If you’re pregnant with multiples, chances are you will know the pain, the gross sensation, the burning, the sheer ickiness that is heartburn, aka acid reflux.
I remember watching the ads for Pepto and Mylanta as a kid — they came on TV during the day, and I’d only see them when home sick. I had no idea what they were talking about. And honestly, I thought anyone complaining about some acidic burping sounded like a big wimp.
Was I ever wrong. I started suffering from horrible, nearly constant acid reflux starting from five months into my twin pregnancy. It is awful. Regurgitating your last meal, feeling the acid come up into your throat and mouth, wanting to vomit, and sometimes experiencing pain in the heart and chest so intense you might well believe that you’re having a heart attack — it all sucks. It made the whole experience of eating fiercely unpleasant, knowing that I would start suffering an hour later.
My doctor offered me medication, but I really really tried to avoid any medications at all during my pregnancy and while breastfeeding. I also read a few articles online, like this one, advising me to eat smaller meals, prop myself up with a pillow for sleeping, etc, etc. Nothing helped.
Thank heavens (for me, not for her!) my sister-in-law Erica had suffered acid reflux during her three pregnancies, and she had the prefect solution, one that I couldn’t find anywhere online.
All-natural, organic Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar. I ran this by my Ob-gyn and he said, “Oh sure! Great. You can drink as much as that as you want. It is totally harmless to you and your babies.”
WTF? Why didn’t you bother mentioning it, then?
But never mind. I would put a few tablespoons into a glass, add another 4 oz or so of room temperature water, and gulp it down whenever I started to feel heartburn coming on… and woosh!!! All symptoms would magically disappear! I started drinking a glass every morning and most evenings as a preventative measure.
I didn’t mind the taste, so mixing the apple cider vinegar with water worked just fine for me. However, you can fancy up the beverage and make it into a truly enjoyable cocktail by adding some fresh ginger (also good for treating acid reflux), fresh squeezed lemon juice, and honey. Yum yum yummy!
Let me know if it works for you as well as it did for me.