Natural Heartburn Remedies During Pregnancy

Posted on Jul 1, 2012 | Alternative Remedies, Articles Category | | Print This Article

Unfortunately for most women, it is likely that they will experience heartburn to some degree or another during their pregnancy. Heartburn is never a fun condition. For the woman who is pregnant, heartburn can be especially frustrating. Many of the medicinal treatments that are available for heartburn have not sufficiently been tested for use by pregnant women. In addition, some heartburn medications tend to have side effects that a woman may not wish to endure. Fortunately, there are natural remedies for heartburn during pregnancy.

Now, you can’t change what is going on inside your body that makes you more prone to heartburn during pregnancy. During pregnancy, your body produces much more of the hormone progesterone than it does when you are not pregnant. Progesterone serves some specific purposes during pregnancy. One of the things that is accomplished by progesterone is the relaxing of the uterine muscles. This allows the uterus to grow bigger as your baby grows bigger. Unfortunately, the same mechanism in progesterone that helps your uterine to relax can also relax the valve between the esophagus and the stomach, thereby allowing digestive acids to get through and cause heartburn.

Having said all of that, there are some natural remedies for when you do have heartburn during pregnancy. The first natural remedy for heartburn during pregnancy is to avoid heartburn to whatever degree it is possible. Keeping away from acidic foods such as tomatoes or juices, avoiding spicy foods or fatty foods, and keeping caffeine to a minimum may all help. Eating several small snacks and meals through the day instead of 3 larger meals may help with heartburn, and can also help with morning sickness.

There are other natural remedies for heartburn during pregnancy, as well. There are a variety of herbal teas, for example, that can be used. These teas might include things like spearmint, orange peel, chamomile, and even marshmallow root. These herbs are all thought to help quell stomach acid. In addition to teas, there are also herbal supplements that contain some of these ingredients that may help with heartburn during pregnancy, as well.

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