Most women can manage the usual discomforts of pregnancy, but the constant burning sensation of heartburn is unbearable for many women. Most women do not know that heartburn and acid reflux occurs in about 50% of pregnant women. This article will discuss how to relieve and manage heartburn during pregnancy.
Heartburn generally starts in the third trimester, but it can start earlier especially if you were already suffering from heartburn prior to being pregnant.
The primary cause of heartburn occurs when the LES (Lower Esophageal Sphincter) a tiny muscle meant to keep stomach acid where it belongs, allows the stomach’s contents to back up into the esophagus causing a burning sensation in the upper chest and throat.
Your best course of action will be to make a few lifestyle changes that will reduce the chances that stomach acid will flow back up into your esophagus and keep your heartburn under control.
½ Head Spinach
½ Bunch of Kale
2 ounces of purified Aloe Vera juice
½ Cup Apple Juice
1 Cup fresh strawberries
1 Cup plain Greek yogurt
1 tsp of Manuka Honey
1 cup Ice
Combine all your ingredients in a blender with several ice cubes to thicken.
Blend on High till blended
*Makes two to three servings.
Heartburn is caused by not having sufficient hydrochloric acid in your stomach to initiate the release of Pepsin and to digest your food. Taking so-called heartburn or acid reflux medication actually makes matters worse by further reducing stomach acid and increasing the length of time it takes to digest your food.
Antacid medication will give instant relief, but the heartburn will continue to occur and will sometimes be worse than before.
Only as a last resort should you take any type of antacid medication and then only as directed by your doctor. The same goes for baking soda.
To summarize, prevention is your best bet to avoid heartburn during your pregnancy.
The information contained here does not constitute medical advice and is not meant to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure disease. Please contact your doctor. The information provided is for informational purposes only and are solely the views of the author.