9 Ways To Cure Heartburn During Pregnancy, Because Enough Is Enough

Ad failed to load

Most people would expect pregnancy to entail some backaches and nausea, but the full reality of growing a new baby can be a lot to face. For instance, you may need some ways to cure heartburn during pregnancy, just in case you start to feel the acid burn.

Why does heartburn so often occur at this inopportune time? You can thank those pregnancy hormones. According to Baby Center, the hormone progesterone helps your uterus relax, but it also loosens up the valve between your stomach and esophagus. This means those acids in your stomach have an easier time creeping up into the chest, producing an awful burning sensation.

Oh, and to make matters worse, pregnancy can limit your options for treatment and medication. Hey, pregnancy body: can't you just play nice for a while? The whole baby-growing process is enough work on its own.

Ad failed to load

Fortunately, there are many lifestyle changes you can make to lessen the effects of pregnancy heartburn. Sometimes this involves choosing blander food options — the extra spicy fried chicken may not be your best friend right now. Other options are even easier, such as wearing loose-fitting clothing. In general, there are many tactics that can help you weather the worst of heartburn.

Ad failed to load

1Avoid Tight Clothes


Well, this is probably a welcome tip. According to Everyday Health, tight pants can basically squish stomach acid back into your esophagus. All the more reason to dress in comfy clothes.

2Try Antacids


This sounds like a no-brainer, but many moms-to-be may worry about safety. Rest assured that, according to the American Pregnancy Association, most antacids are safe for pregnant women to take. As with any medication, however, you should ask a doctor if you have questions or concerns.

3Stay Vertical


Lying down can give the acid easy entry to your esophagus. According to Health, it's smart to sit up straight or walk around after eating a meal in order to prevent heartburn. This gives your stomach time to settle.

Ad failed to load

4Use Ginger


So, this may fall more on the folk remedy side of things. But as noted in Healthline, small amounts of ginger may help reduce the irritation associated with heartburn. If you already enjoy the spicy root, it's all the more reason to indulge.

5Choose Gentle Foods


Some foods may worsen symptoms of heartburn. According to Babble, foods that are deep-fried or spicy can aggravate heartburn. Sometimes, bland is the better option.

6Eat More Slowly


When you're hungry, it's satisfying to go at your food like a beast. But according to WebMD, eating meals more slowly tends to help people with heartburn issues. Try to keep mealtime chill.

Ad failed to load

7Choose Smaller Meals


If you prefer grazing throughout the day anyway, this may be welcome advice. According to the American Pregnancy Association, eating about six small meals during the day, instead of three large ones, is another way to avoid heartburn.

8Elevate Your Sleeping Space


Does heartburn seem to get worse at night? According to WebMD, elevating your head at night with a wedge pillow can mitigate heartburn symptoms. Gravity can help you manage that stomach acid.

9Consider A Doctor's Visit


If your heartburn is especially persistent, and does not respond to these treatments, then it may be time to check in with a doctor. Stronger medications that are still safe for pregnancy are available. Until then, remember that this type of heartburn tends to go away after you give birth.

Ad failed to load
Must Reads

6 Early Signs You're Going To Have A Short Labor, According To Experts

As far as I'm concerned, a short labor is right up there with winning the lottery in terms of lucky life events. (And when I was actually in labor, I would absolutely have traded a bucketful of lottery winnings for a speedier birth.) While some women…
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

Kids Will Love These TV Shows & Movies Coming To Netflix In March

You can always count on Netflix to keep it fresh: though there are already so many movies and shows to choose from, every month there's an influx of new content to keep your entire family entertained. As February enters its final weeks, it's time to …
By Megan Walsh

Here Are 10 Ways To Boost Your Baby's Immunity To The Flu

As I'm sure you've read in the thousands upon thousands of articles written about it this winter, the flu is spreading like wildfire and it's bad. Really bad. This strand of flu is the worst we've had in a very long time and it's the most widespread,…
By Abi Berwager Schreier

Khloé Kardashian Asked Twitter About Her Bump, & Moms Totally Delivered

Like her younger sister Kylie Jenner, Khloé Kardashian managed to keep most of her pregnancy a sort-of secret. But unlike Jenner, Kardashian chose to publicly announce her pregnancy several months before the baby's due date. While there's no wrong wa…
By Sophie Hirsh

21 Moms Share The Most Surprising Part About Having A C-Section

Honestly, I don't think we, as a culture, talk about C-sections nearly enough, especially considering so many mothers experience them. And because of a number of factors, the little we do talk about it always seems to be a familiar narrative: "It's n…
By Jamie Kenney

