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How do you handle heartburn during pregnancy?

Heartburn, or - if you like - indigestion, is a common annoyance during pregnancy. Even women who have never had heartburn will probably experience it when pregnant. There is nothing dangerous about this heartburn, but it is quite uncomfortable during a time when just about everything is uncomfortable.

This burning sensation can be felt down the throat and into the breastbone. It happens because of all the hormonal and bodily changes that come along with pregnancy. Heartburn is mostly present during the later half of pregnancy and will come unpredictably.
 
Is there a way to prevent heartburn and ease the discomfort? There are some tricks to try including avoiding gassy foods and carbonated drinks, eat smaller meals, drink sparingly while eating, chew gum after a meal, sleep propped up with pillows, don’t eat right before going to bed, and wear clothes that fit loosely. It is always advised to avoid alcohol and cigarettes when pregnant, but especially to avoid heartburn. As much as there is to avoid, be certain to eat a healthy diet and drink water as gaining the right amount of weight is essential for both you and your baby.
 
Before trying over-the-counter antacids, ask your doctor or pharmacist whether or not it is okay. Some of these drugs contain aspirin, aluminum, or high quantities of sodium. Some mums reports that mints (polo, silvermints) can help too. Try out different mints and see what works for you.
 
If you are getting heartburn, you may also be experiencing morning sickness. See what other mums recommend for morning sickness here.
 
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