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Healthy Pregnancy


Heartburn is common during pregnancy. It’s caused by the pressure of the growing baby and hormone changes during pregnancy that allow stomach acid to move up to your throat. The following suggestions might help:

  • Do not lie down after eating
  • When you do lie down, raise your head and shoulders
  • Avoid fried or greasy foods
  • Drink fluids between meals, not with meals
  • Avoid coffee, colas, alcohol and smoking
  • Eat slowly. Take the time to chew well
  • Eat small meals and snacks

Some women take an antacid medicine to help with heartburn. An antacid reduces the amount of acid in your stomach. Not all antacids are safe for pregnant women. Check with your doctor before you take one.