While you might not be able to get rid of heartburn completely, there are steps you can take to minimize your discomfort:
Stay away from food and beverages that give you gastrointestinal distress. Usually carbonated drinks; alcohol (which you should not even be drinking!!); acidic foods like tomatoes, mustard, citrus fruits and juices, and vinegar; processed meats; mint products; caffeine; chocolate; and spicy, fried, highly seasoned, or fatty foods.
Avoid having big meals. It’s better to eat multiple small meals during the day. Eat slowly and chew thoroughly.
Don’t drink large quantities of fluids during the meals – this will distend your stomach. (Remember, you need to still drink eight to ten glasses of water each day, but you want to sip it between meals.)
Try some chewing gum after meals. This stimulates your salivary glands, which can help neutralize acid.
Staw away from food when it’s almost bedtime. You want to have two to three hours to digest before you go to bed.
Sleep with several pillows or a wedge. Elevating your upper body helps your stomach acids stay where they should be and helps your digestion.
You can gain some weight, but keep within the guidelines your healthcare provider gives you.
Wear loose, comfortable clothing. Don’t wair any tight cloths around your waist and tummy.
Bend at the knees instead of at the waist. Your back will also thank you for it!
Do not smoke!!! Along with giving you a bunch of serious health problems, smoking increases stomach acidity. (If you smock, you should get rid of the habit before getting pregnant. If you are still smoking and you have trouble stopping, get a referral from your doctor for a smoking-cessation program.)
An over-the-counter antacid with magnesium or calcium can ease discomfort, though check with your prenatal caregiver before taking one, as some brands got aluminum or aspirin or are high in sodium.
If none of these tips help, talk to your doctor about prescription heartburn medications that are safe during pregnancy.