Why You Should Hard Pass on the Anti-Acid During Pregnancy and What to do Instead

I’m guessing if you’re reading this you are, suffering from the pregnancy heartburn.  Do you think your baby will have a head full of hair, or will this end up being an old wives tale?

Either way, I remember pregnancy heartburn being about as annoying as someone repeatedly running their fingernails down a chalk board.  A punishment worse than stepping on a lego when making that middle of the night run to the bathroom.

So why in the world might you want to skip out on the anti acid?

Antacids such as tums( and the genetic version) are mainly made up of calcium carbonate,  artificial colors and trace amounts of aluminum.

Too much calcium,  can be a bad thing.  

This study and this study found that calcium carbonate can form calcium nanoparticles in the amniotic fluid which deposit on the placenta and cause premature calcification.

This can sometimes lead to preterm labor. And around here, we like to let babies fully cook if we can.

Like many medications that mainly mask a problem instead of solving a problem,  it’s easy to overdo it, get hooked and start popping them like candy.

Artificial sweeteners have been connected to birth defects. Many antacids contain aluminum,  which depletes B vitamins.

Overall, there may be a place for antacids in your life, and we don’t always mean the garbage. But a little due diligence and you may be able to significantly reduce the amount you need them.

Why do you have heartburn in the first place?

Whenever something is going wrong in the body,  there is always a purpose, or message inside what is happening. When you slow down and tune in, you can often find a solution that works better than simply masking the problem.  

Indigestion and heartburn are caused by two factors. Progesterone that you produce during pregnancy causes digestion to slow. This means food sits in your stomach longer and less acid is produced to digest it. Yes, it actually IS an issue of too LITTLE stomach acid. Remember, slowing digestion down can be a good thing. It allows your body to absorb more nutrients from the same amount of food to support you and baby. Antacids on the other hand, neutralize acid and coat the stomach lining. So the same problem is still going on, you just don’t feel it. Thus, any time you don’t want to feel it, you’ll need the drugs.

The second factor is that the esophagus doesn’t close fully at the top like it does when you aren’t pregnant. This also  contributes to why acid can creep back the up. Unfortunately the best solution to this part of the problem is, well, having a baby.

3 clever hacks to prevent heartburn

I know you’re thinking the same thing I am.  Its better to prevent the heartburn from starting in the first place than treat it after.

Follow these tips you prevent heartburn in your pregnancy.  

  1. Eat smaller meals and snacks throughout the day so your stomach isn’t so full.  
  2. Keep a food diary so you know when your heartburn starts to act up anf csn identify trigger foods.
  3. Swap any trigger foods with healthier alternatives.  This will likely mean replacing sugars and white foods like crackers,  bread and potato chips with healthier alternatives. Say yes to more strawberries and cream and kale chips instead.  

Eating slower and smarter will make a huge difference in how you feel.

What to do if you have heartburn right now and it’s totally ruining your day?

Try these 5 natural solutions for heartburn before grabbing the antacids.

  1. Digestive enzymes.  If you are also a doterra person, I can’t recommend the doterra digestive enzymes enough.  They help break down the food in your gut so your body is able to more easily digest food and absorb the nutrients. They are a staple in our home.
  2. If you are not a doterra person,  try these papaya enzymes. Though they are not the ones I use personally,  I have heard only good things about them.
  3. Dissolve and drink one teaspoon baking soda in four ounces of water. Cannot even taste it.
  4. Remember how I said the problem is often too little acid,  not too much? Try a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar mixed with honey. Or drink a giant gulp from the pickle jar.
  5. You may also find a glass of peppermint or chamomile tea helpful.

Now you know when it comes to calcium, there is a such thing as too much of a good thing. Aim to keep you antacid use in check and make sure not to exceed the dosage on the bottle. If you use these tricks, this should be easy peasy.

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