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Do you have heartburn? Many women at this stage in their pregnancy report experiencing heartburn. If you have experienced it before pregnancy, it may be even worse now. Again, your hormones are the culprit. Increases in the progesterone hormone, produced by the placenta, relax the valves that separate the esophagus from the stomach, allowing gastric acid to sneak back up the pipe, which ultimately causes that uncomfortable burning sensation.
Some tips to manage heartburn…
- Stay upright. Be sure to sit up for at least 30 minutes before bed. At bedtime, try placing a folded bed sheet or extra pillow under your mattress to elevate your head above your stomach while you sleep.
- Sip drinks slowly. Don't gulp, no matter how thirsty you are, and avoid drinking with meals, as this increases the volume of your stomach.
- Avoid big meals before bedtime. In fact, try grazing, or eating smaller meals, throughout the day. You should also avoid problematic foods, like carbonated beverages and greasy meals.
- Have a Linea nigra? Here's a fun, old wives’ tale associated with it: If the Linea nigra runs to the navel, it's a girl; but if it goes all the way up, to the bottom of your sternum, you will have a boy!