healthy foods – don’t only rely on
a specific food, because each food has unique properties!
help ease nausea, regularly eat 4-5 smaller meals throughout the day instead of
2-3 large meals. This can also help soothe heartburn, which is common during
lie down right away after you eat. Wait at least 2-3 hours to allow your
digestion complete before lying down. Also, avoid late-night snacks!
enough water a day to keep hydrated and keep things moving well through the
digestive system. This is also helpful to reduce feeling of fullness, another
common discomfort caused by gastritis.
mentioned earlier, frequent use of NSAIDs can factor into gastritis. Continue
using these pain relievers may also make the disease get worse or take longer
to heal. Therefore, (if possible) avoid them !
excessive use of NSAIDs might increase the risk of miscarriage, pulmonary
hypertension in newborns, or other pregnancy complications. Consider
alternative, natural pain relievers for pain or fever during pregnancy. But if
you do need to use them, use at lowest dose possible. Talk with your doctor
known that stress can also affect you physically. In fact, many studies confirm
that it can worsen many health conditions, including gastritis. It may weaken
the body immune system, causing H. pylori infection harder to treat. It may
also make your gastritis pain worse.
being pregnant could be more stressful. For examples; difficulty to find
comfortable position for sleep, frequent urination at night, and other physical
discomforts caused by pregnancy such as nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and backache
— all these discomforts will increase your stress level.
excessive stress during pregnancy is not only bad for the prognosis of your
gastritis, but also may ruin you and your baby. So it can be more than just an
inconvenience and therefore you need to manage it as well! The good news, there
are plenty of ways to cope with it. Here are a few examples:
- Don’t feel ‘stressed out about stress. It’s normal to have elevated levels of stress as your baby grows and your hormones fluctuate during pregnancy! But always remember that your stress is manageable, even though it’s often inevitable! Find out what’s triggering your stress and then take any preventive steps you can to reduce or control it!
- Schedule time to do things that can help you relax such as meditation, relaxation exercise (deep breathing), yoga, massage therapy, or even listening music /reading a book would help a lot for your stress relief.
- Be careful to respond your stress! Avoid negative, counterproductive responses to stress that can worsen the problem, such as; skipping meals or eating more junk foods, withdrawing from people, and using alcohol!
- And always take good care of yourself by eating right, having enough rest, and doing moderate exercise regularly.
smoke, including from secondhand smoke, can provoke the inflammation of your
stomach lining .
Therefore, it can inhibit your healing process. Also, it’s very dangerous for
your pregnancy – even experts say that there is NO allowed, safe ‘level’ of
cigarette smoking during pregnancy.
nicotine and other harmful substances in tobacco smoke that you inhale can
enter into the circulation (bloodstream) and go directly to the fetus. So, if
your overall health (including gastritis) is still not enough to make you stop
smoking, then your pregnancy (especially your baby health) should be!