Heartburn though not harmful to you or your baby, can be very uncomfortable and more than half of all pregnant women report to suffer from it especially in the second and third trimester. It is caused by the relaxing of the muscle between the stomach and the esophagus which then allows acid reflux or acid to come back up to the esophagus.It is also caused by the enlarged uterus crowding the abdomen and pushing stomach acid upward.
- Avoid fatty foods. These take longer to digest and increase the chances of experiencing heartburn
- Avoid citrus and spicy foods
- Cut down on caffeinated drinks. Besides causing heartburn it is recommended that you cut down on them while pregnant anyway
- Alcohol causes heartburn. You should’t be drinking any for next few months actually!
- There is no hard and fast rule about foods that cause heartburn so something that normally wouldn’t give you the discomfort may start to do so during pregnancy because of the changing hormones that affect digestion so watch what you eat and eliminate foods that you think might be triggering heartburn
- Eat smaller meals more frequently and eat slowly
- Do not drink while you eat
- Avoid lying down soon after eating
- Put a pillow under your shoulders. Being slighty elavated will allow gravity to help keep the acid down
If you’re already at the mercy of heartburn you may want to-
- Speak to your doctor about taking a liquid antacid which is safe during pregnancy and is effective as it lines the stomach
- Wear loose fitting clothes as tight fitting ones increase pressure on your stomach and abdomen
Cheer up mommy. Heartburn usually goes away after childbirth.
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