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It was heartburn that got me in the end. I could take the swelling, the back pain, the constant trips to the bathroom, the... Women See The 5 Ways to Reduce Heartburn During Pregnancy

It was heartburn that got me in the end. I could take the swelling, the back pain, the constant trips to the bathroom, the itchy skin, the fatigue, the sweating, the sleeplessness and even the psychological shock of seeing the scale tip 200 pounds. But the constant, searing pain of heartburn made the miracle of pregnancy seem more like a curse—by the middle of my third trimester, my mantra had changed from “Please, let him be healthy!” to “Just get him OUT!”

That fiery sensation known as heartburn happens when the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), a muscle responsible for keeping stomach contents in their place, begins to relax or leak. this allows stomach acids to flow upward into the esophagus, explains Suzanne Trupin, M.D., CEO of Women’s Health Practice of Champaign, Ill.

Pregnant women are prime candidates for two reasons: First, the hormone relaxin—busy limbering up your joints and connective tissue for an easier delivery—slows your digestion, meaning food stays in your stomach longer and triggers more acid production. Second, your growing baby exerts pressure on both the stomach and the LES, increasing the chance that acids will be pushed up into the esophagus.

So what’s an expectant mother to do? Follow these five tips to relieve the pain:

1. Eat Less, More Often
Overeating exacerbates heartburn, says rachel Brandeis, M.S., a registered dietitian in Atlanta who specializes in prenatal nutrition. “When you’re pregnant, there’s less room for your stomach to expand,” she explains. and maintaining a sensible diet will not only stave off heartburn in the short term, but throughout your pregnancy as well, because gaining more than the recommended weight puts more pressure on your abdomen, which can trigger the condition. instead of three meals a day, aim for six mini-meals (See “Mini-Size Me”) of no more than 1½ cups of food each, Brandeis recommends. Smaller meals are easier for your body to digest.


2. Eliminate Trigger Foods
Identify the foods that intensify your heartburn and banish them from your diet. While there are no universally “banned” foods, common heartburn triggers include acidic foods, such as citrus fruits and tomatoes, greasy or fried foods, spicy foods, chocolate, coffee and carbonated beverages and alcohol (which, as you well know, you should eliminate anyway!).

3. Focus on Fluids
“Liquid-y foods are less likely to cause problems than solids, since they move through the stomach more quickly,” Brandeis says. Soups, smoothies, yogurt, milkshakes, protein shakes and puddings are good choices. Look for liquids that offer plenty of protein, such as milk and drinkable yogurt. and aim to make solids a little less so: “chew solid foods slowly and extremely well, until they’re almost liquefied,” Brandeis adds. Make quick and healthy smoothies in a flash at  fitpregnancy.com/smoothies.

4. Sleep Smart
To avoid nighttime heartburn, don’t eat anything for at least three hours before bedtime. Elevate the head of your bed by placing books under the legs, and if you’re not already sleeping on your left side, start now; stomach acids will have to travel uphill to reach the esophagus—no easy feat!

5. Time for Tums
It’s fine to find relief in a bottle of tums or rolaids or other calcium- containing antacids. However, “too much calcium can block iron absorption, so don’t take tums at the same time you take your prenatal vitamin,” Brandeis advises. By the time i gave birth, i estimate i’d ingested my own considerable body weight in tums. This overuse created calcium overload, which may have exacerbated my anemia. acids 10 times a day (or more—as i was), talk to your doctor: she may want to check for ulcers or a hiatal hernia (where part of the stomach protrudes into the chest cavity), or prescribe medication.

Also, avoid antacids that list aluminum (such as aluminum hydroxide or aluminum carbonate) as an ingredient; it can cause constipation and can even be toxic in large doses. remedies containing aspirin (such as alka-seltzer) should also be avoided during pregnancy; look for salicylate or acetylsalicylic acid in ingredients lists. You don’t want an antacid containing sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) or sodium citrate, either. Both are high in sodium, which causes water retention.

Mini-Size Me
Here’s a sample of what a day’s worth of small, healthful meals looks like:

1 cup of oatmeal with nonfat milk and 1 apple

1 cup of yogurt with fruit

½ peanut butter and jelly sandwich and 1 cup of vegetable soup

1 handful of whole-grain crackers and 1 ounce of your favorite hard cheese

2 ounces of chicken, ½ cup of mashed sweet potatoes and ½ cup of cottage cheese with fruit

Find eight more 350-calorie snacks that are easy to make, packed with pregnancy nutrients and delicious fitpregnancy.com/snackideas.

