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How to treat heartburn or acid reflux during pregnancy

Updated on July 31, 2012

Most pregnant women are no strangers to the condition known as heartburn, acid reflux, or acid indigestion. Why? There are, however, ways to treat it that will not affect the health of a fetus negatively.

Some tips to prevent or treat reflux are as follows:

  • Avoid foods that you have noticed give you heartburn. For most women, the main culprits are spicy foods and carbonated beverages.
  • Do not over eat. Grazing throughout the day would be a better choice.
  • Don't eat right before lying down. It's better to stay sitting up for at least an hour after eating, to let gravity assist the acid toward its proper destination.
  • If you must go to bed, stay propped up with pillows
  • .If you must bend over, bend at the knee, not at the waist. Bending at the waist will only help the acid finish its journey towards your mouth.
  • Drink some milk. The extra calcium will also be appreciated by your baby.
  • Take an antacid chew, making sure that the chew does not include any aspirin, aluminum, or any other kind of pain reliever. If you are unsure about a certain formula, always consult with your physician.
  • One teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water has been known to help. It may not taste the best in the world, but it is fairly natural and effective.
  • Ask your doctor for a prescription for an approved antacid.


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