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How to avoid heartburn during pregnancy

avoid heartburn during pregnancy

Heartburn during pregnancy is harmless but uncomfortable. With a few remedies you can relieve the symptoms. Our guide shows how to avoid heartburn during pregnancy.

Eating small portions helps with heartburn during pregnancy.

Heartburn is a typical problem in pregnancy. It can help to be eating many small meals instead of large ones, to avoid heartburn during pregnancy. 

Avoid heartburn during pregnancy: what causes it?

Many pregnant women experience this: The esophagus burns, it causes an unpleasant or you have a sour taste in the mouth. Maybe you feel that way. Heartburn in pregnancy is an evil nuisance for many women, especially in the last trimester. Especially at night it keeps some pregnant women from sleeping – in addition to the sleep disorders that many women have to struggle with in the last three months of pregnancy anyway.

On the one hand the hormones are to blame for the unpleasant burning. The hormone progesterone ensures that the sphincter between the esophagus and stomach gives more easily than usual and therefore gastric acid can rise more easily. In addition, the baby pushes against the stomach from below and this in turn against the sphincter. This explains why the problem mainly occurs in the last third of pregnancy when the unborn child is quite tall.

This helps against heartburn in pregnancy

To prevent heartburn, be sure to take several small meals throughout the day. After a large meal, the pressure in the stomach is greater and thus the risk of heartburn is higher. Since your stomach in the late pregnancy, like your other organs, is literally pushed aside by the big uterus and therefore feels smaller, this will not be difficult for you. Many pregnant women report that at the end of pregnancy, they only have room for small meals anyway.

Easily digestible foods are better for your stomach. A low-fat diet reduces the risk of heartburn and is healthier. You should also chew your food carefully. The digestive work can help you additionally, if you drink a few sips of warm water before eating. One or two sips are enough, after all, your stomach should not stretch too much. Apart from this water, you should therefore not drink much at meals. Better keep your fluid intake to the times between meals.

Your stomach will react sourly to some foods. These include sweets, coffee , tea, citrus fruits and fruit juices. Spicy foods can also increase heartburn. By contrast, protein-rich products such as cottage cheese or yoghurt have a neutralizing effect on stomach acid.

Since heartburn can get worse, especially when lying down, it is recommended to sleep slightly more easily. An extra pillow under the head can help prevent gastric acid from flowing in the wrong direction. In addition, to prevent nocturnal attacks, you should not lie down immediately after eating. Wait about an hour before going to sleep.

Home remedies

If you search the widths of the Internet, you will find in addition to the mentioned more classic remedies for heartburn also unusual tips against the acidic problem. What helps one woman well does not necessarily have to be in the other. We have put together a few home remedies for you. Maybe it will help or give you an idea of ​​what you could try.

A raw carrot or half a boiled potato chewed slowly is said to neutralize the stomach acid. Potato juice can be an alternative. Even a few hazelnuts or almonds, which are chewed in the mouth for a long time, help some women against the burning sensation.

A spoonful of mustard after a meal should also have a positive effect. Some women swear by fennel tea after a meal. Still others get the problem with milk under control. Always make sure to drink in small sips and not too fast, otherwise you may achieve the opposite.

Eating waffles or oatmeal is considered pleasant and neutral by some women. A tablespoon of condensed milk should help pregnant women.

You probably will not completely get rid of the heartburn until the end of your pregnancy, but console yourself: Immediately after the pregnancy is over. And heartburn in pregnancy is also completely harmless – unlike heartburn in the non-pregnant state, which can become chronic and eventually damage the esophagus.

Heartburn and baby hair?

Did you know that it is said that a baby has a lot of hair when the woman has heartburn during pregnancy? Allegedly, the baby’s hair is supposed to tickle the mother’s stomach.

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Author: Genevieve Dumas is a food, fashion, health and beauty writer from New York, who has worked for a range of major magazines.