Question: home remedy for heart burn during pregnancy
Answer: Many women have acidity and/or heartburn for the first time during pregnancy. It's common and harmless, but it can be uncomfortable and painful. Rich, oily or spicy dishes, chocolate, citrus fruits, alcohol and coffee are all known to aggravate acidity. If you feel uncomfortable then avoid these foods for a while. Drink water instead of carbonated or fizzy drinks because these drinks are already very acidic. Reduce your intake of ready-made meals and processed foods, such as tomato ketchup, pickles (achaar) and chutneys as they contain high levels of salt, preservatives and additives. A glass of cold milk or a cup of yogurt is an age-old remedy for heartburn and acidity. A cup of chamomile or ginger tea (adrak chai) may also help. Some also believe that bananas help. Alternative medicine practitioners recommend drinking peppermint tea to alleviate the symptoms of reflux and heartburn. However, peppermint tea, like other herbal teas, should be drunk in moderation during pregnancy. Eat small, frequent meals and chew your food well. A long gap between meals can lead to acidity. Avoid drinking large quantities of fluids during meals. It's important to drink eight to 12 glasses of water daily during pregnancy, but drink between meals. Try to finish your dinner about three hours before you go to bed. Sometimes lying down can lead to heartburn because gravity helps the acids out of your stomach. Following a late dinner, try not to lie down for at least an hour after eating. Sleep propped up with pillows so that your shoulders are higher than your tummy. In this position, gravity will help keep your stomach acids where they should be and aid your digestion. Smoking worsens acidity and heartburn.Smoking also contributes to a host of complications in your pregnancy. Even if you do not smoke yourself, being exposed to cigarette smoke can be harmful as well.