How to Reduce Heartburn During Pregnancy
Curious on how to reduce heartburn during pregnancy? Mothers-to-be avoid tobacco and alcohol to protect their babies, but the healthy practice also may help them reduce heartburn, U.S. doctors say. Members of the American College of Gastroenterology say hormones and the enlarging uterus make heartburn more likely for pregnant women. However, they suggest pregnant women:-- Avoid eating late at night and don't recline after eating. It's best to wait three hours after eating before going to bed.-- Avoid heartburn triggers such as greasy or spicy foods, chocolate, peppermint, tomato sauce, caffeine, carbonated drinks and citrus fruits.-- Reduce acid reflux by decreasing the gastric contents that reach the lower esophagus by raising the head of the bed 4 to 6 inches. Wear loose-fitting cloths that don't put pressure on the abdomen. Reflux can also be helped by simply reducing the gastric contents by eating smaller meals.-- Take antacids only according to doctors' instructions -- magnesium-containing antacids are considered safe for pregnant women, but should be avoided during the last trimester of pregnancy because it could interfere with uterine contractions during labor.