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  • mickayla

    October 10, 2016 #1 Author

    I suffered alot with heartburn throught my first pregnancy and only fresh milk and reenies helped me through. But will defnitly keep this steps in my mind for the future.

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    • Shalaquies Smith

      November 30, 2016 #2 Author

      You could use mustered, or have the doctors give you prescriptions for heart burn .. or drink milk

      Reply

  • Mesha

    October 10, 2016 #3 Author

    Drink milk !

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    • Latavia mcquay

      November 23, 2016 #4 Author

      Wish I would’ve known this! I relied on toms. Ate them candy

      Reply

  • Bernard Kwesi Bosomtwi Conduah

    October 10, 2016 #5 Author

    My wife asking how her heart burns could stop, had no idea but thanks to this post I now know what to do.

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  • Tiffany

    October 10, 2016 #6 Author

    yes I literally had this everyday when I were pregnant I wish I had these tips while pregnant the only thing that kind of worked for me or Tums

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    • Donesha Burns

      November 22, 2016 #7 Author

      I wish I could have had this when I was pregnant I had heartburn slot it was never a time during my pregnancy that I didn’t have heart burn I had to watch what I ate and everything

      Reply

  • Brittney Marie

    October 10, 2016 #8 Author

    I wish I would’ve seen this when I was pregnant 😩 my heartburn was the worst !!

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  • Cecelia

    October 11, 2016 #9 Author

    Me personally I drunk lemon water my whole pregnancy I never got it so 💁🏽

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    • Antoinette

      November 28, 2016 #10 Author

      I also had heartburn during my first pregnancy tums and water were the only thing to help me and my son came out with a head full of hair.

      Reply

  • Hazel

    October 11, 2016 #11 Author

    I never has any heartburn hopeful if I have any when I fall pregnant I will know what to do 🙂

    Reply

  • Danielle Robinson

    October 11, 2016 #12 Author

    Me personally I sat up for about 30 mins & drank lots of water.

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  • Mychaela Henderson

    October 12, 2016 #13 Author

    I had really bad heartburn with my first pregnancy! Milk did work fast but it aslo wore off fast!

    Reply

  • Deshae Felding

    October 12, 2016 #14 Author

    Sitting up straight and drinking cold milk helps a lot, avoid drinks with acid!!

    Reply

  • Brandi

    October 13, 2016 #15 Author

    When I was pregnant with my son I had heartburns a lot I just would eat a teaspoon of yellow mustard it would stop right away.

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  • Angela salter

    October 14, 2016 #18 Author

    When I was pregnant with my son an had hart burn I drunk a lot of 🍼 milk

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  • Monique jones

    October 14, 2016 #19 Author

    I never really experience heartburn when I was pregnant but when I did for a Lil while I just ate something hot like a piece of hot pickle and drunk some milk and it went away

    Reply

  • Hannah Lyndsey

    October 14, 2016 #20 Author

    This would have been helpful during my pregnancy.. next time I’ll know!

    Reply

  • Queen Monae Hyler

    October 15, 2016 #21 Author

    Not everyone whom is pregnant will get heartburn however it’s very likely. In those cases drinking water and straying away from spicy foods are always good ways to prevent heartburn.

    Reply

  • Shabrie Nelson

    October 18, 2016 #22 Author

    Eat Like One Leamon With a Lil Suger on there , it stop the heartburn and it really work.

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  • Temilola George

    October 18, 2016 #23 Author

    Squeeze fresh Lemon into hot water, it will surely help reduce the heart burn

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  • Sade

    October 20, 2016 #24 Author

    This is a great post!! Definitely would have helped with my pregnancies! I had heartburn the whole time with almost no relief! Next baby I’ll try the lemon!

    Reply

  • Tamauria Billings

    October 22, 2016 #25 Author

    TUMS!!!!!!

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  • Meme

    October 25, 2016 #26 Author

    I had heart burn almost everyday I was pregnant the only thing that would help was milk n tums

    Reply

  • Cassandra lopez

    October 25, 2016 #27 Author

    I had heartburn alot wothvmy twins i stopped it by pickle juice

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  • Kendrica Bowwen

    October 27, 2016 #29 Author

    I Had Heart Burns Pregnant With My Little Girl . I Drank Pickle Juice To Stop it

    Reply

  • Jalisa. Brown

    October 29, 2016 #30 Author

    Milk never worked for me it mad it worse … With every meal i had a bottle of cold water and i cut all spicey foods out … The cold water and 2 tums worked wonders!

