Dealing with Pregnancy Heartburn!

Hey Everyone =) So I don’t know about you but my pregnancy heartburn and acid reflux has been HORRIBLE the past few weeks! I feel fine when I wake up in the morning but it slowly creeps on during the day. Just as i’m about to fall asleep it is in full rage mode!! If you read Common Pregnancy Sleep Problems you know that this is one of the big things that is keeping me (and Daniel) awake at night. It just keeps getting worse as the baby keeps growing!

I have done a lot of research on how to deal with this pregnancy symptom in particular because it is one that is becoming a really big problem! Here is my list of tips on how to deal with PREGNANCY HEARTBURN!!!

Eat smaller meals

Stuffing yourself will only make your stomach fuller which will contribute to acid reflux and heartburn. If you are late in your third trimester, like me, this may not be a problem as your stomach might not be able to handle a lot of food at once with your giant baby inside! But if you don’t have this problem or you are experiencing a raging appetite, this may be more difficult. Try eating smaller meals 5 or 6 times a day instead of 3 big meals a day!

Eat Slowly

Eating your food quickly will only lead to over eating which in turn leads to more heartburn! Try slowing down and enjoying your food instead =)

Sip your drinks

The same goes for beverages. Take it slow! Chugging a giant glass of water will only make your stomach feel fuller which just worsens your heartburn! Also try to avoid drinking during your meal as this will make you fuller much faster.

Avoid lying down after a meal

This is one i’m really guilty of. My favorite thing to do after dinner is lie on the couch and watch one of my favorite shows (I know what your thinking, I have turned into one big pregnant couch potato!) But laying down only aggravates your heartburn by allowing stomach acid to slosh up into your esophagus. Ive been trying to go on walks after dinner or do something around the house instead of laying down right away! Also, going on a walk is a great way to get your digestive track moving or to encourage your baby to come along (if you are full term).

Avoid trigger foods 

These foods only aggravate your tummy juices and make your heartburn worse! These foods include: spicy, fatty, fried foods as well as caffeine, citrus, and other acidic foods like tomatoes! Also avoid carbonated drinks! All these things only lead to stronger heartburn and more discomfort =(

Don’t Eat before bedtime

Just like laying down after a meal, try not to eat close to bedtime. This gives your stomach a chance to calm down and digest some of your meal before laying down for a solid night sleep (If that is even possible for you!) If you MUST eat before bed try eating something light like whole grain toast or some fruits and veggies.

Elevate your head when you sleep

I just started doing this and trust me, it really works! I gather up about three pillows and sleep at a high angle, almost as if i’m sitting up. Of course it can be sort of difficult to find a comfortable position especially as we should avoid sleeping on our backs, but once you settle into a little spot it can really help with that heartburn! You can also try putting bed risers (or anything you have at the house) under the head of your bed so its sitting at an angle. We haven’t done this because our bed is already really high but Daniel’s Dad did this for his wife when she was pregnant and they said it really worked for her!

Wear loose clothing

Wearing tight clothing only restricts your stomach and esophagus even more which can encourage acid reflux. Try wearing loose clothing, especially when going to bed!

Try Heartburn Tea!

You could also try this Earth Mama Angel Baby Organic Heartburn Tea  (I love Earth Mama Products!) They have a special formula designed specifically for relief from heartburn during pregnancy!

I hope this helps! A lot of these tips have really helped me deal with my heartburn the past couple of weeks! Although it hasn’t totally gone away, it is much more manageable and I have been able to get a little bit more sleep (YAY!)

Feel free to comment with any more tips you may have about pregnancy heartburn! Also, remember to subscribe to A Day with Fé for more articles about pregnancy and motherhood! OR follow me on Bloglovin!

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  1. http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20527766,00.html/view-all

Common Pregnancy Sleep Problems

Hey mamas!

If you read My Pregnancy Journey you probably read about how I had been sleeping just fine up until week 33. Well, those days are most definitely OVER! For the past couple of weeks, a good night’s sleep has been a distant memory. Not only am I waking up many times during the night to go to the bathroom (only to have the teeniest little tinkle), once I am awake I can’t seem to get comfortable enough to fall back asleep. If that’s not the issue, then my insane heartburn kicks in and prevents me from falling asleep. I end up tossing and turning for hours before, either finally falling back asleep or giving up altogether!

Silly me, I thought the sleepless nights would come AFTER the baby is born! I had no idea they would come BEFORE! It’s pretty daunting to feel as though I will never ever get a good night sleep ever again! I know I am probably being a little bit dramatic but that’s the exhaustion talking.

Poor Daniel is suffering right along with me. Every time I toss or turn I wake him up and when I do finally fall asleep I end up snoring like mad (according to him) which keeps him up even longer!

This pregnancy restlessness is really starting to take its toll on both of us. Daniel is working on his Masters Thesis (hopefully he will finish up soon!!) so he really needs a good solid night of sleep in order to focus on his work during the day! I’m not working anymore so I don’t really need to be alert for any reason in particular, but I feel exhausted all day long but can’t seem to sleep during the night. I am trying to resist the urge to take naps during the day so I don’t mess up my night sleep even further! Sometimes though, it’s just too hard to resist.

I’ve taken to our best friend Google to research some common pregnancy sleep problems and how to solve them. It seems like many of my fellow future mommies are having some of the same problems as I am!

Note: websites like BabyCenter and What to Expect are extremely helpful for pregnant ladies. I find a lot of valuable information on these sites. 

