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Nurse Goodwin

Heartburn is most common during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy. When you’re pregnant, the muscles leading into your stomach become more relaxed. This can allow some back flow of your stomach’s contents into the esophagus, which causes a burning sensation under your breastbone. Here are some tips that may help reduce heartburn:

  • Eat six to eight small meals each day
  • Eat slowly, and be sure to chew food well
  • Avoid deep fried, greasy, and spicy foods
  • Drink fluids between your meals
  • Avoid citrus fruits and juices
  • Go for a walk after meals
  • Avoid lying down right after eating
  • Antacids can help, but be sure to check with your provider first, and
  • Raise the head of your bed by building a comfortable wedge of pillows to rest on

Be sure to talk to your healthcare team if you have persistent heartburn that’s not relieved by antacids, or if your heartburn is associated with persistent nausea and vomiting.