Pregnancy and Heartburn

Heartburn is when food and stomach acid backs up into your throat.  The acid from your stomach causes a burning feeling.  Many women have heartburn when they are pregnant.  It may be painful for you but it will not hurt your baby.  Signs you might have heartburn are:-

  • a burning feeling in your chest after eating a meal
  • a burning feeling in your chest when you lie down or bend over
  • a sour or bitter taste in your throat when you lie down or sleep

 

Tips that might help relieve and prevent heartburn

  • Eat 5 or 6 small meals throughout the day instead of fewer, larger meals
  • Eat slowly
  • Chew your food well
  • Drink liquids and soups 1 hour before, or after meals, rather than with meals
  • Wait 1 hour or more after eating meals before you lie down
  • Sleep with your head and upper body raised higher than your stomach
  • Wear loose fitting clothing

 

Foods and Heartburn

Eat and drink less of:

  • greasy foods
  • fried foods
  • spicy foods
  • chocolate
  • coffee or tea
  • soft drinks

Eat and drink more of:

  • oven-baked foods
  • crackers
  • fresh fruit
  • fresh veggies
  • water
  • milk

 

Antacids for heartburn during pregnancy

If you take an antacid, take your prenatal vitamin at the opposite time of day, for example if you take at 6am then the vitamin should be taken at 6pm.  Talk to your doctor if your heartburn gets worse and before taking any medications for your heartburn as some are NOT safe in pregnancy.

 

Stay healthy.  Premier Service Medical Aid Society values your health!