Pregnancy can bring you into some pretty rough territory, especially in the last trimester. Not only does it get harder to sleep, but the heartburn you get can make it difficult to eat, too. Heartburn during pregnancy can be consistent and hard to treat, but despite your frustration, there are certain things to avoid if you have heartburn during pregnancy, including certain remedies and foods. (I know. Just add it to the list.)
First, it’s important to understand why heartburn is so common during pregnancy. According to the American Pregnancy Association (APA), the increased levels of progesterone in your system during pregnancy can cause the valve responsible for regulating stomach acid to relax. When the valve relaxes, the article noted, acids from your stomach come back up into your esophagus, causing you to feel that burning sensation. (Or, if you believe the old wives' tales, it's just that your baby's going to be born with a head full of hair.)
It's mighty uncomfortable, but with a few lifestyle changes and tweaks, you can reduce your heartburn symptoms. If your heartburn is becoming unmanageable, talk to your doctor about what will work best for you. In the meantime, try to avoid these five things, because they could make your situation worse.