How to prevent heartburn during pregnancy

Recently, I discovered that I am having our second baby. Few days ago, I was lying in bed with half body slightly elevated trying to get rid the burning sensation between my chest and stomach and sometimes goes up to my throat. I was suffering from heartburn and that was too early for this pregnancy. I presumably overate that’s why I am feeling that burning sensation.

Heartburn occurs during early and late pregnancy due to a reflux of food and acid from your stomach to your throat which is caused by the softening of the ligaments that keeps the lower esophageal sphincter tightly closed. This is a common discomfort problem while pregnant and perhaps it is inevitable.

Though you may not be able to completely get rid of it, there are few ways to prevent heartburn during pregnancy.

  1. Though you may have cravings at this time, remember to eat light. Do not over ate, instead try to have small meals.
  2. Take it slow, don’t rush your meal. Enjoy your food and chew it thoroughly.
  3. Water is important to pregnant women and it is best if you can drink 8 to 10 glasses a day. But don’t drink huge amount during meal time as this causes your lower esophageal sphincter to open. Drink large amount of water in between meals.
  4. Don’t go to bed immediately after eating. Allow atleast 2-3 hours before you go to sleep.
  5. Sleep with your head and shoulder or half of your body slightly elevated. This will help your stomach acids to stay in place where they should be.
  6. Avoid coffee, tea and soda as these drinks contain caffeine.
  7. Avoid wearing tight clothes.
  8. When sitting down, avoid slouching.
  9. Avoid smoking as this may trigger and increase heartburn.
  10. Avoid food that triggers heartburn such as citrus fruits and juices, tomatoes, chocolates, mustard, vinegar, spicy, fried, and fatty foods.

If these tips can’t help you, talk to your care provider for a possible safe over the counter remedy.

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