Pregnant or not, heartburn is no joke. They should call it more like lava burning chest syndrome. It’s plain awful. I have never had heartburn so severely until I was about 30 weeks pregnant with my first child. And now, it’s back. I refuse to take any medication because I feel uncomfortable taking prescription drugs while pregnant. I usually turn to ginger capsules, but this time around my midwife mentioned a different remedy that can help relief heartburn and make sleeping come easier.
Eliminate Acidic Foods
Heartburn is an irritation of the esophagus that is caused by stomach acid. This can create a burning discomfort in the upper abdomen or below the breast bone. When we eat foods that are acidic, this can make the problem worse.
- Low-fat yogurt
- Whole milk
- Lentils, boiled
- White bread
- Whole-wheat cooked spaghetti
- Plain bagel
- Peanuts, dry-roasted
- Hot dog
- Lean beef
- Whole egg, hard boiled
- Brown rice
- Cooked salmon
- White canned tuna fish
- Canned sardines
- Cooked turkey bacon
- American/cheddar cheese
- Parmesan cheese (most acid-producing)
For me, I suffer the most when I am lying down and ready for bed, so I try to eliminate all acidic foods a few hours before bed. Watching my husband enjoy his night time feeding of cookies and cream ice cream has been quite painful. He loves his ice cream. Even if his very pregnant wife is glaring him down from afar.
The first remedy I want to mention is ginger. Ginger is known to have some anti-nausea and anti-inflammatory properties. Ginger also promotes smooth intestinal movement and helps in a proper digestion process. These properties ensure that ginger helps in relieving acid reflux.
Researchers have been investigating the efficacy of ginger to treat acid reflux. Some of the researches have shown:
- Ginger can lessen acid reflux by absorbing stomach acid.
- Ginger also improves normal function of intestine.
- The herb can also relax the muscle spasms related with colic and diarrhea, and it soothes the digestive tract.
- Ginger aids a better digestion by increasing the amount of saliva and gastric secretion. It also contains a high amount of digestive enzymes that helps in digestion and prevents the occurrence of acid reflux.
There are many ways to use ginger to help alleviate heartburn symptoms. You can sip on ginger tea, grate fresh ginger and add it to meals, make ginger candies, or take ginger capsules. My personal favorite is ginger capsules because they are the easiest. I love ginger candies too! Here is a great link with some wonderful recipes.
Many doctors suggest the intake of 1000 mg of either powdered or capsuled ginger everyday will help the people those who are suffering from acid reflux attacks and helps them to get control over acid attacks on their intestinal tract. Regular intake of ginger pills or capsules immediately after dinner is a good option for treating acid reflux. You can purchase capsules at Whole Foods or a local health store.
This recommended amount of ginger is 4 grams per day for adults and this can be used in any forms that include ginger cookies, candies, ale, herbal tea, in dried capsule form or as liquid extract like tincture, juice, etc. to cure heartburn. More than this intake of ginger might trigger heartburn and acid reflux.
Bluebonnet Liquid Calcium Magnesium
Magnesium is essential for the functioning of more than 300 different enzymes in the body, particularly those that produce, transport, store, and utilize energy. My midwife told me to start taking this before bed and I am amazed by the results! Not only is magnesium helpful for promoting healthy sleep, during the third trimester of pregnancy your body needs all the calcium it can get!
Magnesium and calcium work together, but magnesium may actually play a more important role. It controls the entry of calcium into each and every cell, a physiological event that occurs every time a nerve cell fires! When it comes to building healthy bones, magnesium is as important as calcium and vitamin D are! Without adequate magnesium, too much calcium gets inside the cell. This causes cramping and constrictions in ways you might never consider. This has also helped with preventing cramping in my calves, which I only get when I am pregnant.
I use Bluebonnet liquid form. You can buy this at Whole Foods or online.
To sum everything up,
Heartburn sucks. Try these remedies and you will be heartburn free!