5 Remedies To Reduce Acid Reflux In Pregnancy
In the third trimester of my pregnancy I suffered from acid reflux daily, it was incredibly difficult to eat and sleep. There are many reasons for acid reflux during pregnancy including hormones and not having enough space inside the abdomen. Some iron supplements that are suggested by doctors to be taken in pregnancy may also cause it.
I started eating small meals several times throughout the day instead of having big meals and stopped drinking large amounts of water at a time. Drinking small sips regularly helps to keep the body hydrated and reduces heartburn. I also tried to avoid eating before lying down, as this position can push stomach contents back up. While sleeping I used two pillows to keep my head higher up. Alkalising foods such as almonds, avocado, dark leafy greens and garlic help to soothe heartburn and are also nutritious foods for pregnant women. Foods that should be avoided while suffering from acid reflux are chocolate, sugar, caffeinated beverages, onions, tomatoes, mustard, fizzy drinks and processed foods.
1. Raw apple cider vinegar increases stomach acid which is a possible reason for acid reflux. It is suggested to drink 1 teaspoon of vinegar in a glass of water throughout the day or an hour before a meal. When I buy apple cider vinegar I make sure to buy organic, unfiltered, unpasteurised apple cider vinegar with the mother still in it. I use Bragg’s Organic apple cider vinegar sold at Lulu.
2. Another superfood that neutralises stomach acid is fresh lemon. Lemon juice itself is acidic, however it has an alkalising effect once digested. Lemon water helps with digestion and is high in vitamin C. Because I drink lemon water almost daily I only drink it with a straw, this prevents the acid from touching the teeth enamel. I mix the juice of one lemon in a glass or water and drink it half an hour before eating.
3. High enzyme foods such as avocado, banana, sauerkraut, kimchi and kefir aid in digestions by breaking down foods. Although I was avoiding water kefir itself during pregnancy, I did add the kefir grains to my smoothies. A high enzyme supplement that I have been taking is papaya enzymes. Papaya enzyme contains papain, which improves digestion and helps to absorb proteins in the body. I bought my papaya enzyme on iHerb. When trying to conceive and while pregnant it is not recommended to consume unripe papaya, which contains a latex substance that may cause contractions.
4. Bentonite Clay is alkalising and absorbs excess acids. The clay also helps to clean the gut, by removing toxins and decreasing the bad bacteria. At the same time it also kills harmful viruses and boosts the immune system. I use one teaspoon of bentonite clay in a glass of water and stir it until the clay is almost dissolved. Food grade bentonite clay is sold on amazon.
5. Baking Soda is probably the most popular home remedy for heartburn and the is because it works for most people. Unlike baking powder, baking soda is 100% sodium bicarbonate. It is an absorbable antacid which neutralises stomach acid and improves acid reflux almost immediately. I dissolve one teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water to relieve acid reflux.
Aloe vera gel decreases inflammation, however it is not recommended during pregnancy, as it may work as a laxative and cause a drop in blood sugar levels and electrolytes. Using laxatives during pregnancy can also increase the risk of early contractions. Instead of consuming aloe vera gel, I applied it topically to my chest and throat. I like to use fresh aloe vera leaves, however it is very convenient to have it ready in the fridge at all times, so I have some from iHerb.