Heartburn is one of the most common discomforts women experience during pregnany; and, no, it dosen’t have anything to do with whether or not the baby has hair. It happens because the entire gastro-intestinal system slows down in pregnancy and there can be a small (or big) reversal of stomach acid. This reversal causes discomfort in the esophagus.
There are countless tricks to avoiding heartburn in pregnancy, but here are a few good ones.
- Eat smaller meals
- Don’t lie down until at least one hour after eating
- Avoid triggers. Triggers can be different for everyone, so make a note of what yours are. Some common triggers are: Spicy foods, fatty foods, sugary foods, processed flour.
- Drink Alkaline water and/or aloe vera juice (no sugar added)
- Avoid sugars. Sugar is very irritating to the esophagus
- Eat apples every day
- Try sleeping with a wedge. See recommended products under pregnancy support.
- A lukewarm glass of matcha (japaneese green tea) can usually do the trick
- Drink 1/2 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
- Drink milk or yogurt
- Take 1-2 Tums
- Eat an apple