When I was pregnant with my oldest son I never experienced the true joy of heartburn. I was devastated to know that I missed out on the feeling of fire resting at the top of my esophagus like a dragon ready to take back Meereen (Game of Thrones reference anyone?) and the ulcerative effects of slightly leaning forwarding.
Please note the sarcasm above
Don’t worry about me folks, because with this pregnancy I have heartburn ALL.THE.TIME. This is not an exaggeration. I will admit I can be overly dramatic from time to time, but this time around, I legitimately have heartburn all day long. As I’m typing this out, I’m also clawing at my throat, hoping that by ripping it out I will find some sort of relief.
Now I’m not a medical expert, but heartburn and I are tight; real BFFs. Since we have this unbreakable bond, I can tell you what works for me, aside from my beloved TUMS, when a volcanic eruption happens due to the slightest cough, sneeze, or body shift.
Here are my four natural remedies:
Bananas aren’t just for potassium and cheeky monkeys. NO! They offer comfort when heartburn strikes. A ripe banana is full of antacid elements. These tropical delights assist in bringing down acid levels in the stomach. Who knew a banana a day (or night as I would recommend), keeps the burn away?
A nice cup of Chamomile tea before bed has been known to relax the mind and body, but it can also calm the acidity building up in your gut. By making yourself a spot of tea before bed, you and your damaged esophagus will rest easy. I recommend Traditional Medicinal Organic Chamomile.
These protein packed nuts do a lot more than give you healthy lifestyle cred. A handful of almonds before and after every meal, snack, or drink can help cut down the acid in your gut. It won’t eliminate heartburn, but it will temporarily provide some much needed relief.
4. Teeny Tiny Bites
You know how we obsessively cut our children’s food into small bite-sized pieces? We should be doing the same thing for ourselves. When we quickly consume large bites of food, we aren’t giving our stomachs the time needed to digest. So what happens when you don’t slow it down? You start to breath fire, or it feels that way.
Listen, Daenerys is a beautiful woman (again Game of Thrones), and I only wish I could look so flawless after seeking vengeance, but I don’t want to be the mother of dragons…I mean heartburn. I’m just trying to get through this pregnancy one day at a time without the constant fire breathing effects and these natural remedies really do make a difference.