    Reply

  • Jasmine

    October 29, 2016 #31 Author

    When I Get A Heart Burn I Take A Tea Spoon Fill It With Mustard And Eat And It Stops In Less Then 1 Minute It Works All The Time For Me

    Reply

  • Krystal

    October 31, 2016 #32 Author

    If you can tolerate it, drink milk! It helped a lot with my heartburn during my pregnancy as well as trying to stay away from spicy or hot foods (which were also my weakness.)

    Reply

  • Jazeya Kalis

    October 31, 2016 #33 Author

    I’m currently 38 weeks pregnant and suffer from horrible heartburn. So bad I feel it in my back. Milk and tums seem to work best but i recently tried a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and that worked instantly as well!

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  • Tierra Yvette

    October 31, 2016 #34 Author

    OMG! My entire pregnancy was full of heartburn. I’ve tried all remedies from the mustard to milk nothing seemed to help. I used tums like cough drops they were necessities at the time.

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  • Akiecea

    October 31, 2016 #35 Author

    Eat Mustard or take Tums!

    Reply

  • Santorya

    November 1, 2016 #36 Author

    I had heat burns a lot, drinking ice and milk helped me out a whole lot

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  • Amber l

    November 1, 2016 #37 Author

    Milk was my best solution for heartburn . It helped most of the time I would recommend this method to moms

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  • D’Anna Matthews

    November 1, 2016 #38 Author

    I definitely experienced heartburn during my pregnancy especially at night and my cure was a tablespoon full of mustard. Sounds gross I know but trust me it helped!

    Reply

  • Jessica Gauvreau

    November 1, 2016 #39 Author

    Lucky I didn’t have heartburn! But good for future reference!!!

    Reply

  • Natasha White

    November 1, 2016 #40 Author

    I always just ate a little baking soda ,had terribl3 heart burn with both

    Reply

  • Tiffany Williams

    November 2, 2016 #41 Author

    I used milk

    Reply

  • Marjarelle

    November 2, 2016 #42 Author

    Suck on a peppermint it always helped me

    Reply

  • Martavious

    November 3, 2016 #43 Author

    I gave my baby mother milk and peppermints and it worked well…

    Reply

  • Shakeyia smith

    November 4, 2016 #44 Author

    Drinking a cold cup of milk with ice always helped me !!!!

    Reply

  • rahamch

    November 5, 2016 #45 Author

    I like cold sweet milk just like ice cream

    Reply

  • Sierra

    November 8, 2016 #46 Author

    Definitely Wish I Would’ve Known Some Of This When I Was Pregnant, I Had The Worst Heart Burn! 😩😬

    Reply

  • Khosa

    November 9, 2016 #47 Author

    I use to get alot of heart burn but thanks to mail gel it really helps

    Reply

  • Naquesha Curtis

    November 10, 2016 #48 Author

    I had heartburn bad but I used tums also ate mustard & drinking milk helped me

    Reply

  • Tammy Smith

    November 11, 2016 #49 Author

    Some helpful tips that worked for me were milk, sitting up in bed, tums and lots of water. Honestly my heartburn lasted until i was in the delivery room 🙁 but hey my baby boy came out with a head full of hair 😍.

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  • Glenerika

    November 11, 2016 #50 Author

    When I had Heartburn with My pregnancy I Ate and Drank a lot of things and they help -Salty Crackers,Pickle Juice ,Milk A Lemon And a Peppermint But the Lemon is The Top Help one to Me ☺

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  • Lateesha

    November 11, 2016 #51 Author

    I drunk milk for my heartburn while pregnant and it really helped me. I would usually get hurt burn once I laid down and before I found out milk helped I would sit up sleep. But these are very good tips to know.

    Reply

  • Hannah Paul

    November 15, 2016 #52 Author

    I used to experience heartburn quite a lot especially during my last trimester.I used to take some milk and it could ease abit.

    Reply

  • Cristle

    November 15, 2016 #53 Author

    Luckily I didn’t have heartburn.. this would have been too much lol on top of just being big & pregnant. I was told drinking milk was always helpful.

    Reply

  • Leah

    November 16, 2016 #54 Author

    I had horrible heartburn when I was pregnant. I wish I would have read this article during my pregnancy!

    Reply

  • Denetra

    November 17, 2016 #55 Author

    I had heartburns a lot with my second baby & even now. Now I know some things to look out for.

