Heartburn in pregnancy can be quite distressing and cause a lot of discomfort for women at this time. It is caused by the pregnancy maintaining hormone, Progesterone, which causes the valve at the top of the stomach to relax, which allows small amounts of acid to rise up into the oesophagus. This results in a burning sensation and usually affects 50% of all pregnant women. The normal cause of this is the upward pressure of the womb on the stomach. Homeopathis treatment for heartburn in pregnancy can really help to ease the discomfort.
The symptoms can be reduced by eating small meals at frequent intervals, rather than larger meals. There are a number of homeopathic remedies that can be very effective in treating this problem. Examples are:
Nux Vomica may help if there is also a bitter metallic taste, a bloated full feeling in the stomach. There is also a feeling of fullness and sluggishness.
Sulphur. This homeopathic remedy will help if the heartburn is worse in the morning, and there is a craving for sweet foods. There may also be belching with a sour taste, and drinking milk will make the heartburn worse.
The homeopathic remedy, Phosphorus, is indicated if there is a craving for ice cold drinks, which are vomited up. There may also be a craving for salt, spicy foods and chocolate, which can all aggravate the heartburn.
It would be recommended to consult a qualified homeopath during the early stages of pregnancy to maintain an optimum level of health throughout the pregnancy. This will help to ensure both mother and baby, are in a good state of health throughout the pregnancy.