Heartburn is an uncomfortable burning sensation in the chest area which occurs as a result of stomach contents coming up into the oesophagus
This is common among pregnant women, mostly during their second and third trimesters. More than half of all pregnant women experience heartburns.
Pregnancy hormones can cause the muscular valve between the stomach and food pipe to relax, allowing stomach acids to splash back up into the food pipe.
When this occurs, the womb which is already enlarged puts pressure on the stomach, thereby pushing stomach acids upwards and this leads to heartburn. But you can avoid this by doing the following:
1. Eat moderately
You can decide to divide a large meal into three and take one at a time instead of eating a large portion at once.
2. Avoid spicy food
Try as much as possible to avoid food that is fatty, fried and spicy. Also avoid chocolate, coffee, caffeine, and mint, especially at night.
3. Drink enough water
Make sure you drink enough water after each meal and avoid drinking too much water while eating in order not to increase the chances of having heartburn or acid reflux.
4. Take a walk after eating
No matter how tired you might be after eating, don't go straight to bed. Make sure you walk around for about 15/20 minutes. This will make the food digest fast.
5. Elevate your head
If you haven’t been using a pillow, it’s time to consider using one, because you need to elevate your head. Your head must be higher than your foot each time you lie in bed.
6. Avoid tight clothes
Besides the fact that you need to wear free clothes for comfortability, tight clothes can increase the pressure of the abdomen and stomach which can result in heartburn.