Ever felt a deep, intimate connection with a circus performer? Pregnant women all around the world have. The best way to understand the severe heartburn and acid reflux that accompanies pregnancy is to look at a man eating fire. Although, there's nothing entertaining about heartburn during pregnancy.
Most pregnant women are watching their diet, trying to stay healthy, and keeping away from things that might harm their baby. It's understandable that many shy away from prescription and over-the-counter heartburn medications, especially when medical recommendations seem to change on a daily basis. Here are five natural remedies to keep the fire at bay:
1) Ginger tea
Grate a teaspoon of ginger, and stir it into a cup of hot water. Steep for two minutes, then strain.
Use this in moderation; too much ginger can cause contractions.
2) Milk or yogurt
Just a cup of warm milk will do wonders, but any milk or yogurt product helps with soothing heartburn.
3) Lemon water
Squeeze one or two lemons into a cup of water. Add sweetener if desired. You can leave this cold or warm it up, depending on whether you prefer lemonade or hot lemon tea.
Lemon juice contains potassium which helps to neutralize the stomach, and also creates calcium carbonate which neutralizes digestive acids.
4) Plain water
Drinking a lot of water all at once is actually a common cause of heartburn. It's much more effective to sip small amounts consistently throughout the day. This helps hydrate the body while keeping things moving through the digestive tract.
5) Aloe vera (applied topically)
Apply the gel (which can be squeezed from the plant's leaves or bought at most health food stores) to the chest and throat. Aloe vera has anti-inflammatory properties, which help to reduce acid reflux symptoms.