Heartburn Help - Page 2
FWIW soda is really acidic, that's the thing that stuck out for me on your list as something I would stay completely away from. Most fruit is right out, too.
1. I think I have a hiatal hernia (where the stomach pushes up through the diaphragm) which I had last pregnancy too. I have a chiropractor who can correct it temporarily by physically pulling my stomach down with his hands. Sounds awful, I know, but it isn't too uncomfortable and it really works.
2. I made capsules from French green clay powder (food grade clay) and take 3 of them several times a day when I have heartburn. I suppose they work sort of like tums or pepto bismol.
3. I take my calcium supplement when it starts.
Increasing stomach acid when you are NOT having symptoms is actually a help, like taking digestive enzymes (like your papaya) or eating pineapple, etc.
Lemon water in the morning before eating or drinking anything else can also help get your stomach on the right track for the day.
I like the idea of plain (unsweetened) yogurt. I would recommend taking a tablespoon or two several times a day, like medicine, every day regardless of heartburn symptoms.
Hope some of that helps.
I'm hoping to avoid that this time and didn't realize some of the culprits until the end of my pregnancy.
So this time I've avoiding (at least as needed)
1)soda, juice and citrus fruits.
2)greasy fatty foods
3)sweets, sugar, candy, etc
Milk helps me a little, but it is really temporary relief. I've also found warm lemon water helps a little, for me it is more preventative than after the fact.
I also take a digestive enzyme with all of my meals which seems to be helping a lot.
wow, gotta majorly bump this thread.
I , too, am a heartburn sufferer, and at 15 weeks it is just starting.
I know it is only going to get worse and worse
I'm already up to 2-3 Tums per day.
I am at a loss! I don't eat fried foods ,but I have a lot of sugar in my diet. Starches like bread, pasta does it to me. I am lactose intolerant but am taking to drinking milk just for the relief. But then I have GI distress out the other end which my family doesn't appreciate. I really loathe the heartburn
Any tips are very welcome.
No one has said this yet, but acupressure wristbands really do help. They worked wonders for me with morning sickness (as well as altitude and motion sickness before becoming pregnant), and when I found out that the same pressure point applies to heartburn I was right on it. However, I don't always remember to have the wristbands near by, and aside from them nothing much has helped aside from not eating at all (which I'm thinking is not really recommended for pregnant women) . . . I eat a very healthy diet and drink plenty of water (and don't take antacids as they can aggravate the problem more in the long run), but it means little as stress seems to be my main trigger. Any emotional upsets (and there are some - hello, hormones) turn up the heat to extra high. I've had plenty a digestive problem in my day, but heartburn wasn't one of them until about midway through pregnancy - and holy cow ouch. Extremely unpleasant.
Anyway, the acupressure wristbands. That's my 5 cents. Nothing else works for me.
Someone just recommended raw, unpasteurized, organic apple cider vinegar to me and it is working WONDERS! I was afraid of the "unpasteurized" label at first, but was assured by multiple medical professionals that it is completely safe. I mix it with a little water and a little honey and down it right before going to bed. I haven't had a single issue since I started doing this. And I love this solution because there's no medication involved and ACV has lots of other great health benefits! Hope this helps someone.
I had terrible heartburn with each of my pregnancies, from the beginning. I took meds with the 2 girls and this last pregnancy I gave up grains and sugar the last 2 months and the heartburn went completely away.... no need for even papaya or tums. It was fabulous. Worth a try I would say. I think it was more the sugar than the grains though.