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How do I Prevent Heartburn in Early Pregnancy?

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There are several ways to prevent heartburn in early pregnancy, including sleeping with your head slightly elevated, and cutting back on spicy, fried, and fatty foods. Do not eat your dinner prior to bedtime, and wait a few hours before lying down after eating a meal. You should avoid caffeine as much as possible, as this can also lead to stomach distress.

If you are suffering from heartburn in early pregnancy, you may want to avoid eating chocolate as chocolate can cause heartburn for many individuals, and the symptoms may be heightened during pregnancy. This would include chocolate candy, syrups, and anything chocolate flavored. Peppermint may also cause heartburn, so you might want to avoid that as well.

During early pregnancy, it is common to have food cravings. If you know certain foods cause you stomach distress, do your best to avoid them altogether. Eat several small meals throughout the day, rather than two or three large ones. It will be easier for you to digest a small meal. By eating smaller portions, you will be less likely to experience stomach acid that can occur from over-eating.

Many people experience heartburn from drinking caffeine, and during your pregnancy you should avoid coffee completely. Caffeine is a stimulant that is not healthy for you or your unborn child. If decaffeinated tea doesn't seem to bother you, this may be a better choice.

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Foods with high acidic levels, such as citrus fruits should also be avoided. Vinegar may cause heartburn, and should also be avoided. If you notice that orange juice or lemons produce heartburn in early pregnancy, avoid consuming these. You may get your vitamin C from prenatal vitamin supplements your physician has prescribed.

If you notice that colas and other soft drinks give you heartburn, avoid carbonated drinks. Carbonation may cause excessive bloating and gas, which can lead to acid back-up and heartburn. Be sure to consume plenty of water, and other non-carbonated drinks.

Try to raise the head of your bed about 6 inches (15 cm) if you experience heartburn in early pregnancy during the night. This can be done with the use of a board or blocks placed under the front of the bed. Alternately, you may use an extra pillow to keep your head elevated.

Even without symptoms of heartburn in early pregnancy, you should never consume alcoholic beverages. Alcohol can not only cause symptoms of heartburn, it can contribute to health complications in your unborn child. Restricting the consumption of alcohol in any form is crucial to prenatal care.

During your pregnancy you should wear loose and comfortable clothing. Do not choose clothes that seem to fit too tightly around the abdomen. This may help reduce symptoms of heartburn as well.

If you feel you need additional help in controlling your symptoms of heartburn in early pregnancy, consult with your health provider. Before taking an over-the-counter antacid, it is best to ask your doctor first. You need to be certain that you take a medication that is safe for you and your unborn child.

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anon278066
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This article is really helpful just like the ones from the topic of heartburn in early pregnancy in adults. Through these, I have been able to enjoy the rest of my pregnancy.

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