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Heartburn Remedies for the Expecting Mom

Mar 9, 2008
During pregnancy a woman's body will experience many changes, several of which may cause frequent heartburn. Whether or not you've ever had it before, you will most likely suffer from it while pregnant.

The hormone progesterone is produced by the placenta during pregnancy and relaxes uterine muscles. It also relaxes the valve separating the stomach from the esophagus, which allows stomach acids to seep back up.

During digestion, the intestines and esophagus are contracting. These contractions are reduced by progesterone which slows down the digestive process. The growing baby crowding the abdomen also causes acids to be pushed back up through the esophagus.

Heartburn remedies can be achieved through simple changes in diet such as avoiding foods that are known to promote heartburn. Examples are spicy and highly seasoned foods. Also, avoiding foods that contain a lot of acids like citrus fruits, tomato products and even mustard can help.

Another suggested remedy is to eat several small meals each day, instead of larger meals. Everyone knows that alcohol should be avoided during pregnancy for the health of the baby, but both the consumption of alcohol and caffeine are prone to cause heartburn.

Natural heartburn remedies can be found through changes to your food and drink intake. After that, if you're still experiencing heartburn there are some over the counter medications that will help with heartburn relief.

Quick relief can be found in chewable antacids which often work very well. The liquid forms of antacids will also work, but the addition of anything to the stomach causes it to make even more digestive acids so the results aren't guaranteed.

Antacids that contain aluminium aren't the best choice, especially if your pregnant. Many women suffer from constipation during pregnancy and aluminium in large doses not only causes constipation, but it also can be toxic.

Also, when choosing heartburn remedies, never take any that have sodium bicarbonate or aspirin. Most women suffer with swelling during pregnancy and sodium bicarbonate will greatly add to that symptom.

If you can't seem to find heartburn relief with any of the remedies you've tried, you should consult your doctor. And, don't forget that even though these are just medications for heartburn, they are still drugs and the recommended dosages should not be exceeded.
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