Pregnancy is such a beautiful journey. Witnessing your baby grow inside of you as your body changes is something any expecting woman will enjoy.
But the heartburn and indigestion that unfortunately comes along with it?
Not so much.
The not-so-good part during second trimester
As you may have heard, second trimester is pure bliss.
It’s the months when your body finally adjusts to all the pregnancy hormones, you get that ‘glow‘ everyone raves about, and the energy you once had finally returns.
Unfortunately, though, there are women who don’t have it all good like everyone claims they will.
Reminiscing on the night I stayed up until 4am because I was suffering from the most terrible heartburn ever let me know I am definitely included in that 8.
But no worries, after much research and experimenting, I have found a few things which has helped me prevent and relieve heartburn and indigestion naturally.
And not to toot my own horn, but I haven’t experienced any discomfort since that dreadful night weeks ago.
What doesn’t work
Before I get into all the good stuff, let’s first run down the list of things to avoid;
- Eating heavy meals
- Fried and fatty foods
- Lying down immediately after eating
- Meals that are spicy
If you plan on steering clear of discomfort, it is best to avoid doing any of the things listed above.
I find it comical how I already knew what not to do to keep from getting heartburn or indigestion, yet somehow, I believed I was excused from actually doing them.
Don’t be like me; I beg you.
3 Natural ways to find relief
BE MINDFUL OF WHEN YOU EAT AND WHAT YOU DO AFTERWARDS
The worst thing any pregnant woman can do is eat and lie down.
Your growing uterus is pushing all of your organs upwards, so yes, your food gets pushed up as well.
Your uterus crowds the stomach and forces acid from the food you eat into your esophagus which gives you symptoms of a heartburn.
Try doing this instead: Avoid eating dinner too close to bedtime. Move dinnertime 2 hours up to give your food time to digest before lying down.
EAT A BANANA, WHY DON’T YA’
Bananas are good on any day, but it is especially beneficial when it comes to indigestion and heart burn.
I’ve tested and tried this method; it’s the real deal. So keep your hopes up and continue reading.
Bananas are naturally high in potassium and the fact that it has a pH level of 5.29 comes in handy with raising the pH of your stomach contents, reduces acid levels, and coats your stomach lining to protect it from those pesky acids.
In short – if that was too confusing for you – bananas are a natural antacid.
Remember that night I suffered until 4am?
Well… I ate a banana that night and received almost immediate relief.
Now I eat a banana every day just to keep things in order.
Didn’t I tell you it was the real deal?
- “ALL THE THINGS THAT ARE WHITE ARE NOT MILK”
Like bananas, milk is also a natural antacid with a pH of 6.5.
In my case (and opinion), drinking milk and eating a banana are a perfect combo to combat heartburn/indigestion.
But BEWARE; the type of milk you drink is crucial.
Certain milk – think whole milk and powdered milk – are rich in fat and can delay stomach emptying which results in heartburn.
Try doing this instead: If you wish to drink milk as a natural relief method, go with unsweetened almond milk. It’s free of cholesterol, saturated fat, and is lactose free.
It’s a bit pricey (this is the brand I buy) but worth every penny because the stuff actually works!
Need something more?
If you have tried the above tips to no avail, this medicine was a lifesaver for me!
It’s inexpensive, safe during pregnancy, and does what it says it will.
But, as always, please make sure you run it by your doctor or midwife to make sure it’s okay for you specifically.
And speaking of doctors; if you have been experiencing heartburn or indigestion for more than 2 weeks, along with trouble swallowing, hoarseness, or any other unwanted symptoms, please make an appointment with your doctor to get things checked out.
I hope these natural tips (or medicine) helps you.
If it did, let us know in the comments below!
Do you have your own natural relief method for heartburn or indigestion? Join in on the conversation below!