Back pain, itchy skin, fatigue, sweating, sleep problems, weight gain. Pregnancy can be a lot of fun (not!).
Heartburn is a common symptom that women can experience during pregnancy. Many women experience heartburn during the first and last three months of pregnancy.
Guest blogger, Emily Pham from Beauty Talk Magazine, discusses natural remedies for heartburn during pregnancy.
5 natural remedies for heartburn during pregnancy
Heartburn, also known as acid reflux, occurs in the majority of pregnant women due to hormonal changes during pregnancy. In addition to feeling sour and bitter in the mouth, pregnant mothers with heartburn also feel burning in the lower chest and throat.
Heartburn during pregnancy occurs primarily due to a sudden increase in the progesterone hormone, which relaxes the muscles of the uterus to make room for baby. All that stretching can also cause the gastric valve to dilate, causing stomach acid to overflow, resulting in a burning sensation.
1. Eat small meals often
Maintaining a healthy diet will help prevent heartburn during pregnancy. Eating small, frequent meals can help prevent your tummy from becoming too full. Instead of 3 meals a day, try splitting them into 6 small meals a day, and eat until you feel nearly full. Your stomach will digest these small meals more easily.
2. Drink fresh coconut water
Coconut water is a natural acid neutraliser and can help prevent the tell-tale burning we associate with heartburn.
3. Add apple cider vinegar to your diet
Apple cider vinegar can help reduce acid secretion, stimulate digestion and help reduce heartburn. Find out more about the best ways to incorporate apple cider vinegar into your diet here.
4. Try milk and honey
By mixing some honey into a cup of warm milk, you’ve got a drink that helps with insomnia and a noticeable decrease in heartburn.
5. Try a handful of almonds
The oils found in almonds are thought to naturally neutralise acid in the stomach and soothe the symptoms of heartburn. Almonds are also rich in calcium, protein, and folic acid.
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