Baking soda is known and used in every home. Apply it for cleaning surfaces, and for the prevention of certain diseases, and what a gentle, airy baking is obtained with its use!
Are there any contraindications for its use? Is this product safe for expectant mothers?
Consider the use of soda for heartburn
Many pregnant women feel a burning sensation in the chest, or, so-called "heartburn". This symptom often visits the expectant mothers in the second and third trimester of the gestational period. To prevent this symptom is necessary to monitor the quality of nutrition, properly organize your daily routine, avoid eating spicy food. Nevertheless, despite the caution of women, the heartburn problem still exists. It is associated with hormonal changes in the body, and with physiological changes - namely, with a shift of the stomach upward and subsequent pressure on the esophagus by a growing uterus. In this regard, women during pregnancy are simply forced to seek some kind of "salvation" to alleviate this condition. In this case, only symptomatic treatment is possible. But most medical drugs negatively affect the body of pregnant women. Therefore, many women who are faced with the problem of heartburn, use one of the most famous ways. They take soda in the form of an aqueous solution to neutralize the acid in the stomach.
A positive effect can be noticed after a few minutes. But due to the fact that carbon dioxide, which is released, when the soda reacts with the acid of the stomach, irritates the esophagus, the person begins to feel a new attack of heartburn. In addition, sodium bicarbonate can provoke swelling, and has a negative effect on the intestinal mucosa. The conclusion is obvious - do not use soda to ease heartburn for future mothers.
Douching soda during pregnancy
Due to its antiseptic properties, soda can be used in medicine, in particular, in gynecology. Syringing with drinking soda additionally (except for the main prescribed drugs) removes unpleasant symptoms in the treatment of thrush. But this is only an auxiliary tool that is used in complex therapy. The effectiveness of using a soda solution is explained by the fungicidal action of sodium bicarbonate on microfiber fungi. For syringing with a solution of sodium bicarbonate it is necessary to dissolve one teaspoon of soda in two hundred milliliters of warm boiled water. Perform the procedure preferably lying on its side, so that the solution is in the vagina for a while. Douching should be very carefully, so as not to harm the baby, because the responsibility for his health lies in this period on his mother.
Naturally, syringing with a solution of soda, as well as any other solutions, is prescribed by a doctor who watches a woman during the period of pregnancy.
Sore throat soda during pregnancy
Another use of a solution of baking soda is gargling with various viral diseases. The use of a soda solution, unlike medical preparations and various herbal remedies, is safe and very effective during pregnancy. The disinfecting properties of sodium hydrogen carbonate reduce the rate of reproduction of bacteria due to the creation of an alkaline environment, and the body copes with such diseases as pharyngitis, laryngitis, tonsillitis, etc. Much faster.
Preparation of a solution for rinsing the throat: mix half a teaspoon of soda with a glass of water, a temperature of 30-40 degrees, rinse hold at least 4-5 times a day. But you should not abuse this remedy, because soda can overdry the mucous throat.
Washing the nose with soda during pregnancy
Washing of the nose with soda solution is an effective tool in the treatment of rhinitis and sinusitis.
But the maximum effect is achieved when using soda with salt at the same time. This kind of solution is very easy to prepare: you need to take half a teaspoon of baking soda, a teaspoon of sea salt and dissolve these components in two hundred milliliters of warm boiled water. In the absence of sea salt - use the cook. The resulting solution must be poured into the kettle for brewing tea or boiled in advance pear dumbbell and wash the nose over the washbasin. This should be done by tilting the head in such a way that the liquid, poured into one nostril, flows out of the other nostril or through the mouth. With this solution, you can wash your nose 3-5 times a day. It is very important for pregnant women, because in their situation, therapy with antibiotics and various complex drugs is contraindicated. As a result of the application of such washes, edema of the nasal mucosa decreases, signs of an inflammatory process in the nasal sinuses decrease, and the mucous membrane of the nasopharynx clears from various bacteria and viruses.
Milk with soda during pregnancy
Since ancient times, our ancestors have been looking for prescriptions for the treatment of various diseases, referring to clues to mother nature. Milk is not only a valuable food product, but also a storehouse of vitamins and trace elements, such essential for pregnancy. Its valuable ingredients are used not only to drink whole milk, but also to use such products as cheese, cottage cheese, yogurt, kefir, sour cream, etc. The use of warm milk with various respiratory diseases accompanied by a cough with its effectiveness has been confirmed for many generations. It is especially effective to use warm milk with the addition of baking soda. Such a drink helps make dry cough productive, which is why the process of recovery is accelerated.
There are several recipes that include milk and baking soda.
The first is 250 milliliters of milk, a teaspoon of honey and ¼ teaspoon of soda.
The second is 300 milliliters of milk, a little butter and ¼ teaspoon of soda.
The third - milk (250 ml), a teaspoon of honey, 1/5 teaspoon of soda and 1 drop of alcohol solution propolis.
Milk with soda during pregnancy can be used in the form of listed recipes only in the absence of allergic reactions to lactose.
Despite all the advantages that sodium bicarbonate possesses, in some cases it is possible to overdose it when applied inside. Therefore, when using soda, you need to be careful, especially women who have a baby. Consequences of its excessive use can be:
Irritation of the mucosa of the digestive organs;
Minor upset stomach;
When trying to neutralize hydrochloric acid in the stomach, you can get heartburn even more than before applying this "blanking" and thus worsen your condition.
With external application, an overdose is practically not possible (except for the long-term effect of dry powder on the human skin).
It should also be noted that all of the above methods of treatment with baking soda are only recommendatory. Using these prescriptions for the treatment of diseases on their own, future mothers may endanger their unborn baby. Therefore, we advise you to seek help from a doctor and not engage in self-medication. Be vigilant and healthy!
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Medical expert editor
Portnov Alexey Alexandrovich
Education: Kiev National Medical University. A.A. Bogomolets, Specialty - "General Medicine"
Soda or sodium bicarbonate is absolutely physiological to the human body, because it is part of our blood. The main factor responsible for the normal acid-base balance of our body are the buffer systems of blood, bicarbonate of them is the largest.
Speaking about the principle of the action of this method, it is necessary to understand first of all the chemical and physical properties of urine. Normally, urine has a relative density higher than water and has a slightly acid reaction.
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