Most pregnant women experience some degree of heartburn during their pregnancy, often towards the end when that sweet little baby is making its presence known! For some, it’s a mild inconvenience after a large meal, for others it’s more bothersome making sleeping and eating an unpleasant chore.
In my practice, I try to work with food first, and then use herbs and supplements as needed to control this common pregnancy symptom. I recommend using prescription acid-blockers as a last resort as they can interfere with the absorption of crucial vitamins and minerals including calcium, iron and B12.
- Eat small meals frequently. Many Moms-to-be find that eating 4-6 smaller meals works better than 3 larger meals.
- Avoid greasy, fried foods.
- Be mindful of common heartburn triggers including coffee (and caffeine), peppermint, citrus, tomato and spicy foods.
- Chew your food well – let the enzymes present in saliva do their work!
- Don’t drink large quantities of fluids with meals.
- Try finishing your meals with pineapple or papaya, which naturally contain digestive enzymes.
Herbs and Supplements
If the above dietary suggestions don’t work, talk to a Naturopathic Doctor about using herbs and other supplements to get your hearburn under control. There are a number of safe, effective option available for pregnant mothers.
Dr. Jenn maintains a family-centered Naturopathic practice in Dartmouth, NS. She enjoys working with people of all ages, and has a special interest in women and children’s health, including pre-conception, fertility (IUI/IVF support) and pregnancy.