Eating for Two

Heartburn may start to become a persistent problem as your uterus crowds your stomach and the smooth muscles of your digestive tract remain relaxed from the hormone progesterone. Some tips for putting out the fire include:

  • Avoid greasy, fatty, and spicy foods.

  • Stay away from alcohol and caffeinated drinks (e.g., cola, tea, coffee); these may relax the valve between the stomach and the esophagus and exacerbate heartburn.

  • Eat smaller, more frequent meals instead of three large ones.

  • Drink plenty of water between meals to reduce stomach acid.

  • Don't eat just before you go to bed or lay down to rest.

  • Pile a few extra pillows on the bed to assist gravity in easing heartburn while you sleep.

Another option you have is to keep a food diary to try to determine what your heartburn triggers are to avoid them in the future.

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