ACID REFLUX & BAXTON HIX
I talked about my cure for acid reflux last month but I found that avocado gives it to me like nothing else. So annoying as I was living off it! It makes total sense to me though as avocado is high in fat and so you need more acid to break it down in your stomach, so when your stomach is so high up in your body the acid gets pushed up and gives you heart burn. So for now its goodbye to avo on toast and hello to smashed roasted sweet potato on toast.
I found that having some cucumber with a sprinkling of salt over the top, a hot water and lemon and a shot of apple cider vinegar got rid of the acid reflux almost immediately. I know it seems the opposite to consume acid forming foods but the reason you get acid reflux is there isn’t enough acid in your stomach so the body is over compensating to create more. So if you take some internally it helps, hence why eating high fat foods like avocado, nuts and dairy products cause more acid reflux. Drinking milk only subsides the symptoms for a few moments but makes it worse long term.
I have started to get some hardening of my stomach which I was getting a little worried about. I texted my friend who is a senior Midwife Marie Louise and she told me that what I am feeling is Braxton hix contractions or surges which is just my body practicing for the birth. They go pretty quickly and don’t hurt, however was told if they become very regular and sore to call my midwife or go to the hospital.
GROWING BOOBS = SORE BACK
Well I have to say I am loving my big boobs…. I have always had little knockers so the joy of this and a big cleavage is quite fun! However my upper back seems to be taking the toll so I went to a physio to find out what was the best stretches to do.
I was told that twisting the upper back was the best solution.
FIRST HYPNOBIRTHING & DOULA SESSION
We have had our first hypnobirthing session and I found it really amazing how the understanding of increasing the oxytocin in the body helps to relieve the surges, however using words like pain, contractions and any other negative words increases the fight or flight in the body. Which brings me nicely to how people talk to you when you are pregnant. People seem to feel then can tell you that you are ‘huge’ ‘waddling’ ‘having twins’ ‘enormous’ ‘massive’ – a few of the words thrown at me!
They also like to give you all sorts of advice and tell you negative stories all the time. Our teacher has told us to tell people that we don’t want to hear anything negative, we are aware of the issues that surround birth but we would like to hear positive stories. And once you stop people in their flow of negativity they have to change direction. It’s very empowering.