03/18/2013 02:48 pm ET Updated Mar 20, 2013

Heartburn Relief During Pregnancy

It's that last stretch of pregnancy, when you can almost see the finish line — and it seems like your heartburn wants to stay with you every step of the way. Nearly half of your expectant running mates have also been feeling your pain — probably for most of their pregnancies — and with good reason. Among the smooth muscles that are loosening and relaxing under the strict orders of your hormonal regime at 36 weeks pregnant is that ring of muscle that separates the esophagus from the stomach. When this muscle loosens, the harsh digestive juices from your tummy back up into your esophagus. The stomach acids irritate the sensitive esophageal lining (right around where your heart is, though it has nothing to do with your heart), creating heartburn during pregnancy. Luckily, there are some steps you can take to put the fire out. Get heartburn relief during pregnancy with these methods: