Heartburn is never fun. And, unfortunately, it is likely that most women will experience heartburn to some degree or another during their pregnancy. For the woman who is pregnant, heartburn can be especially frustrating. Hormonal changes that take place in a woman’s body, combined with the crowding of internal organs that happens as a baby grows. Many of the medicinal treatments that are available for heartburn have not sufficiently been tested for use by pregnant women. In addition, some heartburn medications tend to have side effects that a woman may not wish to endure. Fortunately, there are ways to go about dealing with heartburn naturally, without having to turn to potentially harmful medications.
The best way to deal with heartburn naturally is, quite frankly, to avoid heartburn if at all possible. This means keeping away from acidic foods such as tomatoes or juices, avoiding spicy foods or fatty foods, and keeping caffeine to a minimum may all help. Eating several small snacks and meals through the day instead of 3 larger meals may help with heartburn, because it will help your stomach from being too full. In addition, eating several smaller meals will keep you from feeling too hungry or too full, which can also help with morning sickness.
There are other ways to go about dealing with heartburn naturally, as well. There are a variety of herbal teas, for example, that can be used. These teas might include things like spearmint, orange peel, chamomile, and even marshmallow root. These herbs are all thought to help quell stomach acid. In addition to teas, there are also herbal supplements that contain some of these ingredients that may help with heartburn during pregnancy, as well. There are even supplements that are designed not only to deal with heartburn naturally, but to do it in such a way that it may help with other pregnancy ailments, such as morning sickness. As always, you should consult with your health care provider if you are pregnant or nursing and have concerns about the specific herbs that are used in these remedies.