Jessa Duggar Asks Fans for Advice on How to Deal with a Common Pregnancy Problem

Jessa Duggar Seewald is expecting her third child, and she recently took to Instagram to ask fans for help dealing with a common pregnancy problem. The 26-year-old is currently 31 weeks along, and as she explained in the post, she’s dealing with some pretty serious heartburn.

“I’ve heard the old wives tale that heartburn in pregnancy means baby will be born with lots of hair. If there’s any truth in that, then this one ought to have a head full,” she wrote.

Heartburn is common in pregnancy

Jessa’s heartburn troubles are pretty common. Half of expecting women experience heartburn daily, according to WebMD, especially during the second and third trimesters. The mom of two — who is due in June — also said she experienced heartburn when she was pregnant with her son Spurgeon.

Jessa isn’t totally off base in wondering if her heartburn could be related to her baby’s hair. A study published in Birth found that there was a correlation between the severity of a pregnant woman’s heartburn and how much hair her baby had when it was born. The researchers thought that the hormones that causes a baby’s hair to grow could be connected to heartburn, suggesting there might be some truth to that particular pregnancy myth.

Still, Jessa admitted that her heartburn was likely related to the foods she was eating. “Anyone want to weigh in based on personal experience?” she asked. “Also, any natural heartburn remedies that are recommended in pregnancy?”

Fans had some suggestions to help Jessa out

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Jessa Duggar, Jinger Duggar, Jill Duggar, and Jana Duggar with AJ Calloway in 2014 | D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Extra

The Counting On star’s fans chimed in with some suggestions of what might help her deal with her nasty heartburn. Many recommended apple cider vinegar, while other voted for pickle juice or mustard. (The Harvard Health Blog says there’s no evidence to support the idea that apple cider vinegar can treat heartburn.)  Others said that milk and other dairy products like ice cream had helped with their heartburn. However, the fat in milk could make your heartburn worse, according to WebMD. Ginger tea, drops, and candies were another natural remedy some proposed. And a few people suggested the old over-the-counter standby Tums.

According to WebMD, if you’re suffering from heartburn during pregnancy, you can try eating slowly and consuming several smaller meals per day, rather than three large ones. Steering clear of food that is spicy or fatty can also help, as can drinking less while you eat. You should also avoid lying down right after you eat. Elevating your shoulders and your head as you sleep can also prevent stomach acids from rising into the esophagus, which is what causes the burning sensation most associate with heartburn.

Heartburn medications like Tums or Maalox are generally OK to use if you are pregnant, according to WebMD, but you should always check with your doctor to make sure that or any other treatment you use is safe for both you and the baby.

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