Being pregnant is a magical and wonderful thing, especially when you think about how much a woman’s body changes and what it actually goes through to grow a tiny human. But, like most things it does have it’s a few downfalls……Some of them are really rather unpleasant and others are things you can deal with and pretty much keep at bay at home yourself.
Today’s Tip is how I keep my Heartburn at bay. I suffer really badly with is and I did during my first pregnancy. However, I’ve learnt this time around what I can do at home to keep it at bay without having to go to a chemist and buy medication for it.
What is Heartburn??
Heartburn happens when the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) becomes weakened or relaxed without the presence of food or beverage passing. When this happens, the contents of the stomach can flow back into the oesophagus, resulting in the burning sensation along with other symptoms.
So what are my favourite at-home remedies that I have tried and tested and still use??
1. Drinking Ginger Tea or Adding Ginger into my Smoothies
If you’re pregnant then you know that ginger is great for easing those waves or nausea you get but it’s also great at easing heartburn. I find adding it into my smoothies or even drinking ginger tea help to keep heartburn at bay, I’m quite partial to reaching for the ginger tea at night when I find I start to get some symptoms in bed while I’m trying to sleep. Ginger is a great all round spice that can be used for a number of things including migraines. However, do use ginger in moderation as it could potentially cause contractions.
2. Chewing Gum & Mints
Chewing on gum or mints after a meal can also help to ease heartburn as it increases saliva production and any acid that accumulates in your stomach is quickly washed away and cleared much quicker. Also drinking peppermint tea after meals can help if you don’t have gum or mints. I chew gum or mints more when I’m in work. I have to say Peppersmith are one of my favourite natural gum and mint brands so it’s safe to say I’ve been stocking up.
3. Yoghurt & Milk
Yep, these really can help to ease heartburn however, they are different from person to person. For me if I don’t have ginger tea or mints I like to add yoghurt to my smoothies or even have some yoghurt with fruit especially grapes and banana which are also great for easing heartburn. Make sure that you’re choosing fat free options and drinking a skimmed milk. I’m completely off dairy so I find Soya milk helps for me.
4. Eating Little & Often & No More Than 3 Hours Before Bed
Since being pregnant, I struggle to sit and eat 3 big meals a day so I find myself grazing a lot more. I noticed that whenever I ate something a couple of hours before bed I found I had my worse heartburn attacks that I’ve never experienced before. I realised that before going to bed your stomach should be given time to empty itself. So by eating in smaller quantities and then making sure I don’t have anything after a certain time I’ve been able to curb one of my bigger triggers.
5. Drinking Water
This one was bound to make the list, whether you’re pregnant or not you should always make sure you drink water as part of a healthy diet. I found that since I can’t drink coffee I was substituting for fizzy drinks and that gave me heartburn, I didn’t realise it at the time but then after one of my appointments I was told to try and lay off the fizzy drinks and try and drink 2 glasses of water slowly before my meals. I’ll be honest since laying off the fizzy drinks I don’t have heartburn as much.
6. Prop Yourself Up
Lastly, if non of these seem to be easing your heartburn especially at night time when you’re in bed try propping your yourself up. I use my pregnancy pillow most nights for this and sleep sort of sitting up. It’s really helped ease my heartburn (because I just can’t keep away from eating foods I know I shouldn’t that give me heartburn!) I find that because I’m so big and I’m uncomfortable in bed at night that this is the only way I can sleep that doesn’t make my body ache and definitely eases the heartburn. It has something to do with the acid not being able to come back up as easy lying this way.
I really hope these tips help you and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my post. If you have any of your own tips and remedies for easing heartburn please feel free to share them in the comments.
Lots of Love