How can I reduce heartburn symptoms without hurting my baby?

  • Eat several small meals each day instead of three large ones.
  • Eat slowly.
  • Avoid fried, spicy, or rich foods, or any foods that seem to increase your heartburn.
  • Don't lie down immediately after eating.
  • Keep the head of your bed higher than the foot of your bed. Or, place pillows under your shoulders to help prevent stomach acids from rising into your chest.
  • Ask your doctor about trying over-the-counter heartburn relievers such as Tums® or Maalox®.

If your heartburn persists, see your doctor. He or she may prescribe medications that are safe to take during pregnancy.

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