Have you been undergoing severe acidity or heartburn in your pregnancy? Don’t panic. This is quite normal and many women suffer from it. Having suffered and undergone the trauma of myself, I exactly know how annoying heartburn and acid reflux can be. With all the changes happening in your body, the last thing you would want to suffer from is acidity.
Heartburn can start in the first trimester and continue throughout the pregnancy. The duration differs in women. Here is all you need to know about- the causes and remedies from heartburn in pregnancy-naturally.
Causes of Heartburn in Pregnancy
Instead of panicking, we must know the underlying causes behind heartburn in pregnancy. Some of them are:
1} Making space for baby
As the pregnancy progresses, the growing baby occupies more space in the abdomen. the growing baby compresses all the digestive organs upward and the diaphragm is pushed into a lesser space. This causes the reverse flow of stomach contents into the esophagus. The constant backflow of stomach acid content into the esophagus causes heartburn.
2} Hormonal changes
Hormonal changes are responsible for all the changes that occur during pregnancy-including heartburn. Increase in progesterone levels makes the valve that prevents stomach acids to pass back into the esophagus to relax. This allows backward direction of acid flow and irritates the esophagal lining.
3} Improper working of the cardiac sphincter
If the cardiac sphincter becomes weak in pregnancy, it can cause the stomach acid content to backflow into the oesophagus, and lead to heartburn.
4} Infection due to H.pylori
A bacteria named Helicobacter pylori infects the intestine causing problems in digestion. When this bacteria infects the mucous membrane in your stomach, it can cause bloating, acidity and heartburn.
Natural Remedies to Treat Heartburn in Pregnancy
Baby growth and hormonal changes are inevitable during pregnancy. So what can you do? Listed below are some natural remedies to treat heartburn during pregnancy.
1} Coconut water
Coconut is known to contain cooling properties and its water is a great acid neutralizer. Drinking coconut water on a regular basis helps treat heartburn during pregnancy.
It may be surprising to know that milk does relieve heartburn instantly. Cow’s milk and goat’s milk are considered to be a good remedy to provide relief from heartburn. You can also add a teaspoon of honey into milk which helps soothe the burning sensation in the chest.
3} Apple cider vinegar
Are you wondering how an acid can neutralise acid? It may seem strange to drink vinegar when your chest is burning. Yes, apple cider vinegar is considered to be one of the best remedies for heartburn. Let me tell you how it works. Low acid content in the stomach and it backflow to the esophagus causes heartburn. Apple cider vinegar increases stomach acid contents and neutralises the acid in the esophagal lining. This provides instant relief to heartburn.
4} Fermented foods
Fermented foods like Kefir and Sauerkraut are loaded with good bacteria and enzymes that promote healthy digestion. Eating fermented foods on a regular basis helps avoid heartburn during pregnancy.
5} Lemon Juice
Lemon juice is yet another miraculous remedy for heartburn. Lemon helps increase the production of bile and digestive juices that help balance low stomach acids and promote digestion.
6} Raw almonds
Raw almonds are a great remedy to treat heartburn in pregnancy. The high oil content in almonds controls gastric acid production and decrease heartburn.
Precautionary Measures to Avoid Heartburn in Pregnancy
Apart from the natural remedies mentioned above, the following precautionary measures will help avoid heartburn in pregnancy.
- Choose easy to digest foods
- Eat smaller and frequent meals rather than large portions
- Maintain a proper upright posture throughout the day
- Sleep propped up using a pillow
- Drink plenty of water
- Avoid eating just before bedtime
- Chew gum after every meal
- Wear comfortable clothing
- Limit alcohol and caffeine consumption
If heartburn is mild or moderate, the above-mentioned remedies and tips will help you. However, if you experience severe instances of heartburn, you must contact your doctor immediately.
Have you also experienced heartburn during your pregnancy? What did you do to get rid of it? Please Share your suggestions and advice here with other expecting mothers in the comment section below.