9. Avoid Citrus Fruits
Being rich in vitamin C, citrus fruits are often recommended for pregnant women. But if you’re experiencing frequent heartburn, avoid citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, and grapefruits.
Citrus fruits are high in acid and can irritate the digestive tract. This, in turn, can worsen heartburn symptoms, especially when eaten on an empty stomach.
Avoid these fruits in both whole and juice form. Instead, eat fruits that are less acidic to satisfy your daily fruit requirements. High-alkaline fruits like apples, pears, bananas, and melons are some good options.
10. Avoid Raw Onions
In some pregnant women, raw onions can be another common trigger for heartburn. Raw onions can increase the acid content of the stomach as well as slow down the emptying of your stomach.
Plus, intake of raw onions can cause digestive acids to flow back up into your esophagus.
A 1990 study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology reports a significant increase in heartburn in people suffering from acid reflux when eating a meal containing raw onions as compared to an identical meal that didn’t contain onions .
If eating raw onions makes your heartburn symptoms worse, avoid it. Like onions, garlic can also worsen reflux symptoms in some people and also cause food aversions during pregnancy.
- Avoid spicy, greasy, and fatty foods, which are well-known triggers for heartburn.
- Eating yogurt or drinking a glass of cold milk can help reduce the symptoms.
- Slow down when you eat. Eating too quickly can lead to heartburn.
- Avoid drinking large amounts of liquids after your dinner.
- Stay away from coffee, colas, and alcoholic beverages.
- Include fiber-rich foods in your diet to avoid constipation.
- After eating your dinner, take a walk before going to bed.
- After meals, avoid activities that require you to bend over.
- Wear loose-fitting clothing, as tight-fitting clothes can increase the pressure on your stomach and abdomen.
- Do not smoke.
- Ask your doctor before using any kind of medicine.