How to treat pregnancy heartburn

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‘Tis the season for eating, but for pregnant Mamas battling heartburn, mealtime can quickly turn into an uncomfortable — even painful — experience.

During the second half of pregnancy, many moms are plagued with heartburn (also called acid indigestion or acid reflux). Heartburn is characterized by a burning sensation experienced from the bottom of the breastbone to the lower throat.

While fairly harmless, it can be quite uncomfortable, and last until baby’s arrival. Here’s what you need to know to help relieve heartburn during pregnancy.

What causes heartburn during pregnancy?

There are a couple factors that cause acid reflux during pregnancy. First is a hormone called progesterone, which is produced by the placenta to relax the muscles of the uterus. Unfortunately, the hormone also relaxes the stomach valves that keeps acid out of the esophagus.

In addition, your ever-expanding uterus crowds the stomach, forcing acid into the esophagus.

Your heartburn may be worse if you’re pregnant with more than one baby, your baby is very large (macrosomia) or if its in a breech position.

“How do I prevent pregnancy heartburn?”

There are several tried-and-true ways to relieve heartburn while you’re expecting.

Eat small meals. Try five or six smaller meals a day to avoid stuffing yourself or becoming overly full.

Eat slowly. Relax and enjoy your meals. Scarfing down food too quickly can lead to heartburn and indigestion. Eating slowly will also help you avoid overeating, and give your stomach and brain time to register that you’re full.

Keep a food journal. Logging down what you eat and drink will help you identify heartburn triggers. For many, the usual culprits include caffeine, fatty, fried or spicy foods, chocolate, carbonated drink, tomatoes, vinegar, mustard and citrus.

Sip on liquids in between meals. Try sippin’ on fluids between meals, rather than while you’re eating. Drinking liquids while eating dilutes your digestive juices, making them less effective.

Chew gum after meals. Pop in a stick of gum after meals to cleanse your palette and help neutralized acid with your saliva.

Don’t lie down. After a meal, keep yourself propped up on the couch or get some housework done — anything but lying down. If you go horizontal, it increases the likelihood that acid will wash back up into your esophagus.

Avoid meals right before bedtime. For the reason above, give yourself three hours of buffer time between dinner and hitting the sack.

Prop yourself up as you sleep. To keep heartburn at bay, plop a couple pillows under your upper body as you sleep.

“Uh oh, too late. How do I help relieve pregnancy heartburn?”

Bust out the ginger. While there’s not much scientific proof behind it, many women swear by ginger for nausea, vomiting and upset tummies. Try an herbal tea for nausea (our Happy Mornings tea for morning sickness has the perfect kick of ginger), some fizzy gingerale or ginger candies.

Turn to milk or yogurt. The American Pregnancy Association recommends a tablespoon of honey in a glass of warm milk, as well.

Try an over-the-counter antacid. For heartburn sufferers, a bottle of Tums is a must-have. Antacids can give you an extra jolt of calcium, which is good for Mama and baby. Doctors advice staying away from antacids with aluminum or sodium bicarbonate (baking soda).

If none of these solutions work, talk to your caregiver about exploring prescription heartburn medications.

Are you suffering from heartburn during your pregnancy? What are your triggers? How do you relieve your heartburn? Share below!

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The Spoiled Mama’s holiday wishlist

One of the best parts of being in the maternity skincare business is meeting all the wonderful entrepreneurs who are innovating awesome baby products and services. And with the holidays around the corner, I thought I’d share some of my favorite new products.

Start building your wish lists now, Mamas!

Lalabu Soothe Shirt
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For new Mamas, the Lalabu Soothe shirt ($60) is a must-have three-in-one. It serves as a stylish top for mom, a cozy sling for baby and a nursing bra — awesome, right?

Manufactured in the USA , the Soothe Shirt uses imported fabrics to provide all the intimacy of a wrap without the complexity and fuss. 

Founders Keri and Brian Fosse created the shirt after visiting Burkina Faso, Africa, where they met a mother-of-seven named Lalabu. The Mama demonstrated for the couple an easy-to-use, hands-free wrap native to the region, and Keri and Brian were inspired to create their own version in America.

