Cool Heartburn During Pregnancy
Why does heartburn flare up during pregnancy?
Heartburn or acid indigestion tends to become a problem for women in their second and third trimesters. Pregnancy heartburn can be a result of changing hormones or the enlarged uterus pushing stomach acids back up.
Natural ways to cure heartburn
Luckily, there are many natural things a pregnant woman can do to soothe her heartburn before turning to medication. Check out these tips for soothing heartburn the natural way:
- Eat smaller, more frequent meals versus three large meals per day.
- Don’t rush it! Eat slowly and take the time to fully chew your food.
- Don’t drink too much liquid too fast while eating. Too much liquid can cause acid reflux.
- Stay super-hydrated in between meals.
- Forgo spicy, fried or super-rich foods that can cause the lower esophageal sphincter to relax, allowing stomach acids to come back up the esophagus.
- Sit upright after meals to allow your digestive system to do its business. If you lie down right after eating, heartburn is more likely to occur.
- Chew a piece of gum.
- Avoid tight-fitting clothing that can add pressure to your stomach, possibly causing that acid reflux.
- When you lie down for a nap or bedtime, place extra pillows behind your head, shoulders and upper back to reduce the risk of stomach acids rising up while you try to sleep.
Check with your doctor
Before trying an over the counter heartburn relief medicine, check with your doctor to make sure they are safe to take during pregnancy.
If your heartburn persists, you may want to make an appointment with your doctor as he may be able to prescribe you a medication to reduce your heartburn that is safe to take during your pregnancy.