"It means the baby will have lots of hair!"
That's all well and good, but some relief would be better, right!?
Heartburn during pregnancy can be horrible.
The hormone progesterone causes the value between the stomach and the esophagus to relax and allows stomach acid to pass back up, YUCK!
It can be pretty chronic and extremely uncomfortable,
especially in those last few months.
So, what can you do to relieve
heartburn while pregnant?
#1- Talk to your care provider
They will have the best insight and they are the ones you should be taking advice from on what medicines are the best and safest.
#2- Eat smaller meals
Eating smaller meals more often can help reduce some of the pressure and in turn reduce the acid being pushed back up.
#3- Wait to lie down
I know being hungry all the time doesn't help, but if you can, try to wait at least an hour before lying down to rest or sleep.
#4- Sleep / Rest on an incline
An extra pillow or a few to help keep your head further up while your sleeping can help gravity work to keep that acid down.
#5- Avoid foods
Typically spicy, greasy, and very fatty foods trigger the heartburn. Try eating them in smaller amounts (we know they are good) and spacing it out through your day and week.
While this doesn't work for everyone and certainly not when it becomes a bit more severe, but a cup of milk can help equal out that acid and work the acid back down.
(a tablespoon of honey mixed into it while warm helps even more)
Whether it started in your first trimester or third,
heartburn is no fun...
Hopefully with these tips you can keep it down to a minimum
and your baby will have a lot of hair either way!
Jessica Anne Dill
Mom of 5, Wife, Student, Professional Birth and Postpartum Doula, Placenta Specialist, and best friend of coffee and long naps!