Have you ever experienced that burning feeling in the chest behind the breastbone or in the back of your throat? Or you may have even had the unfortunate experience of tasting that hot, sour, acid fluid at the back of your throat, which is gross. If you have, you won't forget it. During pregnancy there is a good chance you will experience it. Sorry to say!
Heartburn tends to be a 3rd trimester issue but, some women experience it all through pregnancy. Heartburn is feeling full and burping up stomach acids. This happens because the increased hormones cause the opening of the stomach to relax and allow stomach acids to come up into the esophagus. Digestion becomes slower as well. Heartburn can also be caused by the growing uterus, which means there is less room in your abdominal cavity.
How to prevent heartburn.
You'll want to experiment with avoiding all or some of these.
- Fatty and spicy foods.
- Coffee, chocolate, and alcohol. (You should not be drinking alcohol while pregnant.)
- Eating for at least 2 hours before laying down.
- Tomato products. (tomato sauce, tomatoes etc.)
- Peppermint and ginger.
- Drinking no more than 1 cup of fluid with a meal.
What can you do to relieve heartburn?
- Whenever you feel heartburn pain, drink a tall glass of water to flush the gastric juices back down.
- Eat papaya or take papaya enzymes.
- Eat 6 small meals a day.
- Lie on your right side. (this position allows gravity to empty the stomach better).
- Keep a list of foods that bother you so you can avoid them.
- Drink organic milk before a meal and avoid drinking lots of liquids with meals.
- Take digestive enzymes at every meal. They help you digest food more effectively.
- Take a probiotic with at least 4 billion active organisms daily. It can improve digestive function.
- Green drinks (chlorella or spirulina) help neutralize acidity.
- Drink filtered water with fresh squeezed lemon juice in it throughout the day.
- Add 1 tsp. of organic apple cider vinegar to a glass of water, add some honey and drink it.
- Eliminate spicy meals and poor fat choices.
- Don't lay down right after a meal. Give yourself a couple of hours.
- Eat a baked potato with some organic butter, ghee or a small amount of organic cheddar cheese.
- Homemade lemonade works wonders. Mix filtered water with fresh lemon juice and a little bit of honey or stevia for sweetness. But don’t overdo the sweetness. Make enough so you can drink it throughout the day.
- Eat a handful of almonds or cashews. Chew very slowly.
- Purchase Thayer Slippery Elm lozenges. Aviva Romm, MD. Suggests 2 – 4 per dose and take up to 3 doses daily.
- Sleep with the your head higher than your feet. (6 inches) For example, prop up the head of your bed with some book or big blocks of wood. Or prop up your body with pillows or use a wedge.
My husband swears by a glass of milk :)
Pregnancy is a time when you need lots of support, love, comfort, affection, healthy-nourishing foods, rest, and a stress-free environment. (Okay, I know that a stress free environment is difficult in this day and age but stress affects your growing baby as much as it affects you.) But try to reduce stress as much as possible. You have to be your own best friend, take care of you and your growing baby. Love yourself as if you were your own child and believe me, you and your baby will benefit. You are your baby's nutritionist, teacher, nurturer, protector and healer. Check out my page just for expecting moms.
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Question: Do you suffer from heartburn? What are your go to remedies to relieve your heartburn? Please answer your question in the comment section below. I would love to hear what works for you. If you like what you've read please feel free to share it.
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