The best part? Lalabu gives one day a week to work on projects for local nonprofits and partner with Kiva to give one dollar per sale to women in African communities.

Snappy Socks for babies & infants

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Snappy Socks (from $5.99) provide a simple solution to one of life’s most frustrating problems: lost, mismatched socks.

Founder Corla Rokochy created Snappy Socks after she became fed up with hunting down the missing socks of her five children. She designed these socks, each with a snap on the inside, to lock pairs together and make her life — and the rest of ours — a lot easier.

Snappy Socks come in a variety of colors and patterns, and are available for little babes and older babes (i.e. you).

Mommi 3-in-1 Prenatal Shakes

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One of my favorite new companies is Mommi, which I’m so thrilled to be reviewing on our blog shortly! We all know how important it is for pregnant women to deliver crucial vitamins to their developing babes, and Mommi ensures just that.

With their delicious prenatal shakes, each serving of Mommi 3-in-1 (starting at $3) provides expecting mothers with the full 15 grams of premium whey protein, 100% of the daily recommended prenatal vitamins and 200 mg of DHA they need.

This is a must-have for all expecting Mamas, especially those who are working, on-the-go or simply need the convenience.

FlyeBaby Infant Travel Seat

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For traveling new parents, FlyeBaby provides a hammock-type seat on airplanes for babies. This unique carrier allows you to play, feed and hold your infant while leaving your lap and hands free — a luxury, especially on longer-flights.

Using a five-point harness system designed for babies up to 25 pounds, FlyeBaby straps securely around your waist and on the tray table. (Fret not: this doesn’t jostle your neighbor’s seat, nor pose any danger when their seat reclines.)

Once you unboard, the seat can be converted into a highchair or folded and stored in a carrying pouch for easy storage!

Which of these products would you try? What’s on your wish list? Tell us below!

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Giveaway: Sugar scrub for stretch mark prevention

Happy November, Mamas! With the hectic holidays around the corner, we want to treat THREE lucky moms to a lil’ treat. That’s right, it’s time for another giveaway!

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In addition to Indulge, our signature body polish for stretch mark prevention, our seasoned Spoiled Mamas know we occasionally release limited edition sugar scrubs. This time, we’re proud to present Luscious, a citrus and vanilla body polish that is yum-yum-delicious!

Its warm, inviting vanilla scent and citrus punch reminds us of orange Dreamsicles — a favorite treat from childhood. However, there’s no guilt when you reach for this body polish over and over again: Luscious is a 100% organic sugar scrub made with a special blend of vitamin-rich oils.

Laden with essential fatty acids, the sugar exfoliates, softens and rejuvenates your skin. Every gentle massage increases blood flow to stretch mark prone areas, and add much needed moisture to stressed, stretching skin.

In addition to applying a belly butter to your tummy to prevent pregnancy stretch marks use Luscious body polish to exfoliate and hydrate dry skin during pregnancy.

Luscious is a staff FAVE, and we can’t wait to share its sugary goodness with you!

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Here’s your chance to win this body polish for stretch mark prevention for yourself or a friend (remember: this beauty treat is awesome for postpartum or non-expectant women as well).

Good luck Mamas!

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Fine print: Giveaway runs through Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 12 a.m. PST. No purchase necessary. Winner will be chosen randomly and have 72 hours to claim prize once contacted. Please allow 3-6 weeks for delivery. Shipping is included. Contest is open to Mamas in the contiguous U.S., excluding Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rice.
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Are you applying skincare in the correct order?

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Whether you’re chasing the pregnancy glow or on a mission to brighten and lighten, there’s a common beauty mistake many women — and even skincare specialists — are guilty of. Even if you’ve done thorough research to find the perfect toxin-free skincare, the products are rendered useless if you apply them out of order!

That’s right, if you’re applying skincare in the wrong sequence, you’re wasting time, effort and money!

Does the order of skincare applied really matter?

Yes M’am! Not only does the order matter, but the timing between application is equally important! Using skincare in sequential order ensures you receive the full benefits of each product.

