Home Remedies to Help With Acid Reflux While Pregnant
January 13, 2016
Having heartburn, or acid reflux, is a common complaint from pregnant women. This happens because the stomach acids are getting pushed back into your esophagus which in turn can cause a burning sensation in your chest region, along with discomfort and abdominal pain and when you are pregnant this condition increases because of the weight gain. This extra weight gain can cause an additional amount of pressure on your abdomen which in turn pushes the contents of your stomach into your esophagus plus during your pregnancy there is an increase in the levels of various hormones. These hormones have a big impact on your entire digestive mechanism. You can always use over-the-counter medicines to help with this condition, but being pregnant it is best to opt for natural home remedies instead. You do not to check with your physician before doing anything in regard to the acid reflux condition.
One of the best home remedies for heartburn is water because it helps to reduce the intensity of the sensation of heartburn and concentration of your stomach acids. When the stomach acid is diluted it is flushed out of your digestive system easier. You should make sure that you are drinking after every meal at least two glasses of water.
You can also use baking soda to make a drink to help with heartburn. You just need to add a tablespoon of baking soda to a glass of water and drink it because baking soda has the chemical properties to help neutralize the stomach acids. If you have pre-eclampsia you should make sure that you avoid this home remedy because there is a high sodium content in baking soda.
You can also put a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a half glass of water, mix it well and sip it all during your meal. In the morning to help bring down the abdominal discomfort that is caused by heartburn eat a few almonds when you get up. You can also chew on a piece of ginger to help relax the muscles in your esophagus wall so the discomfort and pain will subside.
You can also drink a cup of herbal tea such as aniseed or peppermint to give you a soothing effect on the sensation of a burning chest. You can also add a little honey in your tea and have it first thing in the morning on stomach that is empty. If the heartburn becomes serious and these home remedies do not seem to be working, check with your physician.