Digestive Problems During Pregnancy

Digestive Problems During Pregnancy


Hi I’m Anne Hession. I’m an energy
healing partitioner and a medical intuitive. And I’m going to talk with you
today about something uncomfortable embarrassing and sometimes pretty gross.
And that topic is digestive problems during pregnancy. Often the biggest
digestive problem during pregnancy is of course pregnancy nausea. Often called
morning sickness and it’s evil cousin Hyperemesis Gravidarum which is
Greek and Latin for really, really, really bad pregnancy nausea and vomiting.
Because doctors, God bless them, they really like to give things fancy names.
But I have 3 other videos just on that topic, called “what causes morning
sickness, how to stop morning sickness, and natural morning sickness relief.” So,
if that’s the specific issue you’re looking for help with and I’m so sorry
if you are, I feel your pain. But if that’s the issue, I recommend you go
first to one or all of those videos. In this video, I’m going to talk more about
heartburn acid reflux and digestion gas and bloating and everyone’s favorite,
constipation. So, some women have dealt with one or more of these before
pregnancy as well. But many women didn’t. And it can come with kind of a rude
awakening when it happens. Like, “I heard about the throwing up but no one told me
my little bundle of joy was going to cause my bowels to seize up like a cement
truck for days on end.” So, why can pregnancy cause these digestive issues?
My video “what causes heartburn during pregnancy” goes into the heartburn side
of it more thoroughly. And you may want to watch that as well. But part of what’s
happening in your body, hormonally, is a factor in all of these digestive issues.
During pregnancy, the ovaries, the uterus and the placenta, all produce the hormone
progesterone. One of the effects and in fact one of the primary purposes of the
increased progesterone is that it causes your smooth muscle tissue to relax and
stretch more easily. Smooth muscle tissue is the muscle tissue of your organs. As
compared to striated muscle tissue which is the kind of muscle tissue of your
skeletal muscles. Like them, you know, the muscles that you move around like your
biceps and your quads. You know how a piece of steak or a chicken breast it
has fibers. Like lines going through it. But a piece of liver, it’s all smooth but
no fibers. That’s the difference between striated skeletal muscle tissue and the
smooth organ muscle tissue. The more you know. So, progesterone causes the smooth
muscles of your uterus to relax. Which is very necessary for your baby to
grow. But it also causes the same result in your other organs. So, it’s affecting
your stomach itself, it’s affecting the sphincter or valve at the top of your
stomach and it’s supposed to keep the acid from going up into your esophagus.
It’s affecting the sphincter at the other end of your stomach that controls
the flow of partially digested food into your small intestine. As well as the
muscle walls of your small intestine and your large intestine which is also
called your colon. So, all of these muscles are getting kind of laid back.
You know, they’re not so uptight and they’re not so effective at moving
things along in the right direction as they usually are. So, your digestion can
get kind of sluggish. The acid can get up into your esophagus more easily and at
the far end, it can become harder and harder to get things out. When
you combine that with dehydration which many pregnant want to deal with
especially in early pregnancy because of Nausea and vomiting, you can end up with
stool that is really hard. Because your body doesn’t have enough
water to make it soft the way it should be.
So, that along with the loss of the smooth muscle tone can make for very
uncomfortable and even painful constipation. And then, if your doctor or
Midwife tells you that you are anemic and you need to take an iron supplement,
Lord, help you. You really could be in for a tough time. Because iron supplements
are notorious for causing constipation. If you are in that boat, anemia and
pregnancy is nothing to ignore. I had severe anemia with my second child. And
you do have to get those iron levels up. But try your best to do it with diet and
foods if you can. And the supplement I recommend most highly from my own
experience is called Floradix. It’s listed down below in the notes. It’s a
natural herbal liquid. Very high in iron. It tends to be much easy
for body to absorb the most iron supplements. But do, of course check with
your doctor or Midwife before trying any herbal supplements during pregnancy, okay?
Other things that can help are the same things that help with constipation at
any time. Drinking more water, of course. Adding more fiber to your diet and all
those jokes about prunes that people make are no joke.
Because those prunes are amazing at getting things done getting things going
down there. They’re not just for Grandma, try them for yourself if you don’t
believe me. Another issue caused by the looser
muscle tone and the resulting slower movement in your intestines is gas and
bloating. It makes sense when you think about this, right? Partially digested food
is moving more slowly through your digestive tract. It’s breaking down and
one of the products of breakdown is gas. Including methane which actually doesn’t
smell bad and hydrogen sulfide which really, really does. So, what can you do
about any of it? Your body is going to keep producing progesterone during your
