Can anyone recommend some natural remedies for heartburn, or some strategies for dealing with it, or foods to eat/avoid to minimize it? I'm at 22 weeks and the heartburn is unrelenting. It's like torture! Any help appreciated.
mama to H. 4/05 and A. 9/08 and baby C. 10/11
I'm sorry you feel lousy... I remember that feeling all too well, and it stinks!!
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Sorry you're suffering! Some ideas: yogurt before bed; sleeping semi-upright; TUMS; aloe vera juice; digestive enzymes; avoiding triggers like spicy, gassy, and acidic foods (coffee, tomatoes, peppers, onions, garlic, broccoli, beans, etc), not drinking with your meals (but definitely between them), and waiting until the baby drops (that sucks, I know).
Mama to Avalon 1/07 , Austin 1/10 in between and Avery 12/11
Earlier in pregnancy (I'm 33wks now) I was having a lot of success with a shot of apple cider vinegar diluted in some water. Now, I finally had to break down and use Zantac (at my OB's recommendation). Since using the Zantac, I have had COMPLETE relief from heartburn. It's heavenly.
I had to break down and do a week of Prilosec. My heartburn was so bad that I couldn't eat or drink hardly anything and that wasn't good for the baby either.
Annie wife v2.0 to DH and joyfully parenting DSS 18 , DSD 15 , DSD 14 , DSS 12and heart hero DD 2. 8/2010
Papaya enzymes for sure! I'm 34 weeks right now and heartburn is a frequent companion of mine and I can eat the enzymes as needed without worrying about too much calcium or aluminum. They aid digestion too whereas antacids stop the entire process.
I found that specifically the Papaya Enzymes Plus "After Meal Supplement" by American Health was more helpful than just regular papaya enzymes were for me. If you can find those, I recommend them. And I don't feel bad popping them like Tums. But if I really need it, I have used Tums. Also, a slurp of almond milk has been helpful too. I'm not sure why that works, but it has been helpful for me before bed. Also, not eating during the 2-3 hours before bed helps too, and sleeping with 3 or 4 pillows to elevate helps. Good luck!!!