The 8 Remedies for Acid Reflux I'm Trying this Week

I have been so very blessed during this pregnancy to have very little indigestion or acid reflux. I have friends who were plagued with it from early in the 1st trimester, whereas, for me, I could eat just about anything and feel totally fine.

Note the past tense there, because the 3rd trimester has changed everything.

Last week I couldn’t figure out why my sore throat was getting so much worse post-cold than it was during the cold until a friend suggested reflux. And the more I thought about it, the more it made sense. The theory was confirmed when I woke up at 2 in the morning the other night and could not just feel the acid, but could trace a perfect line of burning pain from my stomach to my throat. Nevermind that every time I bend over now I feel it rise up. It’s really not pretty.

Since I don’t have another doctor’s visit until later this week, in the meantime I decided to ask some other experts- current and former pregnant women. On twitter. Which is just like asking a doctor. And I got 8 great tips that I’m going to try out this week in hopes of helping restore my sleep and save my poor throat.

  • 1. Avoid certain foods. 1 of 8
    1. Avoid certain foods.
    There are apparently a number of foods that increase acid reflux. These include all the delicious ones, pretty much. Fried foods, chocolate, peppermint, tomatoes, citrus. Pretty much all the things I want to eat right now. It's a real mystery why I have reflux. But anyway, apparently cutting out acidic foods is a good way to stop reflux before it keeps you up all night long.
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  • 2. Reduce fluid intake before bed. 2 of 8
    2. Reduce fluid intake before bed.
    I was informed that drinking anything, even water, with your meals and before bed will increase acid production in the stomach, therefore causing more reflux. I am basically a camel these days and often I pack in a bunch of water before bed, so it's possible that this might be part of my problem.
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  • 3. Elevate the head of the bed. 3 of 8
    3. Elevate the head of the bed.
    When I was up last night wanting to die, I sat up for about an hour and it seemed to improve. Granted, I did not sleep even a little bit during that hour, but at least I wasn't awake and in pain. Apparently keeping your head elevated makes the acid have to work harder against gravity, and I'm all for making it more difficult for acid to make me feel lousy. I'm thinking we're getting close to the moving to the couch phase of pregnancy...
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  • 4. Eat dinner earlier or eat a smaller meal. 4 of 8
    4. Eat dinner earlier or eat a smaller meal.
    This one makes pretty good sense to me. Pregnancy is making my body is very, very slow at digesting right now, so eating a big meal before bed is only going to make nighttime miserable. It's either time to go to a smaller dinner or an earlier one. Or both, I suppose.
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  • 5. Chew non-peppermint gum after meals. 5 of 8
    5. Chew non-peppermint gum after meals.
    Okay, I was totally ready to call foul on this one, and then I did research and apparently they've done studies on it. Studies have shown that chewing sugar free, non-peppermint gum after meals increases saliva production, which is basic, thereby significantly reducing acid reflux. And heck, it's cheap and easy, why not try?
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  • 6. Red apples. 6 of 8
    6. Red apples.
    According to a lot of people who have had acid reflux, red apples are a great easy way to reduce acid. Apparently they are another basic food that will reduce the aside in your stomach. Though it goes against the not eating before bed, I was told that a few slices before bed can reduce the acid all night. It doesn't hurt that I love apples too.
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  • 7. Gentle exercise after meals. 7 of 8
    7. Gentle exercise after meals.
    I'm not talking like, eat dinner and run a mile. But about 30 minutes after eating, go for a walk. Exercise can speed up your digestive tract, which might reduce the amount of acid hanging around your stomach all night long while you digest. And I hear exercise isn't exactly bad for you either.
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  • 8. Medication. 8 of 8
    8. Medication.
    If all else fails, it might be time to ask your doctor about medication. I'm not going to list any particular types because I'm not a doctor and don't know what's best, but if nothing else is helping, talk to your doctor about medications that can help. I see mine on Thursday and if options 1-7 fail me, this is the route I'll be taking. Fingers crossed that I can do one of the easier, cheaper home remedies for the next 10 weeks!
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