Many people experience heartburn during pregnancy. Sometimes it’s simply unavoidable due to hormones and your growing uterus, but it can be worth it to see what gives you relief! Here are some things you can try to help you be more comfortable. (Disclaimer: I’m not trained to offer medical advice, diagnose, or treat anything. I’m simply offering suggestions that have worked for me and others. Talk with your medical provider and follow their recommendations.)
Some common triggers of heartburn are tomatoes, citrus, juice, spicy foods, chocolate, dairy, sugar, greasy/fatty foods, and caffeine. Maybe you can start a food journal to keep track of what you’re eating and how it correlates to heartburn. You don’t have to completely overhaul your diet, but it’s good to be mindful and pay attention!
Eat smaller meals.
Try to eat small, frequent meals and/or snacks during the day instead of 3 big meals. And avoid eating in the few hours before you go to bed. Laying down soon after you eat can cause stomach acid to leak into your esophagus and lead to heartburn.
Wear loose-fitting clothes.
Tight clothes can put pressure on your abdomen and cause heartburn. Loose-fitting clothes are less restrictive.
Talk to your doctor about OTC remedies.
There are many things you can try that don’t require a prescription, but you should still okay them with your doctor. These include Tums, Maalox, papaya enzymes (my favorite!), and digestive bitters. Some people swear by drinking apple cider vinegar, pickle juice, or baking soda water. Try some different options out and see what works for you!
Talk to your doctor about prescription options.
Sometimes a prescription can be most helpful if you’re experiencing chronic or more than occasional heartburn.
Did you experience heartburn during pregnancy? What worked best for you?
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