Order becomes especially important when we break down the ingredients of each product to their very molecules. For instance, the tiny molecules of your pricey serum don’t hold a chance of crossing the barrier of a heavy cream; therefore the serum (and all its goodness) will sit on top of the moisturizer, basically doing — well, nothing! Womp, womp.

Which order should I be applying my beauty products?

Basically you want to move from thinnest to thickest; from water-based to oil-based products. Keep in mind everyone’s skin has different needs, so listen to what your skin tells you and adjust your routine accordingly.

1) Cleanser. Choose a gentle, water-soluble cleanser to remove makeup, debris and oil. A clean surface will help your facial products work effectively.

2) Toner. Many people skip toner, but it actually removes dirt left over by your cleanser, any remaining traces of makeup and — according to the formula — provide your freshened face with vitamins, antioxidants and botanicals. If you need more guidance, here’s how to pick the best toner for your face.

Allow toner to air dry on your face. This usually takes just under a minute.

3) Spot treatment or medicated creams. Any prescription medications, anti aging creams and spot treatments should be applied closest to the skin for maximum potency. Here’s the time to tackle any unsightly blemishes, mask of pregnancy (or melasma) and treat fine lines. 

Allow treatment at least five minutes before applying the next layer.

4) Serums. Nutrient-rich serums are also best near the skin. If you have multiple serums, work your way from lightest (liquids) to gels, then cream formulas.

5) Eye cream (optional/night time only). Eye creams are special serums made for your eye area, which is especially delicate and needs extra TLC as you age. Eye creams are recommended during the evening, as their thicker formula needs time to penetrate skin.

6) Moisturizer. Moisturizers, usually thickest, go on last. They are designed to sink in slower, and lock in the skin’s moisture during the day or night. Choose a toxin-free moisturizer, especially when you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

7) Facial oil (optional). If your skin is especially dry, use a facial oil to give your skin a boost! Rich in nutrients, a good facial oil helps soften, smooth and hydrate. I love using our Bump Gloss stretch mark oil when my skin needs that extra lovin’.

8) Sunscreen (for daytime). Sunscreen goes on last. Apply in the morning, before your makeup, to make sure your skin receives proper protection from the sun.

Peek-a-BOO: Halloween costumes for pregnant Mamas

‘Tis the season for changing leaves, butternut squash soup and spOoOkiness!

With Halloween just a couple weeks away, it’s time to use your baby bump to your full advantage — with fun and wacky costumes of course! Whether you choose to use body paint or don face paint, make sure you use the same caution as you would with your non-toxic pregnancy skincare.

Just because a face/body paint is labeled “safe” or “toxin-free” doesn’t mean it won’t irritate your skin. Before putting on your ensemble, test the body paint on a small part of your body first, and  immediately wash off and discard if irritation appears.

Now with our safety PSA over, let’s look at some of our fave Halloween costumes for pregnant moms!

1. A spooky mummy

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If you’re short on time, this is the perfect quick and easy Halloween costume for a pregnant Mama! Here’s an expecting Jessica Simpson sporting a similar full body version:

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2) Pot o’ Gold Belly Bump

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Feeling lucky? Dress up your bump as a pot of gold! We love her awesome rainbow wig and jingling coins. Perfect for a couple or solo act.

3. Trucker Mama

 

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Grab a trucker hat, mustache, beer can annnnnnd voila — your Halloween costume is done! Comfy, easy and funny. If you’ve got a partner, we love this hilarious  pairing below.

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4. Troll Doll (for all your 90s Mamas)

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For all you 90s ladies, this one’s a creative throwback. Still as strange and creepy as it was back then, this Halloween costume will surely turn some heads!

5. Zombie Baby Bump

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If you’re more for gore, check out how these Mamas outfitted their bumps. We always love a good Day of the Dead face make up (above), and the breaking through baby (below) never fails to give us the heebie jeebies.

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6. The Miley Cyrus “Wrecking Ball” Mama

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For pop culture divas with a sense of humor, you can’t get much better than this Miley Cyrus “Wrecking Ball” costume. To complete this Halloween look, you’ll definitely need to get that tongue wag down .

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