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Acidity and heartburn are quite common during pregnancy. However, by following simple precautions you can prevent this condition. Dr Aruna Kalra, Director and Senior Gynaecologist Surgeon, CK Birla Hospital shares few simple tips to prevent acidity and reflux during pregnancy.
Avoid eating late at night or before retiring to bed. Make sure you maintain a gap of at least three hours between your meals and bedtime.
Do not raise the head of the bed by six inches. This is because, in such a case stomach acids will have to travel uphill to reach the esophagus, which further makes things worse.
Avoid foods like tea coffee aerated drinks. These foods are known as trigger foods as they intensify your heartburn. Hence, eliminating these foods from the diet is not a bad idea.
Do not take OTC antacids. Disturbance of bowel function is common in pregnancy, which is frequently responsive to conservative medical therapy. However, do not take antacids without consulting from your doctor.
Avoid having heavy meals. Instead, go for mini meals like eat less but more often. So if you have three large meals cut it down to six mini meals along with increasing the intake of fluids to prevent acidity.