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January 21, 2011

Heartburn and Early Pregnancy

Although heartburn is more common in the latter portion of pregnancy, heartburn and early pregnancy is not unheard of. The raging hormones and odd cravings can often add up to heartburn trouble. So, how can a pregnant woman safely relieve her heartburn? There are certainly plenty of things she can try!

First off, since heartburn may plague you throughout your pregnancy, you may want to take some steps to avoid it altogether. Try avoiding specific foods that commonly cause heartburn, like garlic and highly acidic fruits like lemons and oranges. With all your cravings, you may even encounter some unusual triggers of your own. You may want to keep track of what you’re eating so that you know what exactly is causing your heartburn.

Second, try snacking more instead of gorging on huge meals. This will help your stomach process nutrients easier, and reduce the amount of acid present in your stomach at any one time.

Third, resist those midnight snack urges. Lying down right after eating is bad news when it comes to heartburn. It allows stomach acids to travel up into the esophagus which causes pain, irritation and damage over a long period of time. Try not to eat less than two hours before bed or nap time in order to allow food to pass completely out of your stomach, and eliminate the possibility of acids making their way north.

Fourth, try to relax as much as possible. Especially in the early months when there is so much excitement going on, relaxation can be difficult to achieve, however reducing stress is essential to having a healthy pregnancy. Not only can stress contribute to heartburn, but it can also play a part in high blood pressure and early deliveries, so calm down. Take a walk, join a yoga class, read a book, meditate, get a massage, just do something that will help you maintain your mental health, so that your physical health isn’t worsened by some outside factor that you’re worrying about.

What can you do if you’re already experiencing a fierce bout of heartburn but don’t want to harm the fetus by taking harsh medications to stem the pain? There are many natural remedies for heartburn you can try when you’re in any stage of your pregnancy, even the early months.

Probably the easiest way to literally wash heartburn away is by drinking a tall glass of water. This helps to flush your digestive system of extra acids and dilute any acids that remain, providing you with heartburn relief.

You can also try ginger. Whether you drink it in the form of tea, or eat it as candied ginger, it has helped many people get over all kinds of stomach ailments naturally, including heartburn.

Papaya is also helpful when dealing with the effects of heartburn. It harbors enzymes that help your body to break down food and make it more easily digestible. This prevents the buildup of acids and pressure that result in heartburn and indigestion pain.

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