Dear Aunty Tina, Ever since my 5th month of pregnancy my biggest concern has been my pregnancy heartburn. Is there anything I can do to relieve this?
Heartburn is common during pregnancy and although it can be uncomfortable, it is generally harmless. Heartburn, or acid reflux is mainly caused by hormonal changes, which relaxes the valve that separates the esophagus from the stomach, allowing gastric acids to seep back up. Progesterone also slows down digestion, and your growing baby can crowd your abdominal cavity, which then pushes stomach acid back up. Although you may not be able to prevent it entirely, you can do numerous things to help relieve it.
I would recommend eating 6 small meals a day, rather than three larger ones, so as not to overcrowd your stomach. You can take a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar a day, which will help neutralize the stomach acid or use baking soda. If you dissolve a teaspoon of baking soda in 8 ounces of water, it can neutralize acid and temporarily alleviate heartburn caused by your acid reflux. Drinking Keifer (the live probiotics help support a healthy digestive system) may also help, and Aloe Vera Juice can help soothe an irritated esophagus. There are also foods you can avoid such as onions, chocolate, caffeinated beverages like coffee, soda, citrus fruits or juices, tomatoes, or high-fat foods.