28 November 2019

How I Get Rid of Indigestion & Heartburn and Up My B Vitamins Intake!

As some of you may have already know (through my daily complaints in IG heh), this pregnancy is harder compared to the previous one with Alex and it's really a no secret. Of course I try not to "complain" about it but too impossible.

I have people telling me that being pregnant with a girl is harder wan - as compared to being pregnant with a boy. Then again, I have had mothers with 2 boys shared with me their experiences and can I just say that the former is super invalid.

I don't think the gender of the baby is the one who determines how hard the pregnancy is going to be. Every pregnancy is just different period. Maybe the one I had with Alex was relatively easier and "nicer" that is why I feel like this one is such a ughhh.

I love my babies to bits okay even though I complain about the difficulty of it.

Anyways, one of the things that really got to me is the indigestion and heartburn I get especially at night. I have been losing sleep because of it and it is driving me insane.

I rather lose sleep feeding my child every 3-hours than waking up because of heartburn that doesn't go away immediately. It's a pure torture.

I've done a few things like eating smaller portions, eat slower, cut down on spicy food (too difficult!), takes warm water after a meal and sitting upright after a meal and taking Gaviscon! Sometimes can work, sometimes cannot work. I was reluctant to go to the Pharmacy to get a pill for it cos I hate taking pills!

I don't know about you but swallowing pills during this pregnancy is a big no-no. With Alex, it was so easy I can do it with my eyes closed please. Not this round.

Then, the big sister intervened and recommended something that is not all of the above! At first I turned her down because I thought it was going to be a pill-like thing and I just cannot handle taking anymore pills in addition to the neuro-gain pills and folic acid pills and iron pills for Sofia.

Guess what.

It's not in the form of pill!

It's powder-make-into-a-drink! And she recommended to take both of these! 

To be honest, my initial reaction also quite drama because I know I cannot continue taking it if it taste bad or medicine-y. She assured me that it actually tastes good and has a very pleasant smell. So, yes I decided to give it a try because I really do still want to enjoy eating whatever I want in my last 1-month of pregnancy. We can focus on losing the weight after baby comes. Side track a bit - I am planning to do the whole bengkung-post-natal-massage-thing but no idea from who or where yet.

Back to this.

So yes. I have tried it for few weeks now and can I just say that it works!

Sharing is caring right.

I had nasi kandar one of the nights at 930PM and after that I took this ISOTONIX DIGESTIVE ENZYMES PLUS POWDER and went straight to sleep. No need to sit upright for at least one hour before lying down to sleep.

You can go google and read all about it and why it is important to include this one as part of your I-am-pregnant-so-must-take-more-good-things-for-baby-and-me - especially if you really do get heartburn once in a while because of indigestion. Really sucks big time.

In summary: Enzymes helps breakdown food before it gets fermented staying too long in stomach. Poor digestion causes stomach to produce more acid. Fermented food produces gas. The pushes the acid upward. Causing heartburn sensation and possibly gives you the trauma of eating.

There was one time I was so scared that it will happen again that I only took a few spoonful of mushroom soup for dinner and went to bed hungry because I just could not bear the heartburn and that indigestion feeling.

Also, I found out that it is not only for pregnant people - but overall for those of you who suffers from indigestion. I believe you should give this a try and it may be the remedy to all your indigestion days.

Also, do you know that the B Vitamins are really good for you? Especially for pregnant people. Come I share with you why it is good. 

  • Vitamin B1: Thiamine
B1 plays a major role in the development of your baby’s brain
  • Vitamin B2: Riboflavin
B2 promotes good vision, healthy skin, the development and growth of baby’s bones, muscles, and nerves. It also lowers the risk of developing preeclampsia, a pregnancy complication
  • Vitamin B3: Niacin
B3 is essential for your baby’s brain development
Keeps nervous systems, mucous membranes, and skin healthy. It also improves digestion, eases nausea, and can relieve painful migraines for mom

  • Vitamin B5: Pantothenic Acid
B5 helps metabolize fats, proteins, and carbohydrates, giving you the energy you and your baby need during pregnancy. It also helps to prevent pregnancy-related muscle cramps and aids in the release of stress-relieving hormones
  • Vitamin B6: Pyridoxine
B6 helps to prevent low birth weight. It is essential to the development of your baby’s brain and nervous system
Helps maintain blood glucose at healthy levels and may help with morning sickness too.

  • Vitamin B7: Biotin
B7 helps hair loss, brittle nails, and skin rashes of mothers during pregnancy. It is also essential to embryonic growth during your pregnancy.
  • Vitamin B9: Folic Acid
B9 is one of the most important vitamin B during pregnancy. It prevents NTDs (neural tube defects) like anencephaly (a brain defect) or spina bifida (spinal cord defect). NTDs can develop at the earliest stage of pregnancy, so it is important to be consuming folic acid from the time you start trying to conceive. Reduces the risk of birth defects like cleft lip, cleft palate, some heart defects. It also reduces the risk of preeclampsia during pregnancy. It is important for the growth of the placenta, synthesis of DNA and the development of the baby. In general, it also helps in the process of red blood cell production and helps prevent anemia.
  • Vitamin B12: Cobalamin
B12 is essential for baby’s neural tube formation, brain and spine development. Together with Folate (B9), it works to produce DNA synthesis and red blood cells. It will help the development and functioning of your brain, nerves and blood cells. It also helps improve your energy, mood and stress levels by aiding the metabolization of fats, carbohydrates, and proteins. It plays a role in the maintenance of a normal central nervous system and neurological functions by regulating the synthesis of myelin and fatty acids.

Okay, to be real honest with you guys - I didn't know all this until my sister shared them with me. So, now that I know (with few weeks left to my pregnancy), I am disciplined to take this every morning. 

It says behind the bottle to take it with empty stomach so I take this every morning after I get ready for the day. Very easy to drink because it's lemon-y and orange-y taste. So no regrets at all. 


Yes, if you want it, you can reach out to me, and no I am not selling them but I can get it for you through my sister :) Special discounts for you :)  

Also, do you know that this helps people with gout problems too? Or have high risk of getting gout. Kid you not. 

You guys are welcome! 

And hooray to supplements and vitamins that is not in pill forms!