Extinguishing Pregnancy Heartburn
Six common questions answered
Do certain foods cause heartburn?
If you are experiencing heartburn, Dr. Nardone advises avoiding spicy and greasy foods. Additionally, Erick recommends keeping a food journal to help determine your heartburn triggers. Record the date, time, what and how much you ate, and when and where you started noticing heartburn pain. Use this information to avoid foods that give you problems.
Go over your journal with your OB-GYN or midwife if the heartburn becomes a concern. Certain sensations that seem like heartburn may indicate more serious problems.
Are there any foods that will prevent heartburn?
While no food will keep you from having heartburn, certain foods and drinks may relieve symptoms. Bland foods such as salty crackers may ease an upset stomach and are more easily digested than other foods. Milk, an acid neutralizer, can soothe your stomach by decreasing acid levels.
What over-the-counter heartburn medications are safe during pregnancy?
“Most antacids are fine during pregnancy,” says Dr. Nardone, though she suggests drinking a glass of milk before taking an antacid to see if symptoms subside. Erick points out that antacids can be counter-productive. “Acid is needed to digest food, so neutralizing the acid can result in the generation of more acid.”
You should consult with your OB-GYN or midwife before taking any over-the-counter medication. If your heartburn persists, your healthcare provider may give you a prescription medication.
Is there hope for heartburn relief?
Yes. Normally, heartburn in pregnancy is nothing more than a nuisance. “Your symptoms should subside within a couple of weeks after your baby’s birth,” reassures Dr. Nardone.
You may also take comfort in the old wives’ tale—if you have heartburn during pregnancy, your baby will come out with a full head of hair!
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