I just experienced heartburn for the first time ever. Owey, boy was I uncomfortable! I ate a normal sized dinner about four hours before bedtime. I felt a little too full after eating but that’s to be expected during pregnancy, all the organs are squished tightly into the abdomen. My husband and I went for a short walk after the baby went to bed and then we got ready to go to sleep also.
I woke up several hours into sleep with an awful pain in my upper stomach. I had to get up and walk around but it kept hurting! Standing up straight and tall seemed to ease the pain a little but it was still there stabbing me just under the rib cage. I just kept pacing at the foot of our bed trying to make myself burp. I felt nauseous and in pain. Each tiny burp relieved the pain slightly and I sensed that if I could get this whole gas bubble out of my stomach that the pain would go away.
I did a stretch that I learned during my prenatal yoga teacher training that is suppose to help with heartburn. It kind of helped…. You kneel on the floor facing the wall about 6-8 inches from it and place both hands on the wall about eye level. Then press the chest towards the wall at the same time sitting the buttocks back towards the heels without moving the hands. It helps create some space in the abdomen and opens the chest. You’ll have to see for yourself if it helps! I’ll defiantly try it again if I find myself in this unfortunate situation in the future.
After being up for more than an hour and a half, stretching, pacing, burping, desperately trying to make it stop, it finally eased up. Oh and I took some of the baby’s tummy tonic tincture. It contains fennel, ginger and peppermint which are all safe for pregnancy. Peppermint is not normally an herb advised for those prone to heartburn because it loosens the esophageal sphincter, but because I was trying to get myself to burp, loosening that was part of what I was aiming to achieve. The other herbs are super calming and good for tummy troubles so I give all of that a thumbs up.