Thursday, March 21, 2013

Natural Heartburn Remedies

I've had awful heartburn in my third trimester this pregnancy. It seems to be pretty non-discriminatory, flaring up virtually every time I eat, but it's especially bad when I eat fried foods or anything tomato-based.

I try to avoid taking medications while pregnant (over-the-counter or otherwise), so although Tums are considered safe in pregnancy, I wanted to try some natural remedies first. My heartburn can be really bad, but these home remedies almost always do the trick...


Dairy is probably the most effective natural treatment I've found. A glass of milk almost always works, but I've found a cup of Greek yogurt cools and soothes most quickly. Plus, a nice protein boost!

Apple Cider Vinegar

A friend recommended drinking a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a cup of water. Not as fast as the dairy, but this worked for me as well (although I had to chug it due to the icky taste). I recently tried mixing the apple cider vinegar in a half water, half apple juice concoction, and that was a bit easier to swallow.


I read online that almonds can help prevent and alleviate heart burn. I was at work a few days ago and my heartburn was horrendous. I didn't have any dairy or apple cider vinegar around, but there were plain almonds (not roasted or salted) in the vending machine. They helped in a pinch, but again, dairy is still my preferred method.

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