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How to Deal with Pregnancy Heartburn

Among the many unpleasant symptoms of pregnancy is heartburn -- a common term for stomach acids creeping back up into the esophagus, resulting in a burning sensation usually in the upper chest area. Most often it is related to the growing belly and the lack of space surrounding the developing baby. In addition, the digestive system moves at a slower pace due to the hormonal changes experienced in this stage of pregnancy. Sounds glamorous, doesn't it?

Here's 6 basic tips to help you manage your heartburn symptoms:

  1. Don't eat right before you sleep. Give yourself at least 2-3 hours post dinner before you get horizontal. Laying down after eating could cause the stomach acids to creep upwards unnecessarily. As it is, the digestive system is working slowly so it's important to sit upright post meals.
  2. Sleep elevated. If you find yourself experiencing heartburn during the night, keep yourself propped up with a few extra pillows. While it may not be fun to sleep on an elevation, focus on this at least until the feeling subsides.
  3. Eat smaller, more frequent meals. Towards the third trimester, focus on eating smaller, more frequent meals. Ideally, the meals should be a balanced combination of protein, fats and carbohydrates. A high-fat snack or meal focus could contribute to additional discomfort. This will help you manage your heartburn more easily. In addition, try to avoid the last meal as the largest meal.
  4. Watch what you eat. The most common "heartburn" triggers include caffeine, high-fat foods, greasy foods and over seasoned foods. Consume in moderation and in combination with other food groups. For example, try to not drink coffee on its own but rather with a piece of toast or a cup of oatmeal.
  5. Walk it out. Walking or any low impact cardio especially after a meal is a great way to minimize heartburn symptoms. The activity will not only aid in digestion but also alleviate the body of excess gas.
  6. Try a pregnancy-approved antacid. If none of the above seem to help, some antacids are approved for use during pregnancy. Please consult your doctor ahead of time. Brands like Healthy Mama offer flavored, chewable tablets that provide heartburn relief. It's important to avoid antacids that contain aluminum as it could cause constipation and can even be toxic in large doses. Also, consult your doctor as it's recommended to avoid antacids containing sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) or sodium citrate because both are high in sodium (which causes water retention!)

Mom life demands efficiency. Because while the amount of hours in the day are the same as before kids, now a sizable chunk of that time is spent caring for and loving on those little people. Compromises happen—and let's just be honest, the old beauty routine is one of the first things to get cut.

But, wait! You don't have to sacrifice putting on mascara or, worse, skipping the SPF. Instead, why not flip it, reverse it, and look at the bright side? Here's your opportunity to streamline your morning makeup routine. With some savvy skin care and beauty hacks, you can get your radiant glow on in record time.

Here are our tried-and-true hacks passed down from Motherly mamas:

1. Embrace multipurpose items

If the most pressing issue is limited time, consolidate multiple steps of your beauty routine with a multipurpose item. For example, instead of starting with a SPF moisturizer, followed by spot concealer and a blendable foundation, you can take care of all of that in one go with one of our favorites: Earth Mama's 3-in-one Lady Face™ Tinted Mineral Sunscreen. The beauty stick also allows you to easily fold SPF 40 into your routine, because Lady Face doubles as super-safe, clean sun protection. Even better? The sunscreen blocks blue light from those ever-present digital screens with a ray-scattering, non-nano formula.

2. Revive dried mascara

Especially after a sleepless night (#motherhood), mascara can make a major difference in how well rested you appear to be. If you realize your tube of mascara is dried out, don't write it off as a lost cause. Simply soak the sealed tube in warm water to loosen up the mascara — or add a drop of a multi-purpose saline solution into the tube. That should do the trick until you have time to buy a replacement. (But let's face it: You're a mom. It's okay if you're tired.)

3. Keep coconut oil handy

Coconut oil isn't just for the kitchen. From a DIY hair mask to an in-a-pinch lip balm or naturally removing makeup at the end of the day, coconut oil's cosmetic hack-list is long. For summer, we especially like adding a thin swipe of organic extra virgin coconut oil to the cheekbones at the end of the makeup routine for a bit of an extra glow.

4. Multitask while deep conditioning

If your hair needs a bit of TLC, consider applying a natural, paraben-free deep conditioner before doing chores around the house or even a short workout. By working up a bit of a sweat, the conditioner will set even better before you rinse off in the shower.

5. Start your hair care routine the night before

As you work to find your new normal morning routine, it can help to simply reschedule a task or two—like hair. If you shower the night before, get a jumpstart on your look by blowdrying, straightening or even braiding it for loose waves in the morning.

6. Even out your skin tone

Between multiple wake-ups during the night and wavering hormones, complexion issues can become a thing for most mamas. Thankfully, the hack for managing that is as simple as finding a great foundation that goes on smoothly and doesn't cake or crack through a morning of momming. Scope out the ingredient list for naturally nourishing components like coconut oil, shea butter or beeswax — and skip the stress (and the return process if the shade doesn't match) by going for something that easily blends with most skin tones.

7. Find brands your feel great about

As a mom, you might find yourself considering bigger life questions: Are my cosmetics safe for pregnancy and breastfeeding? Are they helping the world my children will grow up in? Can I trust the ingredients and mission? Pro tip: read the ingredients on all your personal care products, memorize the ones you want to avoid, and look for third-party certification to ensure the product is actually what it says it is. When you find a brand that walks the talk, you're going to want to be loyal.

8. When in doubt, go for a bold lip

With happy hours swapped for play dates, your daily routine may look a bit different than it used to. But who says you have to leave your personal style behind? If you've always been a fan of makeup and going a bit glam, keep going for it, mama! The extra 60 seconds it takes to apply lipstick or whatever else gives you a bit of pep in your step is well worth it.


This article was sponsored by Earth Mama Organics. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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