Heartburn – a common complaint during pregnancy may be alleviated using some simple diet strategies.

Heartburn is often more of a problem in the latter stages of pregnancy and it commonly occurs at night. Usually, the baby is pressing up on the stomach and intestines causing acid reflux (push up) into the oesophagus.

Anti acid preparations may be prescribed by the attending doctor but diet may also help to alleviate symptoms.

Food tips to try when heart burn makes life miserable:
– limit your food intake before going to bed allow a few hours between your last meal and going to sleep
– limit the amount of food you eat during a meal and rather have smaller meals more frequently
– drink fluids between meals rather than with meals
– do not wear clothes that are too tight around the waist
– eat slowly in an upright position
– try to sit upright for up to 3 hours after a meal
– lift the head of the bed or sleep on a few more pillows at night to raise one’s head whilst sleeping
– Try ginger tea to aid digestion and reduce stomach acid secretion
Better Eat Recipe for Ginger Tea

A 5 cm thumb-sized piece of ginger sliced and steeped in about 2 cups of boiling water for about 5 minutes. Enjoy hot or cold.

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