“When you feel that first little kick, and hear a tiny heartbeat for the first time you suddenly understand what it means to love someone more than your own life” Being pregnant can be blissful or a total nightmare for some women. Walking around with a round protruding belly and everyone looking at you with “ah so you also do it! And you did it without protection” kinda expression will either be met with a smile or frown. After doing away with morning sickness in the first trimester things start getting a little better until the most dread heartburn kicks in and make life a little bit hellish for some. All pregnancies are not the same and some start having the heartburn as early as the first month and lasts until the lil champ is out while others only experience it the third trimester due to the enlargement of the uterus which displaces the stomach. If you are pregnant or planning to have a baby relax and wear a smile because there are a couple of natural remedies to help you deal with the heartburn.
Coconut water; whether you love coconuts or not at this very time you may want to go shopping for some coconuts because its water is known to be a natural acid neutralizer and can bring quick relief to your burning throat.
Fatty foods; most women take advantage of being pregnant to eat anything and everything not caring about their weight gain. But, whatever you choose to eat try and avoid fatty, deep fried and spicy foods for some of them increase the production of stomach acid.
Ginger tea; ginger is known to have a lot of health benefits. A cup of fresh ginger tea can help soothe the gastronomical tract and relieve the heartburn.
How to sleep; most people hate pillows coz it leaves one with neck pain when you wake up in the morning and the last thing a pregnant woman needs is an extra ailment. During pregnancy especially in the last lap its best to prop up your head and shoulders (your upper body should be higher than your feet) to avoid the reflux of acid to the esophagus.
When and how you eat; avoid eating three large meals in a day and instead opt for smaller meals more frequently throughout the day. Make sure you take your time to chew your meals before swallowing and eat slowly while sitted uprightly. Do not lie down or bend for at least one hour after having a meal (have your last meal at least two hours before going to bed).
What to wear; however big you might feel do not go for tight fitting clothes because your belly needs a breather and a lot of pressure on it might cause heartburn.
Drink; this is one of those times you really need to adhere to the doctor’s orders or 8 to 10 glasses of water a day. Your body needs to be hydrated all the time to avoid a burning throat but if you are not a fan of plain water you can go for flavored water or drink at least a glass of milk or yoghurt to soothe your throat.
Remember not all pregnancies are the same and what works for one might not work for the other but it doesn’t hurt to give it a try. “Nothing worth having comes easy and nothing that comes easy is worthy having”