13 Yummy Instant Pot Recipes To Make Under 30 Minutes

An Instant Pot seems to be the must-have appliance in every kitchen these days. If you are anything like me and never knew the beauty of a Instant Pot, you are about to have your life changed. Basically, you put some ingredients into a pot, set the t…
By Kristin Manna

9 Things The First Six Months Of Motherhood Will Teach You About Your Baby

Personally, the first six months of motherhood was a mixed bag. I learned some harsh lessons about myself that made taking care of my baby seem overwhelming. For example, I was clueless, and no amount of research could help me feel like anything but …
By Steph Montgomery

11 Photos You *Must* Take During The Last Days Of Your Pregnancy

During my first pregnancy, I took a photo each week to document my growing belly. I stopped around 36 weeks, though. I hated how I looked in those pictures, and didn't think I'd want to relive those moments. I was wrong. My second pregnancy was a dum…
By Steph Montgomery

6 Red Flags To Definitely Look Out For After Your Baby Falls

The first time my infant son tried to take a few steps, he tumbled and bumped his head on the coffee table. My blood turned to ice in my veins and I froze. There truly isn't anything quite like the feeling a parent gets when their little one gets hur…
By Sarah Bunton

These 9 Instant Pot Recipes Will Make Even The Pickiest Eater Happy At The Table

Like any parent, I've had my share of parenting hits and misses, but one of my favorite "wins" is my daughter's diverse palate. I don't even know if I can take credit for it, but I would like to think I had something to do with her love for lentils, …
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

Turns Out, Kim Kardashian's Favorite Mom Products Look A Lot Like Your Own Faves

Being a mom is really hard work, especially for the first few months, and Kim Kardashian West is no different in that regard. Now the mother of three, Kardashian says that there are a few products she just can't live without when it comes to raising …
By Abi Berwager Schreier

10 Things No One Tells You About Having A Baby In Your 30s

If you're like me, you evaluate the pros and cons of any major life decision. When my husband and I were considering starting a family, I thought about my career, education, and financial stability. I wanted to know how a pregnancy and childbirth wou…
By Steph Montgomery

Soda Might Hurt Your Fertility, Study Says, & Here's What You Can Do

Who doesn't love sugary drinks? I stopped drinking soda years ago, but I still love gulping down those fancy Starbucks coffee beverages. I don't have a big sweet tooth, but I am a sucker for sugar-sweetened beverages every now-and-then. Turns out, th…
By Annamarya Scaccia

5 Red Flags Your Toddler Isn't Eating Enough

Toddlers are notoriously picky eaters, at least in my experience. You offer mashed potatoes, they want french fries. You give them crackers, they scream for chips. It's frustrating, to be sure, but it's usually their way of vying for independence. It…
By Candace Ganger

35 Moms Share The Most Disgusting Things Their Husbands Do

I'm a human being who revels in challenges. I like when people present me with one, especially if they don't think I can meet or succeed it, and I like taking a challenge on, especially if it's unexpected. So when I aimed to uncover the most disgusti…
By Jamie Kenney

How Having Kids In Your 20s Affects You Later In Life

For parents, like myself, who had kids in their 20s, there are a number of questions that come to mind. When you're deciding what your future will look like, you'll likely consider what this means for your health, career, and more down the line. Thin…
By Tessa Shull

Study: Drinking Two Glasses Of Wine A Day Is Good For Your Mind — Here's Why

There’s more scientific proof that a daily drink or two isn't necessarily a bad thing and could have a place in an overall healthy lifestyle. A new study out of the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) in New York found that — in mice, at le…
By Tiffany Thomas

Research Says Eating Carbs Can Lead To A Healthy Pregnancy, So Bring On The Pasta

In the world of me, no food is better than bread. I know it's supposed to be pretty terrible for you, high in calories, low in protein, and full of that modern-day demon, gluten... but guys, it's really yummy. Especially warm out of the oven, when th…
By Jen McGuire

These Photos Of Prince George Then & Now Will Give You Serious Baby Fever

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their third child in Spring 2018. With all of the excitement surrounding the new baby, it's easy to forget all of the good times that have already passed. The couple's eldest is already well into the sc…
By Azure Hall

This Is, Hands Down, The *Grossest* Thing Babies Do Inside The Womb

Your baby's life in the womb may be safe and warm, but it's also kind of grody. Seriously, the whole process of growing into a human being includes more than a few icky moments along the way. But this is the grossest thing babies do inside the womb b…
By Lindsay E. Mack