Some common pregnancy sleep problems include:

1. Trouble getting comfortable

This speaks for itself. You have a belly the size of a watermelon, your back hurts, your hips or pelvis may be in pain due to hormones allowing them to relax and widen, and many other pregnancy related aches and pains. On top of all that the baby seems to start playing soccer in your belly just as you want to hit the sack! It’s no wonder we can’t get comfortable!! I use about three pillows, one for my head, one in between my legs, and one under my belly. Some women also find comfort in putting a pillow behind their back for even more support. Or many women find comfort in a special pregnancy pillow, like the Leachco Snoogle, designed to keep you comfortable with your growing belly!

2. Frequent need to use the bathroom

This one I am very familiar with! I have to pee all the time and my urge wakes me up many times during the night! This is due to the baby being engaged and constricting my bladder which is totally normal during this stage of pregnancy. Babycenter.com suggests slowly decreasing a number of fluids consumed later in the day. This means drinking our 8 glasses of water earlier in the day and limiting your intake as the evening comes closer. I try not to drink too much during my dinner and avoid drinking fluids completely in the hours before bedtime.  It has seemed to cut down on my nighttime bathroom trips, but I still end up with a couple (even though they are tiny!)

3. Heartburn

I’m also very familiar with this one! My pregnancy heartburn has kicked in at full force the past couple of weeks. This is due to both the baby kick and restricting your stomach and also the hormone progesterone (are you familiar with this one? It’s a biggie!) relaxes the muscles of the esophagus which in turn relaxes the valve between the stomach which in turn, you guessed it, leads to heartburn! I have learned that there are many things you can do to prevent (or try to decrease the intensity of) heartburn! Try eating slowly and avoid eating too much. Avoid eating foods that make heartburn worse; spicy foods, acidic foods like citrus and tomatoes, carbonated drinks, caffeine, and fried or fatty foods.  Also, avoid drinking while eating as this may agitate it even further. Another thing you could try is to prop your upper body up with pillows at night or put bed risers under the head of your bed. Also, be sure to avoid eating or drinking too close to bedtime! If you feel like a little bedtime tea you could try this Earth Mama Angel Baby Organic Heartburn Tea! Not only does it have ingredients that help calm heartburn, it also has chamomile to help ease you to sleep and red raspberry leaf to help encourage labor! (Have you read 11 Ways to Induce Labor, Naturally!?)

4. Leg Cramps

So you have finally fallen asleep after tossing and turning and adjusting your pillows a thousand times, and BOOM you wake up to a charlie horse that you just can’t fight! Has this ever happened to you? Although I have been fortunate enough to avoid too many intense leg cramps it does happen time to time and it is not a fun experience. According to Daniel, I have even yelled about leg cramps in my sleep without actually waking up! But if you are one of these mommies who suffers from painful leg cramps you are certainly not alone. Your leg muscles are just a little tired out from carrying around all of your extra weight. They can also be explained by your increase of blood and the pressure that puts on your blood vessels. Regardless of the cause, there is something you can do about it. Try doing some light leg stretches before bedtime. Or you can try taking a warm bath or warm shower to try to relax those muscles. Wear comfortable shoes during the day, and try to take regular walks to get your blood flowing! Also, make sure you are still taking your prenatal vitamin so you are not deficient in any nutrients that could cause leg cramps 😉

5. Hunger

Another common sleep problem is hunger. Have you ever woken up to a grumbling stomach? As your appetite increases during your second and third trimesters it might be hard keep your tummy full throughout the night. When I first entered into my third trimester I felt like I was hungry all the time! I would wake up feeling nauseous and after lying there trying to figure out what I was feeling I realized I was just a little hungry! I would go get myself a midnight snack and fall right back to sleep (unless of course, that pregnancy heartburn would kick in!) In order to avoid this, don’t go to bed hungry! Also try to eat foods that will keep you full longer. Eat whole grains, protein, and vegetables, instead of processed foods and sugars! In the middle of the night grab a bowl of cottage cheese, fresh fruit, or whole grain toast. If you suffer from heartburn, however, this may not be the best idea. Instead focus on eating filling foods throughout the day so you don’t end up starving in the middle of the night.

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6. Snoring

So, I have always been a little bit of a snorer. But since becoming pregnant I have become a booming snoring machine! Although this doesn’t affect me as much as it affects Daniel it’s still an annoying sleep problem. Daniel often wakes me up and has me turn around so I stop snoring so loudly! This pesky sleep symptom is caused by our friendly pregnancy hormones! Higher estrogen swells your nasal passages and your increased blood supply sure doesn’t help either. Unfortunately, there is not a whole lot that can be done about pregnancy snoring. You can try elevating your head a little bit or sleeping on your side (which you should try doing anyway!) Also, the more weight you gain during pregnancy, the worse your snoring may become!

7. Anxiety

Many of us moms-to-be feel some anxiety over our pregnancies and what the future holds. This anxiety can certainly be keeping you up at night! It’s totally normal to feel some anxiety throughout your pregnancy. I have had my fair share of sleepless nights laying awake in bed worrying about all the changes that are going to come, being a good mother, etc. The best thing to do is try to relax and realize everything is going to be okay! If you are having a lot of anxiety or feeling depressed seek help. Talk to your care provider about what you can do, there are many options and this should be taken seriously!

I know this was a lot of information to take in, but hopefully, it will help some of you get a better night’s sleep! Although this list doesn’t cover every single sleep problem you may be experiencing, it does cover the most common! I really hope this helps some of you sleep just a little bit better =)

Let me know how your sleeping goes!! Sweet dreams! <3

Pregnancy Sleep Problems