Heartburn Helpers

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Because growing a baby in your tummy and then having to push it out 9 months later isn’t fun enough already, there are a load of other things that come with pregnancy: morning sickness, swollen ankles, a missing bellybutton, (mine is still just around, but not for too much longer!!) insomnia, mood swings, back pain and heartburn – Just to name a few! 

On a side note – I would 100% say that there are so many more good things about pregnancy than bad! I know this post started a little bit negative but I have been really lucky so far in my pregnancy in that I haven’t really had it that bad with any of these.

I am finding that I suffer a lot with heartburn, and it always seems to be worse after I have eaten carbs. This makes me sad because I love carbs and the thought of giving them up really upsets me. So before I cut carbs out completely, I decided to get on the Google and find out exactly why I was suffering and how I can help it and still eat carbs! 🙂 

So heartburn happens because of progesterone, that hormone that relaxes muscles during pregnancy is relaxing the stomach valve too. Meaning that isn’t keeping the acid out of the esophagus. In addition, the growing uterus crowds the stomach, forcing acid into the esophagus. 

Top tips to help soothe heartburn:

  • Eat Smaller Amounts – A full tummy doesn’t need to get more full if it doesn’t need to be. Eating smaller amounts will help to reduce the amount of heartburn you are feeling.
  • Eat Slower – Eating too fast can cause heartburn, so it makes sense to eat your meals nice and slow. 
  • Sip Your Drink – Don’t down your drink with your meal, make sure you sip it slowly. If you can try to get your fluids in before you eat.
  • Avoid Food Before Bed – The majority of advice suggests not laying down for around 2-3 hours after you have eaten if you can help it. 
  • Wear looser clothing – When you have a baby growing in your belly, there isn’t a lot of room in there anyway. Adding tight clothing to the mix is only going to make things feel worse. 

I am going to go away and try all of these things in the hopes that my heartburn calms down! Have you found any top tips that really worked for you, please share if you have!!

 

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