Remedies for Acid Reflux During Pregnancy

Welcome to the wonder of motherhood! Remedies for acid reflux during pregnancy are priceless and everyone has their own that has been passed down from generation to generation. The problem is actually finding something that works!!

If you’re pregnant, you may be having heartburn episodes for the very first time or, if you’ve been a long time sufferer, your run-in’s may have gotten worse.

The bad news is that 50% of all expectant moms are asking “What can I do about acid reflux during pregnancy?” Unfortunately, that means you are not alone. The good news is that most symptoms usually subside in the weeks and months that follow childbirth since hormone levels typically return to normal.

Until then, there are several things that you can do to minimize your discomfort. Treatment for pregnant women is very similar for the treatment of those who aren’t. Try exhausting all of the following natural techniques before trying any prescription products that your doctor may suggest.

  • Try chewing gum after a meal. You’ll stimulate the production of saliva, which neutralizes acid in the stomach. Since peppermint is known to cause heartburn, try a fruity flavored gum.

  • Wear clothes that are loose fitting. Tight clothing will cause undue pressure on the abdomen. Today’s maternity fashions may lend themselves to a more form-fitting style and, although trendy, those pieces will only make matters worse.

  • Eat several small meals throughout the day (instead of a few large ones) and make sure to chew slowly. Try putting your fork or spoon down between bites to encourage digestion.

  • Drink less than you normally would during mealtime. Large amounts of liquid will cause your stomach to distend. Take care to balance this with the amount of liquid intake that has been recommended by your doctor. You don’t want to become dehydrated because you were trying to avoid aggravating your acid reflux

  • Eat at least two or three hours before you go to bed. If you lie down immediately after eating, even if it’s only for a short nap, you increase the likelihood that your symptoms will return.

  • You can try Rolaids, Maalox or Tums. However, anything that contains sodium bicarbonate can cause fluid retention and should only be used under the supervision of a physician. During the third trimester, any antacid that contains magnesium should be avoided because they have been known to interfere with contractions.

  • Make sure you follow your doctor’s instruction when it comes to gaining weight. However, gaining too much weight might cause extra pressure on your stomach, resulting in the severity and frequency with which you’ll experience the symptoms related to acid reflux.

  • When you sleep, elevate your head and/or your upper body. This will help prevent stomach acid from flowing back up into the esophagus There are many products on the market that are designed specifically for that purpose.

  • One of the best remedies for acid reflux during pregnancy comes in the form of self denial. If you’ve ever experienced the symptoms associated with the disease, you know that to give up the following for the next nine months is more than a fair trade.

Beware of:

  • Tomatoes and Related Sauces (Pizza, Spaghetti, etc.)

  • Ketchup

  • Mustard

  • Horseradish

  • Salad Dressings

  • Vinegar

  • Fried Foods

  • Caffeine

  • Coffee and Tea (Even decaffeinated products can instigate acid production).

  • Chocolate

  • Citrus Juices/Foods

  • Caffeine

  • Products flavored with peppermint (candy, cocoa, etc.)

  • Processed Meats

  • Cream Sauces (Alfredo)

  • Alcohol and Tobacco (Of Course)

Pregnancy is something to be celebrated but it can also be an overwhelming state. If you arm yourself with these remedies for acid reflux during pregnancy you’ll be prepared regardless of what Mother Nature throws your way.

Remember that an increased incidence of GERD episodes during pregnancy is quite common and there are many preventative measures that you can take to avoid those annoying and painful occurrences. The changes may seem small but, collectively, they will make a big difference.

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