Pregnancy and Heartburn

They say that if a pregnant mom to be suffers from heartburn during her pregnancy, her baby will have a lot of hair. Given the amount of heartburn I have had this pregnancy, this baby should pop out with as much hair as Rapunzel. Looks like I’ll be taking my husband’s clippers along with me to the hospital so I can give baby Gage his first haircut. That, or he really may be the sixth Vinez monkey!

I suffered from heartburn during pregnancy with Parker as well, just not as bad as this time around. Parker wasn’t born with much hair, so I’m thinking those Old Wives didn’t really know what they were talking about.

I wanted to give those of you who may be suffering from heartburn during pregnancy a few tips on how to help combat it. I hope they help you out some, and bring you some relief.

  • I’ve always been told to drink a glass of milk to help combat heartburn during pregnancy. However, for me, dairy actually aggrivates my heartburn and can make it a million times worse. I try to avoid dairy products, especially at night. (That means no late night bowls of ice cream. Bummer.)
  • Other foods can affect heartburn as well: fatty foods, fried foods, spicy foods, and even chocolate. Try to avoid these, especially close to bed time.
  • Soda is also a major trigger for heartburn. Avoid it, and you’ll notice a difference right away.
  • Don’t eat less than 2 hours before going to bed. This is a hard one for me, since hubby doesn’t get home until 8 or 9 o’clock most nights, and he likes me to eat dinner with him. But on the nights I do eat right before bed, I am up most of the night suffering.
  • Eat smaller meals. This really does help. Instead of eating 3 large meals, (or regular sized meals), during the day, try to eat 5 – 6 small meals throughout the day. You can get your dairy in early in the day, and then you won’t be suffering through the night.
  • Keep Tums and Rolaids on hand at all times. These are a great way to get in some extra calcium, and they’ll help alleviate the heartburn too. Just be careful not to take any medicines that contain sodium or sodium bicarbonate while pregnant. If you’re not sure if the medicine is safe to take in pregnancy, ask your doctor. That’s what they’re there for!
  • If the heartburn becomes too much to take, talk to your doctor about it. My doctor put me on a prescription Tagamet, and it’s really helped make a ton of difference. Your doctor will know what is safe to take, and they should always be your first place to turn.

The good news is, the awful heartburn should go away as soon as your baby is born. (Unless you already had a problem with it before pregnancy!) Just don’t head to your local greasy diner to celebrate, or the heartburn may rear its ugly head again!

If you have tips for combatting heartburn during pregnancy, I’d love to have you leave them here in the comments below.