Heartburn

Updated 24 June 2014

Beat pregnancy heartburn blues

Pregnant? Heartburn affects most women at some stage of pregnancy. It is commonly linked to eating, bending or lying down.

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Pregnant? Heartburn affects most women at some stage of pregnancy. It is commonly linked to eating, bending or lying down. The simple measures outlined below could make a huge difference – but if they're ineffective, consult your doctor.

Take action:
Eat small, frequent meals; eat slowly; increase your intake of complex carbohydrate foods such as rice and potatoes; avoid foods that aggravate heartburn, such as rich, fatty or spicy food, chocolate, citrus fruit and coffee; don’t drink large amounts of fluid with a meal; stay upright for an hour after eating; lie on your right side – it allows gravity to empty the stomach; sleep propped up with a pillow or elevate the head of your bed if possible; wear clothes that aren’t too tight around the waist; and drink milk or eat yoghurt.

QUIZ: Am I eating correctly to prevent heartburn?

 

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