Heartburn and indigestion are common in pregnancy, occurring usually in the third trimester. The hormones of pregnancy that facilitate birth are mainly responsible for heartburn and indigestion, as they tend to relax the oesophagus and allow stomach acid to move upwards towards the oesophagus. This causes a burning sensation that is experienced as heartburn.
How to minimise heartburn
- Small, frequent meals can prevent your stomach from becoming too full and potentially regurgitating.
- Sitting upright for up to an hour after meals: this can assist the food to stay down.
- Drinking milk: small amounts sipped through the day.
- Avoiding spicy, hot foods
- Avoiding having a large meal in the hours before bedtime: make breakfast and lunch your largest meals.
- Drinking water throughout the day
- Avoiding coffee and sugar
- Peppermint tea
- Avoiding fizzy drinks
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