HEARTBURN IN PREGNANCY
WHY DO WE GET IT AND HOW CAN WE GET RID OF IT?
The old wives tale says if you get heartburn during pregnancy, you're going to have a hairy baby. Mine was so bad I was expecting my son to come out looking like this little fella.
Ooof it was bad!
But, do you know why you are more susceptible during pregnancy?
Your body is very busy producing extra hormones to relax the muscles and allow you baby room to grow (it's clever like that).
Unfortunately, ALL the muscles relax. This includes the little valve at the entrance of the stomach meaning your stomach acid can ruse up and back into the base of the oesophagus, causing acid reflux or heartburn.
The relaxey hormones also mean it's harder for food to move along the digestive system. What with this and your growing uterus putting pressure on your stomach, it's likely you will suffer with heartburn at some point during your pregnancy.
BUT, it's not all bad...
Heartburn might be a right pain for you, but it's actually doing your growing baby a favour.
Because food takes longer to get from one end of the digestive system to the other, the body has more time to extract more nutrients from your intake and pass them on to your little bubba. (Feel free to tell them when they are older what you went through to make sure they were getting everything they needed in the womb).
There are a few simple ways to help reduce the effects of heartburn:
Avoid spicy, fatty or very rich foods
Keep caffeine to a minimum or cut it out completely if you can
Reduce the amount of acidic citrus juice you drink
Cut out or at least cut down on chocolate (I know! I know! I'm laughing at this too)
Drink a pint of water before eating to aid digestion
Prop yourself up with an extra pillow or two at night so gravity can do it's thing
Speak to your GP for a free prescription of antacid gloop.
Heartburn is quite literally a pain, but with these few tweaks to your diet, you can certainly make things a bit easier. You'll forget all about it once you are holding that little (hairy) bundle of joy