Heartburn during pregnancy is very common especially when women are carrying high risk pregnancies and pregnant women in their second while it gets worse duringthe 3rdtrimester (because the baby compresses your digestive organs and diaphragm up leaving little space for digestive juices) and for some it occurs throughout pregnancy. Having a chest pain while having heartburn in pregnancy can be very painful and at times it leaves an acidic taste in the mouth. Hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy is one of the culprits behind heartburn during pregnancy. For instance, progesterone causes esophageal sphincter muscle to relax thus allowing free passage of acid from the gastric cavity. The good news is heartburn during pregnancy can be treated using natural home remedies and most home remedies for heartburn also works in pregnancy.
Home remedies for heartburn
Nothing much can be done to prevent organic sources of heartburn in pregnancy as fetus will grow in the womb, hormones will fluctuate, however it is easier for women with healthy pregnancy to get relief naturally and faster while adopting some of these measures listed below:
1. Cider vinegar
One of the unknown wonders of the world if I must say! Get your cider vinegar from raw unpasteurized apple. Mix just 1 teaspoonful (tsp) of the vinegar with not less than 8 ounces of water, sip it regularly, you will experience relief intermittently.
2. Ginger and lemon juice combo
Ginger and lemon juice combo works wonder as well all you do is to take the following mixtures and drink it- 2 teaspoonful of ginger juice, 1 teaspoonful of lemon juice and a little pinch of table and black salt, mix thoroughly and consume without adding water. You will experience relieve. Ginger stimulates digestive juices and enzymes that helps to enhance the digestive process. You may also chew ginger slices after heavy meals while adding a pinch of salt, this may serve as a preventive measure but it sure does help.
3. Coconut water
Coconut water is a natural appetizer and acid neutralizer, it is quite accessible and it gives fast relief to heartburn symptoms.
Yoghurt is very for pregnant women as it provides fast relief for heartburn. If you have never been diagnosed of peptic ulcer, you may use cow milk in the place of yoghurt else, milk may trigger complications for ulcer, however nut milk or rice milk are great alternatives.
Tea rich in peppermints can ease heart burn faster when taken at intervals. You may use peppermint oil but a little contra-indication is that you should not use peppermint during your 2nd trimester as it can reduce breast milk.
6. Aloe Verajuice
Aloe Vera is natural healing agent, easily obtainable, and it helps to alleviate acid reflux symptoms and reduce inflammation. All you need is ½ cup of fresh aloe juice, you may take this before meal. You may get the Aloe Vera gel and apply it topically on your throat chest and abdomen. It helps a lot.
7. Sip water
Sip water and fluids regularly especially drinks low on citrus, alkalizing foods such as almonds, avocados, green leafy vegetables, garlic and many more. All these helps to neutralize gastric acids.
8. Iron supplements
You might want to avoid iron supplements as they may increase burning sensations on your chest, you might want to talk to your doctor before making adjustments to your supplements.
9. Bentonite clay
This is a very absorbable form of edible clay alkalizing in nature and quickly mops up excess acid, toxins and hormones, by so doing it relieves heartburn symptoms. 1 ½ tablespoonful of bentonite clay dissolved in 8 ounce of water. Drink lots of water to push it through.