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How to treat heartburn or acid reflux during pregnancy
Most pregnant women are no strangers to the condition known as heartburn, acid reflux, or acid indigestion. Why? http://twentyyearmom.hubpages.com/hub/Why-do-pregnant-women-get-heartburn-or-acid-reflux 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.