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Heartburn is a burning sensation in your chest that often occurs with a bitter taste in your throat or mouth. The symptoms of heartburn may get worse after you eat a large meal or when you’re lying down.
During pregnancy, the hormone progesterone causes the valve to relax, which can increase the frequency of heartburn.Heartburn and indigestion are more common during the third trimester because the growing uterus puts pressure on the intestines and the stomach.The following can help you to ease or avoid it completely during the pregnancy:
- Drink fluids.Chamomile, licorice, slippery elm, and marshmallow may make better herbal remedies to soothe GERD symptoms. Licorice helps increase the mucus coating of the esophageal lining, which helps calm the effects of stomach acid.
- Enjoy smaller portions.Eating smaller portions is one of the tried-and-true heartburn remedies. Eating less helps you lose weight, taming symptoms even further. If weight isn’t a problem and your portions seem just right, try splitting your three meals into five or six mini-meals.
- Take care of stress.Stress is a contributor to both heartburn and indigestion.Coping with it and getting rid of stressful situations,will help prevent heartburn.
- Avoid bending or laying after eating.Have your last meal of the day at least three hours before you head to bed. Lying down too soon after eating can trigger acid to rise up from the stomach—ouch.
- Limit fried,spicy and gassy food.Avoid foods or drinks that relax the lower esophageal sphincter such as chocolate, peppermint, caffeine-containing beverages, and fatty or fried foods.Also, foods that may damage the esophagus such as spicy foods, citrus fruits and juices, tomatoes and tomato sauces, or any food that causes symptoms.
NB:Saliva helps move food down through the esophagus and can ease the symptoms of heartburn. To increase salivation, try chewing gum after a meal or an attack of heartburn. Avoid mint-flavored gums, however, since these may relax the valve at the top of the stomach.