Heartburn is of the devil.
All six of my pregnancies were lovely. I enjoyed having a round belly, having glowing skin and feeling special and loved by my husband. But the absolute worst part about being pregnant had to be…heartburn.
The burping, the feeling of hot acid rising up in my chest, the nasty taste in my mouth — it was all torture. I can’t even count how many times I almost puked in my sleep. Ugh. It started happening every night, what with all the lugging around of a baby in my loins. The heartburn would kick in and it felt like a volcano was in my throat.
I would chug-a-lug mint-flavored Mylanta like it was nobody’s business. The same with the handfuls of chalky antacid pills that would make me gag when I swallowed them down. I really wanted to find a natural remedy to take care of my heartburn since I needed relief so frequently. My secret? Pineapple. When I couldn’t get it fresh, I swore by bags of frozen pineapple tidbits from Trader Joe’s. Pineapple contains bromelain, which is an enzyme that helps control levels of hydrochloric acid in your stomach.
I spent many a night, standing in front of the freezer in my underwear, scarfing down frozen pineapple. It helped, thank goodness.
Here are nine natural remedies you can use to treat your heartburn and they are all safe to use during pregnancy.
Raw almonds: When eaten raw, these little crunchy guys can help get rid of heartburn due to their high oil content which soothes and neutralizes stomach acid.
Aloe vera juice: Make sure you find the aloe vera juice that is meant for internal use. The gel from the aloe vera plant tastes vile!
Coconut: Coconut water is a natural acid neutralizer. Coconut water can bring quick, soothing relief.
Fennel seed: Add 2 tsp. of fennel seeds into a cup of boiling water. Allow to steep for 10 minutes. Strain, sweeten (if desired), and drink.
Apple cider vinegar: Although it tastes nasty, the acid content in apple cider vinegar tells the stomach to stop producing more acid, and stops heartburn in its tracks.