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Remedies for Heartburn During Pregnancy

Heartburn, burning sensation in the chest and throat, and sour, acidic taste in the mouth are all too familiar features during pregnancy. Heartburn during pregnancy is caused by a number of factors. The increased levels of hormones during pregnancy can soften the ligaments that normally keep the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) tightly closed. Relaxation of the LES can cause the food and acids to reflux into the esophagus or throat. As the uterus grows in size, more pressure is put on the stomach forcing the contents through the LES into the esophagus causing heartburn.

It may not be possible to eliminate heartburn altogether during pregnancy but some remedies can definitely minimize the discomfort.

1. Avoid foods that are known to trigger heartburn like chocolate, citrus foods and juices, tomatoes, mustard, vinegar, mint products, spicy, fried and fatty foods.

2. Avoid beverages containing caffeine like tea, coffee, and colas. Caffeine relaxes the LES and allows acid to regurgitate into the esophagus.

3. Alcohol is also best avoided.

4. Eat several small meals throughout the day rather than three large meals to avoid putting excessive pressure on the stomach.

5. Do not rush through meals. Eat slowly and calmly and chew food well.

6. Wait for at least three hours after the last meal to go to bed.

7. Drink plenty of water between meals. Large quantities of fluids during meals can distend the stomach putting more pressure on the LES.

8. Elevate the head of the bed by six inches with the help of blocks or bricks or use a wedge pillow.

9. Wear loose, comfortable clothes especially around the waist and stomach.

10. Bend at the knees instead of the waist. Bending at the waist puts more pressure on the stomach.

11. Improve posture. Sit upright rather than slouch in a comfortable chair.

12. Too much weight gain puts more pressure on the stomach. Watch what you eat and maintain a healthy diet.

13. Smoking is to be strictly avoided.

14. As far as possible use herbal remedies like chamomile, licorice, catnip, fennel, ginger etc rather than over-the-counter antacids and acid suppressors. They are a lot safer and just as effective.

15. Honey mixed with warm milk gives relief from heartburn.

Most of these remedies can also be used to prevent further bouts of heartburn even post pregnancy. Prevention of heartburn is often the best policy.

Note that the heartburn treatment using medicaments can be very challenging during the pregnancy, since most drugs are not recommended to pregnant women. However, pregnant woman could achieve immediate relief from their heartburn by choosing the holistic approach that tackles the internal environment that contributes to heartburn in the first place. By choosing the natural approach you can eliminate and prevent heartburn safely and effectively.

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