By Mediconsult's Nutrition Services
Q. What can I do about heartburn?
A. Below are some tips to help you reduce heartburn by making changes in your diet. It is important to report heartburn that is not alleviated by dietary manipulation and affects your ability to eat to your physician immediately. Low food and fluid intake can jeopardize maternal and fetal health. Antacids or other medications should not be taken over the counter unless discussed specifically with your physician as some are safer than others.
Coping With Heartburn
- Eat and drink slowly.
- Use smaller, more frequent meals eating every 2-3 hours.
- Eat bland foods and avoid offensive foods which can include garlic, onion, acidic fruits and vegetables, and/or spicy foods.
- Avoid fatty or fried foods as these are slow to digest and keep food in your stomach longer. This increases your chances of heartburn.
- Caffeine-containing foods and beverages can further relax the LES. They also contribute to dehydration and should be avoided.
- Do not lie flat for at least 2 hours after eating.
- Wear loose fitting clothing.
- Limit stress and situations that may increase stress.