Easy tips for relief from heartburn during pregnancy
Looking for relief from heartburn during pregnancy? Here are some points you need to remember
More than 50% of all pregnant women suffer from heartburn (or acid reflux) during some point of their nine-month journey. Heartburn during pregnancy is normal and even harmless, but rather uncomfortable. Mumbai-based dietician Charmi Gala, gives us some solid tips to avoid going into the discomfort zone.
- Have small, frequent meals. Eat several small meals throughout the day rather than just three big ones - breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
- Do not overeat. A very full stomach is the best invitation to heartburn during pregnancy. It can cause the valve between your stomach and esophagus to relax (a process accelerated during pregnancy due to the production of progesterone), pushing stomach acids back up into the oesophagus.
- Ensure that you eat early dinners. Chew your food. Gulping is not an option.
- Avoid oily, fatty, spicy and caffeinated intake. That means all fatty red meat, French fries (and other fried foods), butter, chocolate, aerated water, coffee and tea are off your menu.
- Don’t wear tight clothing. Now is not the time for those fitted denims. Tight clothing around the belly can push the acid into the oesophagus.
- Sleep with your head and shoulders propped up with a wedge pillow. While this may not reduce the frequency of heartburn during pregnancy, it will certainly help drain the acid quickly.
- Although antacids provide immediate relief, do not fall into the trap of daily use.
- Milk or milk products like ice creams only provide immediate relief. They are not beneficial in the long term.
- Eating a fruit when you are experiencing heartburn is very beneficial because fruits have high potassium content and hence are alkaline. Even citrus fruits, like oranges, are helpful.