Heartburn During Pregnancy

Heartburn happens when stomach acid goes up into the esophagus. The esophagus is the tube between the mouth and the stomach. This acid causes a burning pain in the chest or throat. This happens more often in the later part of pregnancy because the womb (uterus) gets larger. It may also happen because of hormone changes. Heartburn problems often go away after giving birth.

HOME CARE

  • Take all medicine as told by your doctor.

  • Raise the head of your bed with blocks only as told by your doctor.

  • Do not exercise right after eating.

  • Avoid eating 2 or 3 hours before bed. Do not lie down right after eating.

  • Eat small meals throughout the day instead of 3 large meals.

  • Avoid foods that give you heartburn. Foods you may want to avoid include:

  • Peppers.

  • Chocolate.

  • High-fat foods, including fried foods.

  • Spicy foods.

  • Garlic and onions.

  • Citrus fruits, including oranges, grapefruit, lemons, and limes.

  • Food containing tomatoes or tomato products.

  • Mint.

  • Bubbly (carbonated) drinks and drinks with caffeine.

  • Vinegar.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You have bad chest pain that goes down your arm or into your jaw or neck.

  • You feel sweaty, dizzy, or lightheaded.

  • You have trouble breathing.

  • You throw up (vomit) blood.

  • You have trouble or pain when swallowing.

  • You have bloody or black poop (stool).

  • You have heartburn more than 3 times a week, for more than 2 weeks.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.