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  • Jaqulla

    November 19, 2016 #56 Author

    Where was this when I was pregnant I had heart burn so bad I use to try musturd but it didn’t work at all

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  • Jaylon

    November 19, 2016 #57 Author

    Eat mustard or have your doctor give u pills for heartburn or even eat tums

    Reply

  • Donesha Burns

    November 22, 2016 #58 Author

    I had heartburn daily I had to watch what I ate and everything wish I could’ve know about this but sometimes milk did help and I knew that my daughter was going to have a lot of hair

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  • Courtney

    November 23, 2016 #59 Author

    I had terrible heart burn when I was pregnant wish I would have know these things

    Reply

  • Jenna

    November 23, 2016 #60 Author

    I Had Terrible Heart Burn During My 2nd Pregnancy & I Ate Pop Sicals To Help It .

    Reply

  • Brianna Bender

    November 23, 2016 #61 Author

    There was nothing I could do to get rid of heartburn with my 3rd child, so after trying all the remedies and suggestions I just built a fort so I could sleep sitting up and kept a bottle of Tums in my purse, that at least made it subside.

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  • Khadijah

    November 23, 2016 #62 Author

    Drink plenty of water

    Reply

  • LaTavia McQuay

    November 23, 2016 #63 Author

    I wish I would’ve read this during my pregnancy. I had hearrbearn so bad. I ate tums like candy!

    Reply

  • Andrea curtis

    November 24, 2016 #64 Author

    To Be Honest I Drunk Milk When I Was Having Heart Burn && It Helped A lot 🙂

    Reply

  • Tennille Myers

    November 25, 2016 #65 Author

    HEARTBURN WAS THE WORST THING I EXPERIENCED DURING MY PREGNANCY

    Reply

    • Ashley

      November 25, 2016 #66 Author

      I had heart burn every day seemed like, milk was the only thing that worked for me.

      Reply

  • Alrycka

    November 25, 2016 #67 Author

    I ate a lot of baking soda or I drank cold. It really helped.

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  • Alrycka

    November 25, 2016 #68 Author

    I had to intake a lot of baking soda and cold milk

    Reply

  • Ashley

    November 25, 2016 #69 Author

    I had heart burn every day seems like and milk was the only thing that seemed to help!

    Reply

  • Keekee mason

    November 26, 2016 #70 Author

    I use to have heartburn really bad doing pregnancy…..I took tums and drunk milk they both helped….

    Reply

  • Tisha

    November 27, 2016 #71 Author

    It’s crazy I need to read this I’m pregnant with my 3rd child and heartburn has been killing me I never experienced this with my other pregnancy.

    Reply

  • Aaliyah

    November 28, 2016 #72 Author

    I wish I would’ve known all of these tips during my pregnancy. The only thing that helped me was prescribed medication from my doctor. I will be holding on to this list !

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  • Anuhimen lewis

    November 29, 2016 #73 Author

    so so educating. will take my time to educate my wife on it. thanks alot. ladies in the house please learn faster

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  • Alexis Alexander

    November 30, 2016 #74 Author

    My heartburns were the worst but I took tums and drunk lots of milk to relieve some of the burning

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  • Kelly bundy

    November 30, 2016 #75 Author

    I drank a cup full of milk or ate peppermints when I told my doctor how bad my heart burn was he said to get tums, they worked perfectly for me instant relief 🙌🏽❤️

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  • Andrea Jackson

    December 1, 2016 #76 Author

    try sunflower seeds & fruit it helped me a lot

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  • Jelishia Mcquay

    December 2, 2016 #77 Author

    Drink plenty of water and stay away from acidy foods

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  • Jamie White

    December 2, 2016 #78 Author

    I drink milk and don’t eat a lay down sit straight up

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  • Mrs happiness

    December 3, 2016 #79 Author

    I wish I have been on site durning my pregnancy my heartburns was the worst.

    Reply

  • Courtney

    December 7, 2016 #80 Author

    This would of been amazing when I was pregnant with twins man because they killed me with heartburn.

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  • Liyah Fletch

    December 7, 2016 #81 Author

    Wish I would’ve known this while I was pregnant ! 😪

    Reply

  • Sha’Nelle

    December 7, 2016 #82 Author

    Only thing that triggered my heartburn was marinara sauce. I could literally eat anything else…. my doctor told me to eat ice cream to balance out the acid in my stomach and it helped everytime

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  • Tempest

    December 9, 2016 #83 Author

    I didn’t experience heartburn until the very end and yeah I didn’t like it at all. All of those tips above are very helpful, but I had my doctor prescribe me some medicine and I felt way better!

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  • Abria

    December 9, 2016 #84 Author

    I never got heartburn during my pregnancy. Thank god . And My Baby had a head full of hair

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  • Star Morgan

    December 10, 2016 #85 Author

    I had heartburn really really bad….I had to learn not to eat and lay down at night…milk didn’t help me….I had to take zantac 150 for some relief

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