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How to Relieve Heartburn During Pregnancy

Updated on February 21, 2018
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Madison is a stay-at-home mom and a freelance writer. She received her B.A. in English from BYU-Idaho and she enjoys crafting and baking.

Heartburn

Heartburn during pregnancy
Heartburn during pregnancy | Source

Why is Heartburn Such a Pain During Pregnancy?

This was my first question when I got into my third trimester, because honestly I have never had much of a problem with heartburn before then. Well this is the answer I found: during pregnancy your placenta actually produces a hormone (progesterone) which relaxes the muscles of your uterus and the valve that separates you esophagus from your stomach, which means all the gastric acids in your stomach are more likely to creep back up your esophagus which causes that nasty burning feeling.

Also, your digestion process is slower during pregnancy and the more your baby grows the more he or she will crowd your insides forcing the contents/acids in your stomach back into the esophagus which again cause heartburn.

Unfortunately, heartburn is just a part of pregnancy which means you either have to learn how to deal with it (find solutions) or try to ignore it… this second option does not work so I would suggest figuring out what you can do to make yourself feel better.

Pregnancy

Pregnancy
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5 Tips on How to Provide Pregnancy Related Heartburn Relief:

1. Peppermint Tums

2. Essential Oils

3. When, and How to Eat Your Food

4. Foods to avoid

5. Foods You can Actually Eat

Peppermint

Peppermint leaf
Peppermint leaf | Source

1. Peppermint Tums

You might be thinking “Oh right Tums the cure-all for tummy and heartburn relief, great tip! Not” But I am being completely honest right now when I say that not all Tums are created equal.

I know the first thing you think of when you see Tums is that nasty chalky taste that is left in your mouth when you are done eating them, you will still get that chalk taste, but different flavored Tums/antacids work for different people.

I went through the first half of my pregnancy using fruity flavored tums and they sort-of kind-of worked but I started hating the taste and they weren’t working enough for me to try them again once the bottle ran out. We went to the store to find something else and my husband actually found these awesome peppermint flavored Tums. Peppermint flavor/smell has helped me get through different parts of my pregnancy so I was really excited to try these out.

Maybe you like the fruity flavored Tums and those work for you, great! Keep it up. But if they don’t try the peppermint flavor, it’s like a mint that will actually go to work helping you feel better once it is eaten.

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2. Essential Oils


Certain essential oils and combinations of essential oils can really help to relieve heartburn.

  • Peppermint
    Peppermint, like I mentioned earlier can help with heartburn relief and the smell of it can actually help with morning sickness as well. I love peppermint!

  • DigestZen
    DigestZen is a combination of oils created by doTERRE that helps you to digest food and I have found it is great for relieving heartburn.

  • Breathe
    Breathe is another doTERRE oil combination that helps when your chest feels tight and constricted and you can’t breathe as well, these are some of the symptoms of heartburn so I have found that it is a great heartburn reliever.


If you want to be able to sleep at night without heartburn keeping you up, I suggest using the three oils listed above. I simply put a drop or two of each oil with a bit of lotion and rub the combination all over my chest and my rib cage.

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When to eat

When to eat food in order to avoid heartburn
When to eat food in order to avoid heartburn | Source

3. When, and How to Eat your Food

It might sound silly that you have to be told when and how to eat your food, and this How to Avoid Heartburn Tip is actually one of the hardest for me to follow, but learning when and how to eat your food can actually help you to avoid the pain of heartburn in the first place.

When: Most people in the U.S. eat three pretty large meals during the day: breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a few snacks in between. As a pregnant woman trying to avoid heartburn, you are going to want to try and eat many more small meals throughout the day as well as eating snacks in between. If you can do this, you may not even have to worry about tips for relieving heartburn because you won’t get it in the first place.

How: Again, you are an adult and being told how to eat your food is annoying… but these tips do work so if you want to avoid heartburn all together I would suggest giving them a try. This tip of eating your food simply involves taking your time. I know when you are hungry it is easy to gobble everything up in just a few bites, but taking it slowly can help you avoid heartburn pains later on.

4 Day Meal Plan Example

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Breakfast: Oatmeal
Breakfast: Cereal
Breakfast: Waffles
Breakfast: Yogurt with Fruit
Breakfast snack: Banana
Breakfast snack: Apple
Breakfast snack: Yogurt
Breakfast snack: Muffin
Lunch: Salad
Lunch: Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich
Lunch: Bagel Sandwich
Lunch: Tortilla with Meat and Cheese
Mid day Snack: Popsicle
Mid day Snack: Muffin
Mid day Snack: Honey Roasted Peanuts
Mid day Snack: Trail Mix
Dinner: Turkey Wraps
Dinner: Chicken 'n' Rice
Dinner: Salad
Dinner: Taco Soup
2nd Dinner/Snack: Popcorn
2nd Dinner/Snack: Salad
2nd Dinner/Snack: Sweet Potatoes
2nd Dinner/Snack: Veggies 'n' Ranch

Food to Avoid

Fried foods
Fried foods | Source

4. Foods to Avoid

I hate being told what I can and cannot eat, and I am not very good at sticking to what I know to be healthier for me, but going over the foods to avoid in order to get rid of heartburn may be the key in helping you with your heartburn so I am going to do it anyway. Here is a list of the types/kinds of foods you should avoid if you want heartburn to stay away:

  • Spicy Food
  • Fatty Food
  • Red Meat
  • Fried Foods (Yes, this includes French fries)
  • Citrus Fruit
  • Tomatoes
  • Oil
  • Chocolate
  • Caffeine

Foods to Eat

Bananas
Bananas | Source

5. Foods you can actually eat

Now that I have made you sad, going over the foods you cannot or should not eat, let’s go over the types/kinds of foods you can eat.

  • Oatmeal
  • Salad (Don’t include a lot of dressing or tomatoes)
  • Bananas
  • Chicken (Boiled, Baked, Grilled but never fried)
  • Turkey
  • Brown Rice
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli
  • Green Beans
  • Celery (pretty much all green vegetables)

Salad

Salad
Salad | Source

Experiment

The best advice I can give to anyone suffering in their third trimester of pregnancy is to experiment. Honestly, what works for one person might not work for another. What worked for me might not work for you. I know, the last thing you want to do when you are hurting and in a ton of pain is try a million different things and try to track what makes you feel better - but a lot of times it is the only way.

Try different things, see what works for you, then pass the word on to your fellow pregnant ladies!

Good luck!

Pregnancy
Pregnancy | Source

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    • Elizabeth Bowers profile image

      Elizabeth Wilson 

      4 years ago from Tennessee

      Thanks!

    • Madison Resare profile imageAUTHOR

      Maddi 

      4 years ago

      Thanks, I'm sorry it doesn't help you right now. I guess the only other things I have found to be helpful with heartburn are: not laying down when it is really bad, propping up my head if I have to lay down, and taking small sips of water.

    • Elizabeth Bowers profile image

      Elizabeth Wilson 

      4 years ago from Tennessee

      I'm not pregnant, but these are still really good tips. Unfortunately, I have access to like none of this stuff right now. But thank you so much for the great advice and I'll be sure to heed it in the future and make sure I always have some peppermint around just in case of heartburn! I never want to feel like this again! Thanks very much. Voted up and useful.

    • Madison Resare profile imageAUTHOR

      Maddi 

      4 years ago

      Thanks for your comment! I hope they help:)

    • stasis profile image

      stasis 

      4 years ago from US

      These are really good tips that I'm sure will be helpful. Thanks!

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