How to cure heartburn in pregnancy?


Heartburn can be a bothersome symptom during pregnancy, cropping up just when you’ve managed to overcome early nausea. Blame it on the surge of progesterone, a hormone that relaxes smooth muscle tissues in your body, including those controlling your digestive system. While this slowdown benefits your baby by aiding nutrient absorption, it can leave you feeling bloated, gassy, and plagued by heartburn.

As your uterus grows, it presses upward, relaxing the muscle ring between your stomach and esophagus, allowing stomach acid to rise and irritate your esophagus, resulting in that uncomfortable burning sensation.

How to Manage Heartburn:

  • Identify and avoid trigger foods. Many women find citrus fruits, spicy dishes, carbonated drinks, and fatty foods exacerbate heartburn.
  • Maintain good posture while eating and avoid slouching. After meals, remain upright for a while before lying down. Eating your evening meal at least two hours before bedtime aids digestion.
  • Opt for smaller, more frequent meals to prevent overdistension of the stomach and aid digestion.
  • Chew food thoroughly to kickstart digestion, easing the workload on your digestive system.

Relief Measures:

  • Sip a small glass of cold almond milk, known to neutralize stomach acid and provide relief.
  • Chew sugar-free gum to stimulate saliva production, which helps neutralize stomach acid. Opt for fruity flavors if minty varieties exacerbate heartburn.
  • Consult your healthcare provider about suitable medications to alleviate symptoms. Over-the-counter remedies like Rennies or Gaviscon may help, or you may require prescription antacids for severe symptoms

Unfortunately, heartburn during pregnancy tends to persist until delivery. On the bright side, anecdotal evidence suggests babies born to mothers with significant heartburn may have more hair. So, if you’re experiencing heartburn, consider adding a comb to your list of baby essentials!

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