Heartburn remedies during early pregnancy

Heartburn (also referred as an acid reflux or acid indigestion) is a typical symptom many women experience as an early sign of their pregnancy. For some of them it may be a completely new experience usually felt as a burning sensation under the breast bone. If you have it don't worry it is a quite common and harmless.

It is not unusual to have heartburn even during early pregnancy. It is hard to predict whether it will get worse or better towards the second half of it but there are several remedies you can use to minimize your discomfort in the meantime:

  • Try eating small meals during the day. Also don't rush your meals and chew thoroughly. This will minimize stress on your stomach and reduce acid production and heartburn symptoms. Also eating small meals may help with indigestion problems.
  • Try chewing gum. Saliva produced during chewing neutralizes acid and reduces heartburn.
  • Don't drink large quantities of fluids during your meals. Too much fluid will distend your stomach and relax your esophageal valve causing heartburn (don't forget that it is still important to drink 8-10 glasses of water during pregnancy - just try to fit them in between meals).
  • Wear comfortable clothing. Make sure it is not tight on your waist and tummy.
  • Use wedge or prop up pillow during the night. Wedge pillow raises upper part of your body and makes gravity protect your esophagus from acid.
  • Don't lift heavy weights.
  • When picking something up from the floor bend at the knees instead of at the waist.
  • Stop smoking (or at least reduce it as much as possible).
  • Use Tums or any other over-the-counter antacids.
  • If none of the remedies above gives you a relief from heartburn symptoms or you experience severe heartburn symptoms immediately consult your healthcare provider. They may prescribe you additional medications to reduce acidity of your stomach.

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