pregnancy. But that doesn’t mean you can’t help manage the effects of that.
There are some simple, common recommendations that have certainly
helped many women, so let’s start with those. Eating 5 to 6 smaller meals
throughout the day if you can instead of 3 larger meals. That can certainly
help with especially with the acid reflux and heartburn. It’s best if you
can wait an hour or longer before lying down after eating. That again, is going to
help having gravity more on your side with the acid reflux. Spicy greasy and
really high fat food are better to be avoided. But foods that are high in
healthy fats, like cotton coconut and salmon for example are usually fine.
Yogurt with live probiotic cultures is good. Some women get helped with a
tablespoon of honey and a glass of milk for heartburn. And most people find it’s
better to avoid carbonated drinks, caffeine, processed meats, mustard and
vinegar. Anything else you find especially assess
your stomach, of course. Which could be very individual. I know some pregnant
women do you better with carbonated water and then uncarbonated. Even though
most people find that that obsess their digestion. So, again you kind of have to
just go with what works for you. Sleeping propped up if you can
is great to have gravity on your side. Loose comfortable clothing, so you don’t
add any more pressure. And of course, get exercise as much as you can. That does
decrease stress, it oxygenates your blood which sent oxygenates all your tissue
and promotes better digestion overall. So, that’s all sound advice. And I recommend
trying any or all of those to see what works for you and see what helps. But
unfortunately, in some cases none of that does make that much of a difference and
you may want to look for additional help. I’ve worked with women who are suffering
from terrible heartburn, terrible nausea, insomnia and constipation. Couldn’t
really even function at all. Where the idea of giving advice like drink more
water and get some exercise and eat six small meals a day. Forget it, I couldn’t
even get those words out of my mouth. It’s for women who’ve been hospitalized
for dehydration and are on bed rest for heaven’s sake. What can you do when it’s
really bad like that? As an energy healer, I do specialize in working with pregnant
women and helping them with pregnancy nausea and discomfort and digestive
problems. I can tell you that it’s possible to work directly on the
underlying causes of all of these and get them resolved or at least
significantly relieved. If you’re unfamiliar with the term energy healing
at all, you might want to first watch my videos about “What is energy healing and
Does energy healing really work” to get a better understanding. And I’ll do a quick
recap of a quick summary of it now, so the term energy healing gets used by
lots of people. It’s really an umbrella term for a lot of different
healing modalities. From a lot of different traditions and they all… What
they have in common is that they all work with the energy systems of the body
to stimulate or unblock or promote the body’s own natural healing processes.
There are a lot of different kinds. You’ve probably heard of Reiki, you may
have heard of E-F-T which is also referred to as tapping. Pranic healing and my
personal primary healing modalities that I use which are called the emotion code
and the body code. Which are developed by a chiropractor and author Dr. Bradley
Nelson. Those other videos that I referenced above will go into more
detail about how energy healing works. But, bottom line, I want you to know here
is that the extreme discomfort and dysfunction and even pain that you may be
experiencing due to these digestive problems during pregnancy, they do have
underlying causes beyond just what we’ve talked about, the dehydration
progesterone effects on your muscle tissue. After all, if it was just the
progesterone, all pregnant women would be having the exam intense level of
problems. And that just isn’t the case. For every pregnant woman that I’ve
helped with her morning sickness, heartburn, constipation, there have been
other underlying imbalances going on that have caused each one of them to
have such a hard time compared to what some other women experienced.
Interestingly, a single most common underlying imbalance behind all health
issues I could help people deal with including all pregnancy discomfort and
dysfunction have been trapped, blocked, emotional baggage like stuck emotional
energies that are trapped in our bodies from the past. So, these trapped emotional
energies are affecting and affecting negatively our organs, our glands our nerves,
all the tissues of our bodies at the cellular level. They can promote anxiety,
pain, dysfunction, stress. And they can also drive negative behaviors and
patterns in our lives. I have a video about it’s called “what is emotional
baggage” that you might want to watch to learn more about that. Now, most
importantly, when these trapped and balances are released, it unblocks our
body’s own ability to heal itself. And restore balance. The nausea, heartburn and
constipation fade away because the underlying causes of them have been
cleared away. And the body has healed. So, I really really hope that that was
helpful. These digestive problems during pregnancy are no fun at all. Please let
me know what was useful for you and if you do need some help, you can schedule a
free consult with me below.

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