Roots Birth & Women’s Health

Heartburn During Pregnancy

What can I do?

  • Eat smaller portions, more frequently
  • Drink liquids in between meals, instead of at the same time as meals
  • Avoid common triggers like spicy, greasy, and fatty foods, as well as chocolate and caffeine
  • Stay upright for 1-3 hour after meals
  • Go on a walk after meals
  • Try to gain the recommended amount of weight during your pregnancy
  • Avoid constricting clothing, like tight waistbands
  • Elevate your upper body when you are lying down (try putting blocks under the head of your bed, use pillows, or sleep in a recliner

What are some natural remedies?

  • Peppermint Tea (Try taking sips during heartburn attacks and after meals)
  • Chamomile Tea (Try taking sips during heartburn attacks and after meals)
  • Baking Soda and Water (Only use this in moderation: dissolve ½-1 tsp of baking soda per glass of water)
  • Ginger (Can have in tea, use in cooking, or chewing on a fresh piece)
  • Celery Sticks
  • Raw Almonds
  • Apple Cider Vinegar (1-2 tsp at a time, it can also be mixed with honey or with mustard)
  • Mustard (1-2 spoonfuls, it takes 1-2 minutes to work)
  • Pickle Juice
  • Pineapple
  • Yogurt or Milk
  • Lemon Juice (1 tsp lemon juice in ½ glass of water)
  • Slippery Elm Lozenges (2-4 at a time)
  • Marshmallow Root (1 cup of tea twice a day. To make the tea, steep 1 tbsp of marshmallow root in 1 cup of water for 30min, then strain and drink. You can also take 2 capsules 2-4x daily)
  • Chewing Gum
  • Papaya Enzymes
  • Fennel Seeds
  • Coconut Water


  • Antacids
    • Tums are best, avoid Alka-Seltzer
    • Don’t take antacids at the same time as your prenatal vitamin or iron supplements
  • Talk to your provider about prescriptions if you need them, there are many safe options!