One of the most common pregnancy side effects (besides morning sickness) is heartburn. It makes the middle of your chest feel like it’s burning and happens soon after eating. You may also feel pain when lying down, and your mouth may also have a bitter or acid taste in it.
It usually happens during pregnancy because your stomach is squeezed as your uterus gets bigger. Also, food moves more slowly through your body during pregnancy.
Here are our tips for coping with heartburn during pregnancy:
- Eat small, frequent meals
- Avoid bending over or lying down flat (prop yourself up with pillows when you sleep)
- Take some antacids (but check with your healthcare provider first)
- Don’t eat late at night
- Cook with less fat
- Chew gum or suck on hard candy
- Exercise (just avoid it within two hours of a meal)
- Reduce stress
- Drink lemon water before a meal (juice from half a lemon, 8 ounces water, and a pinch of salt)
- After meals, try 1 teaspoon of honey
We hope that these tips for dealing with heartburn during pregnancy help you! Do you have a tip we didn’t mention here? Please share it by leaving a comment below!