As a long time reflux sufferer, I, personally am beyond natural measures and take a prescription med for it. Although, even with the prescription, now that I'm in my third trimester, having a little person push up on my stomach is still causing reflux. I take Tums when I need it (I find the smooth dissolve Tums leave a less awful aftertaste in my mouth in the morning than the regular tums) and that seems to be keeping the reflux in check for now. A "natural" solution that does seem to help is elevate your head and to lay on your right side. Anatomically, your esophagus goes straight down and into your stomach curves to the right drains into your duodenum on your right side.
Laying on the right side seems to help keep the acid down into the stomach and allows it to move more easily toward the duodenum/ small intestine. Anecdotally, on bad nights, I can immediately feel more reflux when I roll on to my left side. Anyway, just a little thing to try along with other measures to help.
In other news: Does pushing a box spring up the stairs yourself and staying up until two AM two nights in a row assembling bookshelves just to get the blankety-blank house in order count as nesting
Okay... in my defense, my dad and his wife were coming up here for dinner last night for the first time and to celebrate his birthday and I wanted the house to be not the perpetual pit of chaos is has been since we moved in.
Oh... and I forgot to give my happy update from last week's midwife appointment-- they could finally tell that the baby is in fact heads down, so yay! My midwife did the external palpation to feel baby's position and said she *thought* he was head down, but would be able to confirm it if I was okay doing a vaginal exam (the other option was a U/S). Since we were doing the GBS swab anyway, I said to go ahead and do a vaginal exam. She did and immediately said-- "that is definitely a bony little head I'm feeling!"
I can't believe I'll be 37 weeks in 2 days!
I am definitely at the "Anytime you want to come after Tuesday is fine with me!" stage. I mean, I am having a baby shower next Saturday, so after that would probably be the best, but the hip and pelvic pain (especially the last three days when I have been tornado-ing around the house trying to get it organized and cleaned up) have been awful. And, after the two nights of assembling bookshelves (doesn't ANY furniture come in one piece anymore?!) I've been having carpal tunnel problems on and off (fingers going numb). Speaking of which, I should probably stop typing