Acid reflux and heartburn are incredibly common symptoms for pregnant women, especially during the third trimester when that big ol’ baby is pressing down harder on the stomach.
Towards the end, it was challenging to even drink a glass of water without acid reflux taking over and ruining my already-miserable-and-super-pregnanty day. While Tums and other antacids can offer temporary relief (if your doctor okays the use of them), but it’s typically recommended that you limit the use of them due to the high calcium content.
Pregnant women who are looking for a different way to reduce acid reflux often try making changes in their diets. If that approach sounds like something you’d be interested in, try adding these 7 foods to your daily pregnancy diet:
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Foods to Reduce Acid Reflux During Pregnancy
A pregnancy breakfast of champions for many, many reasons (fiber being a big one!), oatmeal is also a superfood for reducing acid reflux. Have a bowl topped with fresh berries, or add some oatmeal to a smoothie. You can even nibble on raw oats on their own as a healthier alternative to Tums if you need more instant relief. I stocked up on good ‘ol Quaker Old Fashioned Oatmeal throughout my pregnancy (healthy AND super budget-friendly, especially if you buy it in bulk on Amazon).
2. Ginger Root
A natural anti-inflammatory, fresh ginger root is a great acid reflux reducing food. Add it to smoothies, throw it into stir-fry, or steep it in a mug of hot water with some honey and fresh lemon juice for a healthy anti-acid reflux tea (that will also give your immune system a nice boost—super helpful if you’re pregnant during cold and flu season!).
Like ginger root, parsley has a long history as a natural remedy for reducing acid reflux and aiding in digestion, making it great choice if you’re experiencing another common pregnancy symptom—constipation. Parsley is a flavorful way to add fresh seasoning to a number of dishes, including chicken (which also can help reduce acid reflux).
This veggie (which has a slight licorice taste) is great for supporting a healthy stomach, including reducing acid reflux. Delicious in salads, or a great addition to every pregnant girl’s go-to healthy snack…smoothies!
Thanks to a low acid content, melons such as cantaloupe, watermelon, and honeydew are great snack options when the acid reflux starts to hit. The high water content will also give you and your baby a boost of hydration in a yummy way (super important if you’re getting acid reflux from drinking water).
Couscous, along with other complex carbohydrates like brown rice and bulgur, thanks to a big dose of digestive-system-supporting fiber. Add it to soups and stews, or eat it as a healthful side dish.
An alkaline fruit, bananas help neutralize acid in the stomach, ultimately reducing acid relax and heartburn. They can also be easily combined with other acid reflux reducing foods on this list: oatmeal and banana smoothies, fruit bowl made of melon and sliced bananas, for example.
What foods did you eat during pregnancy to reduce acid reflux?