Many pregnant women, estimates as high as 80%, suffer from acid reflux and heartburn thanks to fluctuating hormones and a crowded stomach. Before you hit the pharmacy in search of heartburn drugs, many which have never been tested on pregnant women, there are natural ways to help calm that burning chest and throat.
Try eating small meals when you are pregnant and avoid excess sugar and spicy foods. Wait at least an hour after eating before you lie down. Natural remedies to alleviate acid reflux include various herbal remedies, organic Apple Cider Vinegar, and clear sodas.
For a quick approach try sipping on a tasty clear natural soda. The carbonation can help relieve acid buildup in the stomach.
Papayas contain the digestive enzyme papain which dissolves protein and fat, thus soothing your stomach. Dried papayas work quickly, but you might also look for Papaya Enzymes in your local health food store.
Another remedy you’ll find at your local health store is Ginger Root capsules. This natural herb is known to absorb stomach acid while simultaneously calming your nerves. Immediately after dinner take one capsule. Side effects of Ginger include the stimulation of saliva, another natural antacid, and possible relief of nausea and vomiting. Always a plus during pregnancy.
Apple Cider Vinegar, get the organic variety, helps stabilize your stomach acid by acetic acid. You’ll want to dilute 2 teaspoons Apple Cider Vinegar with a glass of water and then sip it while you eating whenever your heartburn appears.
A powerful and aromatic herb, taking ½ teaspoon of Fennel Seeds and chewing them slowly after your meals will help your digestive tract immensely. Containing the compound Anethole Fennel Seeds help to suppress the spasms of the stomach.
And last, but not least, you can help reduce the amount of acid in your stomach with a simple Lavender and Anise Tea. Mix equal parts of the Aniseed and Lavender. Boil 2 ½ cups distilled water. Pour the boiling water over 1 teaspoon of your herbal mixture and let it sit for 3 to 5 minutes. Strain the tea and drink up to 8 ounces of your homemade tea in the morning and again in the evening. You can add some honey to sweeten the tea to your liking.