I’ve been lucky enough to dodge heartburn my entire pregnancy minus a day or two (thus far), but I know how common it can be for people. My sister had it the majority of her pregnancy and rarely found any relief until she gave birth.

It wasn’t until I was hit with a stomach bug when I was 28 weeks pregnant where it came on. I swear it put me through the ringer for 24 hours. It left me with the worst heartburn for 3-5 days, assuming from the stomach acid leftover in my esophagus, and I tried all the remedies after I got hundreds of messages from you all in my DMs on Instagram. Thank you so much!!

*Of course, I’m not a doctor, so make sure to research on your own or ask your doctor if you’re unsure about trying any of these.

Anyways, thankfully mine went away after a few days, but I thought I should share the list below šŸ™‚ If I missed anything, make sure to leave a comment below! xx

  • Avoid acidic and spicy foods: coffee, citrus fruits or juices, tomatoes, garlic, onion, pizza
  • Avoid fried foods, chips, chocolate
  • Avoid carbonated beverages
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Pepcid
  • Take papaya enzymes
  • Eat smaller meals
  • Avoid eating right before bed. Try leaving a 3-hour buffer
  • Take smaller sips of water, and not a lot at mealtimes
  • Sleep at an incline (this is the pregnancy pillow I use and I put another pillow over the top behind my upper body and it helped!)
  • Natphos (homeopathy)
  • Eating higher pH foods (alkaline foods can help offset strong stomach acid): banana, melon, nuts
  • Eating watery foods like watermelon, apples, cucumber, celery, broth-based soups
  • Popsicles: these were personally my favorite and what felt comforting for me. I found organic berry and mango flavors
  • Drinking milk: I used almond milk
  • Apple cider vinegar: try pouring an ounce in a glass of warm water and take it with meals
  • Taking digestive bitters: try Organic Olivia’s or Urban Moonshine
  • Taking tums alternatives like Genexa Antacid or Wonder Belly Antacids
  • Omeprazole (Prilosec) 20mg in the morning on an empty stomach
  • Anything mint: chewing mint gum was highly recommended
  • Ginger: chewy tablets from Whole Foods
  • Sleeping on your left side
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda in a glass of water

Welcome! Iā€™m Rachael.

I enjoy sharing my love for food and fitness. I'm a registered dietitian, certified personal trainer, and a New York Times Bestselling author. Here you'll find all kinds of recipes and kitchen hacks, as well as workouts and fitness motivation. Enjoy! ā€” xx Rachael

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  1. Love these tips! another tip is mixing 5-7 drops of non-alcoholic milk thistle drops into a glass of water on an empty stomach in the am.