4 Safe Home Remedies For Heartburn During Pregnancy

Clinical review: Tatiana Zanin
Registered Dietitian
January 2022

Home remedies for heartburn during pregnancy aim to relieve discomfort and promote the woman’s wellbeing. The doctor or registered dietitian may recommend consuming an apple, pear, melon juice or specific teas to relieve symptoms and reduce stomach acid production.

These home remedies should not substitute treatment prescribed by the doctor. These will not completely cure heartburn, but rather, improve any related symptoms. Only after the birth of the baby will the heartburn resolve, as the heartburn is usually related to hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy. 

In addition, before trying any teas, it is important to consult your doctor or a health care professional specializing in medicinal plants, as some plants may be contraindicated during pregnancy. 

4 home remedies that are safe for the treatment of heartburn during pregnancy are:

1. Milk and dairy

Drinking milk, preferably skim, or eating dairy products, especially natural yogurt, can help relieve the discomfort caused by heartburn. Milk creates a thin barrier in the lining of the stomach, decreasing irritation and relieving the symptoms of heartburn.

2. Eating an apple or pear 

Both apples and pears are fruits that help to regulate the stomach's acidity, which helps relieve associated discomfort and malaise. You are advised to eat these fruits (with the peel) as soon as the first signs of heartburn appear.

3. Drinking or eating something cold 

Eating ice-cream or very cold milk or water helps with the discomfort caused by heartburn, making it a safe option to use during pregnancy.

4. Eating crackers

Crackers are also good for treating symptoms of heartburn during pregnancy. This type of food is able to absorb any excess acid in the stomach which may be causing heartburn.

Why it happens

Heartburn commonly occurs during pregnancy due to the hormonal changes that happen during this period. In addition, the baby's growth and development can compress the stomach, forcing stomach content to go back up the esophagus towards the mouth, leading to heartburn symptoms.

Heartburn during pregnancy can also be a result of diet. Therefore, avoiding fatty foods is advised, as well as foods with caffeine. You should also avoid drinking liquids during meals. In some cases, the doctor may also recommend and over-the-counter antacid, like Tums, to help with heartburn.

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Atualizado por Tua Saude editing team, em January de 2022. Clinical review por Tatiana Zanin - Registered Dietitian, em January de 2022.

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Clinical review:
Tatiana Zanin
Registered Dietitian
Graduated in Clinical Nutrition in 2001 and has a Master’s in Clinical Nutrition. Licensed to practice under the CRN-3 in Brazil and the ON in Portugal