Hungry Heart

Adventures in healthy living

Feeling the “Burn”

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I had some mild pregnancy symptoms in my first trimester:

  • a little nausea that wasn’t bad as long as I kept food in my stomach. I was lucky enough to never actually get sick
  • acne for a few weeks, especially by my jawline. This has since calmed down a little.
  • sore boobs
  • lack of interest in food
  • some digestive issues (I won’t go into detail on those, but I have never been so aware of my digestive system in my life)
  • and the usual fatigue

Thankfully almost most of these symptoms have faded now that Baby T is 15 weeks.
Except one.


I have had heartburn from almost the day that I got pregnant.
It has nothing to do with the tiny little one growing inside me. Yet.

I have suffered from acid reflux (GERD) since I was 21.
I blame it on all the cheap gin I drank in college.

I have always been able to manage my heartburn with a prescription PPI (Nexium, Prilosec, etc).
Unfortunately, you cannot take those medications while pregnant, as they can cause birth defects.

At first I thought I might be ok, since my heartburn has always been worse when I drink coffee or alcohol. Since I haven’t been drinking either of those, I thought my symptoms might not be so bad.
It doesn’t seem to make any difference what foods I eat, I have heartburn nearly every single day.

For now I am managing to get by just chewing Tums or chugging Maalox. But I am a little concerned about when Baby T actually starts to cause the heartburn.
How could it possibly get worse?!

That being said, I have stopped limiting things in my diet that might give me heartburn (orange juice, tomatoes, spicy food).
I’m going to get heartburn anyway, I might as well eat what I like.

Take last night’s dinner:

Layered bean dip with plenty of jalapenos.
I made my own re-fried black beans with onion, garlic, jalapenos, and spices.
I layered it in a dish with cheese, salsa, lettuce, tomatoes, homemade guacamole, and sour cream.
Eaten with blue corn chips as utensils.

Here are a few of my other heartburn inducing meals from last week:

A Five Guys Little Cheeseburger and fries

Scrambles eggs with onion, ham, tomatoes, avocado, and covered in hot sauce
The most delicious BLT ever; with avocado, onion, and Sriracha sauce

I have a feeling the heartburn is sticking around for the next few months…..

One Comment

  1. so funny! go down swingin’!
    For the next 25 weeks you can be the boss of that baby…after that well, the boss will be baby :)
    can’t wait.
    pictures are really great.

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