Although the reasons are not fully understood, pregnant women are at an increased risk for developing nonchronic gastritis. Gastritis manifests itself in a variety of ways. You may experience of symptoms like stomach pain, vomiting, excessive hiccups, heartburn, indigestion and dark stools. Fortunately, managing what you eat can help you control the symptoms of gastritis.
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Causes of Gastritis
A study performed at the Louisiana State University Medical Center in 1999 showed that pregnant women have a higher susceptibility to a Helicobacter pylori infection than other women and should take steps to prevent infection. H. pylori, as well as other bacteria, fungi and parasites are known to provoke gastritis, causing the lining of your stomach to become irritated and inflamed, resulting in pain and discomfort. To help guard against infection from contaminated foods, ensure that you observe cooking, refrigeration and washing guidelines for the foods you eat. Keep your refrigerator below 40 degrees and your freezer below 0 degrees. Cook foods to reach an internal temperature of over 160 degrees, and wash all uncooked foods thoroughly before consuming.
Many foods that you loved before becoming pregnant can cause a flare-up of symptoms while pregnant. Unfortunately, many of these irritating foods are also things you may crave when pregnant: spicy foods, fried foods, foods high in fat and acidic foods like tomato soup are all culprits. Limiting these foods will help to prevent an upset stomach throughout your pregnancy.
Some foods do not typically cause an immediate reaction but may exacerbate pain in the long term. To avoid prolonged problems, cut back on red meats and refined foods like white bread and sugar. Replace beef and pork for lean meats, and opt for whole-grain breads.
Caffeinated foods and beverages are another contributor to gastritis flare-ups. Even a single cup of coffee can increase the levels of stomach acid, resulting in an inflamed stomach lining. To avoid this problem, try herbal teas in place of coffee drinks and flavored water in place of caffeinated soda.