I have never had acid reflux or heart burn in my life until now. These problems started around week 20, and I was told it was completely normal. Why does pregnancy cause this? So, your food is being emptied in to your stomach at a slower rate to allow your body to absorb nutrients for the fetus. This happens in every pregnancy but the outcome of heartburn differs from mom to mom.
I started looking up some lifestyle changes to make so that I can stop burping fire like a dragon, and some of them seemed pretty unrealistic to me.
- Instead of drinking water with your meals , drink it in between them – I generally like to wash my food down, so I wasn’t really feeling this one
- Eat slowly – I am at all times naturally starving, so this tip is hard for me to remember, I have a heard enough time remembering to breathe while I eat.
- Avoid eating hours before bed – nope , too hungry.
- Avoid acidic foods – welp I just made it my goal to perfect the Sunday sauce so God help us all.
There are a few tips that I can follow which fit my lifestyle and have been helping a lot.
- Eat yogurt and drink milk.
- Sleep on your left side. Sleeping on your right side will position your stomach higher than your esophagus and lead to heartburn.
- Chew sugarless gum after every meal.
- Put some honey in your chamomile tea.
- Elevate your body while sleeping.
Medication Tip: You can take over the counter antacids such as Tums, Rolaids, and Maloox. Look for medicines made up with calcium carbonate and magnesium. KEEP IN MIND to avoid magnesium in your third trimester, this can interfere with contractions!
Fun Fact: Heartburn is also caused by estrogen causing the sphincter in the esophageal to relax, therefore allowing acid to splash up the esophagus. Estrogen appears to be responsible for hair growth in babies. According to my kids , at my fetal echo scan, my doctor was able to see hair on both of my babies heads! No baldy kids ! (P.S. a fetal echo exam is mandatory for multiple gestation)