All-Natural Remedies for Heartburn

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It seems that during pregnancy, if you’re not plagued with nausea and vomiting, you’re hit with unrelenting heartburn that keeps you up all hours. If you’re one of the lucky few, like me, who have the pleasure (catch the sarcasm?) of experiencing both nausea and vomiting and heartburn during pregnancy you know it can be a real struggle.

Heartburn during pregnancy is not an uncommon symptom, with WebMD saying that nearly half of all pregnant women report that they experienced severe heartburn mostly in their second and third trimesters. I can still remember my first ever experience with heartburn; when I was pregnant with my third child, it hit me and it stuck no matter how much I willed it away.

The American Pregnancy Association says that the symptom of heartburn during pregnancy is all thanks to the hormone progesterone. This hormone dramatically increases during pregnancy and is responsible for not only keeping the pregnancy safe, but for many common pregnancy complaints. Heartburn can also be a result of the growing baby pushing and displacing your internal organs – which is also why it’s so common in the later trimesters.

When I am pregnant, I am very aware of what I am putting into my body when it comes to medications and non-natural remedies. As a person with a high-risk pregnancy, I am on enough medication daily to help keep the baby thriving, so I like to avoid other medications, if possible. When it comes to heartburn during pregnancy, thankfully there are some natural remedies you can try first to see if they help before going on more prescription medication – and many of them have worked really well for me so far.

Some Natural Foods That May Help:

Almonds – there is a natural oil in the almonds that can help ease the stomach, but it isn’t too fatty, which is why you should avoid fried foods

Yogurt – calcium is a great soother for the throat and the whole digestive system. The creamy, cold texture has been a favorite of mine to help ease heartburn. Better to stick to the plain yogurts.

Ice cream – like you need an excuse to eat ice cream, but similar to yogurt – it helps! Just stick to the plain vanilla and avoid other flavors, like chocolate.

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Apples – apples, for some reason, have always been my go-to choice to settle down heartburn. I don’t think it’s anything in the acetic juices, but it’s likely just the food in my stomach that helps.

Some Natural Beverages That May Help:

Coconut water – I love coconut everything and coconut water really has been amazing to ease my heartburn. It’s cold, soothing, and a natural acid neutralizer.

Ginger tea – much like ginger’s effectiveness for squashing morning sickness, it does the same for heartburn. It eases the whole gastrointestinal tract and having it in tea form is delicious.

Slippery elm tea – this natural, herbal tea has been long touted as a cure for heartburn. According to Dr. Lisa Watson, slippery elm tea is safe and effective to ease heartburn in pregnancy.

Some Other Natural Tips:

Don’t eat too much – there is a delicate balance to the amount of food that you eat and your heartburn. When I overeat, I am always met with that fire feeling in my throat. It’s also important to avoid foods that are known to increase heartburn like chocolate, spices, and fried foods.

Eat frequently – my heartburn always seems to be worse when I am hungry, so the key for me is to eat small but frequent meals. The empty stomach is not a friend to any pregnant woman with nausea and vomiting or heartburn.

Prop yourself up – after you eat, make sure you stay sitting up to give your food time to settle in. If you wake up with heartburn, which I occasionally do, prop yourself up with some comfortable pillows to keep the acid from coming up.

If your heartburn becomes unmanageable with natural remedies, you should talk with your midwife or doctor about other ways to help ease and treat heartburn during pregnancy.

:: Do you get bad heartburn in pregnancy? What have you found helps you? ::

 

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All-Natural Remedies for Heartburn

Devan McGuinness is the founder of the online resource Unspoken Grief, which is dedicated to breaking the silence of perinatal grief for those directly and indirectly affected by miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death. Using her own experience of surviving 12 miscarriages, Devan has been actively supporting and encouraging others who are wading through the challenges associated with perinatal and neonatal loss. Winner of the 2012 Bloganthropy Award and named one of Babble's “25 bloggers wh ... More

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  1. Profile photo of John John says:

    I have tried lemon juice after a spicy meal & it had really helped me a lot with my heartburn (by the way my friend suggested this).There are also some other foods that helps against heartburn which I found out here – http://www.nobledrugstore.com/blog/diseases-condition/acid-reflux-taming-foods
    Hope that helps

  2. Profile photo of Lindsey Lindsey says:

    apples ices cream ya those give me major heartburn cant believe there on the list . hot water and lemon help probiotics also help alot as well as fresh ginger

  3. Profile photo of Layne Layne says:

    Thank you! I am a fire breathing dragon right now.

  4. Profile photo of nichole nichole says:

    apple cider vinegar is also something that works for heartburn. a shot of it or so and its sopost to help.

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