Preventing Heartburn and Reflux in Pregnancy

Heartburn and reflux are common complaints during pregnancy, often due to hormonal changes or the growing baby pushing up on mom’s stomach and esophagus. Thankfully, you don’t have to suffer — or resort to risky over-the-counter medications.

Here are a few safe, natural remedies that work for most pregnant women:

  • Work on eating smaller meals spaced throughout the day rather than a few larger meals. Having a full stomach can cause the valve between your stomach and esophagus to relax, which will push stomach acids up into your esophagus.
  • Stay away from trigger foods. Some of the most common foods that contribute to heartburn and reflux are chocolate, coffee, tomatoes, spicy and greasy foods, onions, and citrus.
  • Take a digestive enzyme before meals to help break down what you eat. A broad spectrum enzyme is key, since it can break down carbs, protein, and fat. When food is broken down into smaller pieces, it will be easier to digest, which reduces reflux.
  • Add apple cider vinegar to your routine! Take a teaspoon of ACV with water after your meal. If the taste is too strong, you can add some lemon juice. ACV works to raise stomach acid levels, which might seem counterproductive for acid reflux, but is actually powerful in reducing it!
  • Sip on lemon water, which will increase bile and digestive juices.
  • Drink coconut water throughout the day. Coconut neutralizes stomach acid and balances overall pH levels in the body for women who get heartburn more consistently.
  • Come in for an adjustment! If your mid-back is misaligned, you might feel more heartburn and reflux symptoms. Remove that irritation in the spine can help optimize digestion, helping you feel your best!

Ready to schedule an adjustment and kick your heartburn to the curb? Just click here to get started. We’d be happy to help you feel your best!

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