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Tips for expecting mothers to avoid heartburn
Lifestyle plays a major role in preventing and managing heartburn during pregnancy. Some tips that can help expecting mothers include:
1. Proper food
Avoid trigger foods that can worsen heartburn symptoms. These may include spicy, fatty, or fried foods, citrus fruits, chocolate, caffeine, carbonated drinks, and acidic foods. Opt for lighter, less irritating options that are gentle on the stomach.
2. Eat slowly and chew thoroughly
Take enough time while eating and make sure to chew the food thoroughly. Eating slowly can help prevent overeating and improve digestion, reducing the likelihood of heartburn.
3. Stay upright after meals
Avoid lying down or reclining immediately after eating. Instead, remain in an upright position for at least two to three hours after meals. This helps keep the stomach acids down and reduces the chances of acid reflux.
4. Sleep with the upper body elevated
Elevate the upper part of the body while sleeping by propping up pillows or using a wedge-shaped pillow. This can help prevent stomach acids from flowing back into the oesophagus while sleeping.
5. Wear loose clothes
Tight clothing, especially around the abdomen, can put pressure on the stomach and aggravate heartburn symptoms. It is advised to opt for loose-fitting, comfortable clothing that doesn’t constrict the abdomen.
6. Proper hydration
Drink plenty of water throughout the day to maintain proper hydration. However, avoid drinking large amounts of fluids during mealtime, as this can contribute to feelings of fullness and increase the risk of heartburn.
7. Stress management
Stress and anxiety can worsen heartburn symptoms. Engage in stress-reducing activities such as gentle exercises, deep breathing exercises, meditation, or prenatal yoga to help manage stress levels and promote relaxation.
8. Regular consultation
If heartburn symptoms persist or become severe, it is recommended to consult the healthcare provider for further guidance. They can recommend safe and suitable antacids or other medications to help manage heartburn during pregnancy.
Note: While these tips may help, it is best to talk to your doctor before making changes in your lifestyle.