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Hack my pregnancy heartburn!

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created March 15, 2013 at 1:01 AM

I'm currently 20 weeks pregnant, and even though I stick to paleo, I'm getting HORRIBLE heartburn. I've never had it before. Any hacks? Baking soda in water really doesn't taste very good.

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on March 15, 2013
at 09:38 PM

I second the ACV idea. I've had a few flare-ups post pregnancy, and it's usually helped me. Also... I saute onions before I throw them in the soup pot or crockpot. Raw onions kill me.

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on March 15, 2013
at 06:33 PM

Have info on your "good for you for other reasons" statement? I call BS.

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on March 15, 2013
at 03:28 PM

Smaller meals are helpful, too.

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on March 15, 2013
at 12:27 PM

I wasn't, but I ate mostly that way anyway. (I was gluten-free and ate whole foods, though.) I had so many food aversions during pregnancy--a lot of my favorites either gave me heartburn or made me nauseated just by looking at them. I ended up eating fruit (mostly melon, apples, mangoes and berries) and Greek yogurt for about half of my calories. :) Hang in there!

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on March 15, 2013
at 03:38 AM

Spicy foods are the death of me! It's the worst because they're my favorite! Were you paleo during your pregnancies?

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I'm not sure if I'm adventurous enough to attempt drinking ACV, but I love kombucha! I'll give it a shot.

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at 02:44 AM

No. There's some magnesium in the prenatal I take, but it's only 3% RDA. Is there a link between heartburn and magnesium?

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at 01:30 AM

Have you tried supplementing with magnesium?

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on March 15, 2013
at 02:54 AM

Believe it or not, a lot of pregnant mamas I work with get relief with a couple of tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a small amount of water. Counter-intuitive, but effective.

Kombucha may work just as well and is tastier!

Here's a link with a decent explanation:

http://nourishedandnurtured.blogspot.com/2011/05/natural-heartburn-remedy-even-for.html

Aa69579f867333b08158c70e25f7daf1

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on March 15, 2013
at 09:38 PM

I second the ACV idea. I've had a few flare-ups post pregnancy, and it's usually helped me. Also... I saute onions before I throw them in the soup pot or crockpot. Raw onions kill me.

34f00c7b4e5738cf04ead1a012a14ed1

(996)

on March 15, 2013
at 03:37 AM

I'm not sure if I'm adventurous enough to attempt drinking ACV, but I love kombucha! I'll give it a shot.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on March 15, 2013
at 03:28 PM

Smaller meals are helpful, too.

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on March 15, 2013
at 04:38 AM

Part of pregnancy...really no matter how you eat...baking soda and water is your best bet and overall good for you for other reasons, too....Tums, if necessary,.....at least they have calcium. Congratulations.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on March 15, 2013
at 06:33 PM

Have info on your "good for you for other reasons" statement? I call BS.

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on March 15, 2013
at 03:14 AM

A co-worker of mine swears by digestive enzymes for her heartburn. She's not pregnant now, but apparently never had heartburn until she was pregnant, and it continued after the birth of her son. She is not an alternative health and diet nut whatsoever (like I am!). But the enzymes apparently work so well for her, she's willing to go all hippy or whatever for heartburn relief.

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on March 15, 2013
at 01:21 AM

It's normal. (Sorry.) I had to eschew overly greasy foods, spicy foods, citrus, etc., when I was pregnant with both of my kids, starting somewhere around 18 weeks. I drank a lot of peppermint tea and ate smaller, more frequent meals. You might not want to do that ALL the time (or you might, I have no idea), but it helped my heartburn quite a bit.

Good luck! (And congratulations.)

E36cb992cf0a5eba8b97a359c15f38b3

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on March 15, 2013
at 12:27 PM

I wasn't, but I ate mostly that way anyway. (I was gluten-free and ate whole foods, though.) I had so many food aversions during pregnancy--a lot of my favorites either gave me heartburn or made me nauseated just by looking at them. I ended up eating fruit (mostly melon, apples, mangoes and berries) and Greek yogurt for about half of my calories. :) Hang in there!

34f00c7b4e5738cf04ead1a012a14ed1

(996)

on March 15, 2013
at 03:38 AM

Spicy foods are the death of me! It's the worst because they're my favorite! Were you paleo during your pregnancies?

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on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

For me it was sitting up until my meals were fully digested, avoiding anything spicy and avoiding nightshades as they upset my stomach, and made me have heartburn like no other (as well as making me just fall asleep for some strange reason).

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on March 15, 2013
at 06:52 PM

I am 35 weeks and have only gotten mild heartburn intermittently. I find it happens in two scenarios (though not always!). One is late at night if I haven't eaten anything in 4 or so hours. This kind usually goes away with some water and just getting to bed, laying on my left side. The other one is food related, sometimes nightshades, sometimes spicy foods, etc., so I take Source Naturals Calcium Citrate or Magnesium Citrate. But I have to admit, my favorite is Vitafusion Calcium Gummy Vitamins in creamy swirled fruits flavor (my teenage brother lives with us, and loves gummy vitamins) and I have to say they work immediately.

Not super paleo, I bought some from drugstore.com and the ingredients are much less offensive than tums, which almost all have Splenda in them now and lots of artificial colors. Aside from the D, Calcium and Phosphorus, the ingredients are listed as follows:

Sucrose, glucose syrup, gelatin, pectin, natural flavors, citric acid, lactic acid, medium chain triglycerides, and colors from purple carrot juice, annatto, blueberry and carrot concentrates, and there is canola lecithin as the last ingredient.

No gluten or soy, and I definitely see it as the lesser of many evils (and I'd take sucrose and glucose over Splenda any day, a million times over), and like that the colors come from foods. I don't intend on using these forever, but they are tasty (like orange creamsicle) and 1 makes the heartburn go away almost instantly.

Congratulations and good luck! I've never tried the apple cider vinegar as the smell puts me off, but I have seen many women reporting success with it!

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