You know that burning sensation in your chest after eating? That’s called heartburn and is a common occurrence during pregnancy. (I know… like you needed another physical discomfort to add to your list! 😉
Also known as acid indigestion or acid reflux, heartburn is often due the hormonal and physical changes your body is going through to nourish that blossoming belly. Even so, it doesn’t make it easy to swallow. So how do we deal with heartburn during pregnancy?
Here are 5 tips to help you reduce heartburn:
- Avoid acidic foods and drinks – carbonated beverages, caffeine, citrus juices, tomatoes, chocolate (Ok, maybe that last one would be a challenge, at least for me… but try and be mindful).
- Eat slow, chew well and avoid large meals – instead of chowing down on a few large meals during the day, spread yours out into smaller sized portions. And remember, chew, chew chew.
- Don’t eat right before bed – try and have your last meal or snack at least 2 hours before lying down, this will help with digestion.
- Get out the chewing gum – enjoying a piece of gum after eating helps to stimulate saliva production which will help neutralize acid.
- Sip, don’t gulp – instead of downing a glass of your favourite pregnant beverage, sip slowly throughout the day especially with meals
If you’re dealing with intense heartburn, be sure to ask your Doctor during your next visit.
Have a few additional suggestions for heartburn? Be sure to share it with us! We would love to hear from you.