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.