Heartburn is a very common side effect of growing a human. Your belly expands and pushes all of your internal organs up towards your throat. Including your stomach and it’s contents! 😯
In addition, your body produces a lot of a hormone called relaxin, which is meant to relax (hey it’s in the name!) muscles in your pelvis and uterus, but it also relaxes everything else, including your esophagus (the tube that leads from your throat to your stomach). And guess what? Our good friend progesterone also causes everything to relax, so it’s a hormonal double whammy! 😆 That means all the stuff you eat or drink has an easier time coming back up.
But how can you prevent heartburn or at least make it a bit more tolerable during pregnancy?
🔥 Eat smaller more frequent meals. Don’t fill your stomach too much and that way less stuff will be pushed up by your belly. Also, try to eat slowly!
🔥 Consume things that don’t make it worse. Everyone has different foods that cause heartburn, so avoid the ones that cause yours. Spicy foods are usually a culprit! Other culprits are fat, caffeine and citrus. But like I said, everyone is different, so find out what your triggers are.
🔥 Don’t lie down after eating. Try to stay as upright as possible to avoid the foods you just ate being brought up. This goes hand in hand with timing your meals, don’t have a big meal just before bedtime!
🔥 Try an over the counter anti-acid such as Tums or Berocca. I basically lived off of Berocca during my pregnancy! Some women suffer more than others and need more than just Tums to soothe the heartburn, talk to your provider if you’re having a hard time with heartburn, you might need some stronger meds!
Did you suffer from heartburn in your pregnancy?
What helped or made it worse? Share your tips with our other new moms in our comments below.
Originally posted 2021-03-23 21:43:54.