You just ate your favorite snack and yup, here she comes again. That rude heartburn calamity is just making her way into your life uninvited, again!
Oh, how sexy is that feeling mama? I feel your pain.
The lucky ladies who have never suffered from heartburn, even while pregnant, you can move on past this nugget of knowledge or continue reading to help out your BFF. According to health.com, the reason we suffer from heartburn is this:
“…progesterone, a hormone that relaxes muscles in pregnancy, also relaxes the stomach valve that keeps acid out of the esophagus. In addition, the growing uterus crowds the stomach, forcing acid into the esophagus.”
Not only is your body creating more of a hormone that relaxes your stomach muscles, but if you have more than one babe growing in your womb, a large babe, or a breech whose head is pressing on things, chances are your heartburn is worse.
Some women are more prone to heartburn than others, and if you are just extra lucky, you might not have to deal with this at all.
I did have some girlfriends who never had to deal with heartburn. On the flip side, they had awful morning sickness, which I never had. All pregnancies are different and the timing and capacity of all these body changes during pregnancy totally varies.
Hold the Lemon … and Spice
My mom used to tell me not to eat acidic or spicy food; including fried or fatty foods while or just shortly after a stomach ache. The same goes for trying to avoid heartburn. Don’t give your stomach something to ignite the fire and try keeping your intake and food choices mellow by avoiding citrus or spice based foods.
Just Say No to Seconds
When pregnancy hunger kicks in it can attack like a beast, but if your stomach hasn’t grown in size, there is no need to eat a ton of extra food like it has.
Also, chewing your food slowly and eating slower overall will allow you to feel the weight of what you are eating. If you eat smaller more rational amounts per sitting, you won’t have a beyond full belly after a meal, and extra cargo to digest causing flare up.
Sipping on water all day and in between meals will not only keep you hydrated but it will help you avoid taking up too much of your stomach’s space by chugging sporadic full glasses.
It can also help to drink less during meals. Just keep your water bottle handy and sip, don’t gulp.