Heartburn is a burning sensation in your chest that often extends from the bottom of the breastbone to the lower throat. It’s caused by some of the hormonal and physical changes in your body.
It usually begins in the second half of pregnancy and can be quite uncomfortable at times. It tends to worsen as your bump grows. Everyone is different and you will notice that certain foods you eat can trigger symptoms – over time you will begin to realise what foods do it for you, you can then try to avoid these foods.
Below are some tips to help you cope with it
- Eat smaller meals more regularly and chew your food
- Try not to eat or drink for a few hours before bedtime
- Avoid eating spicy foods, onions, fried foods, chocolate or caffeine – these can bring it on
- Try chewing gum after eating as it stimulates your salivary glands, and saliva can help neutralize acid
- A glass of milk can help ease the symptoms
- Elevate your upper body in bed using pillows to help prevent the stomach contents coming back up
- An over-the-counter antacid that contains magnesium or calcium may ease discomfort though its best to check with your healthcare professional before taking one to make sure it is suitable during pregnancy