Posted: Jun 07, 2012 1:00 PM
Acid reflux and heartburn can make your days and nights completely miserable, especially when mild foods and even water can aggravate them. Read on for a few ways to combat these annoying problems as you finish out your pregnancy.

You survived morning sickness and now the third trimester has its own gastric delights in store for you. Your growing uterus puts plenty of pressure on your internal organs, including your stomach, so heartburn and reflux are two unfortunate side effects that you may have to deal with until your little one is born. However, we have a few tips you might want to try. Read on!

Eat small meals

Your stomach doesn't have tons of room for a pizza buffet right now anyway, so avoid going crazy at dinnertime and plan to eat smaller meals throughout the day. Doing so will help keep the level of food -- and subsequent acid production -- down a little in your tummy and hopefully keep everything where it belongs.

Elevate your head

Use an extra pillow at night, or go even further with a few planks under the head of your bed to keep your body at an incline as you slumber. Gravity is your friend -- no really, it is! Keeping the acid in your stomach (and not creeping up your esophagus) is what this will help to accomplish, so use this bit of physics to your benefit.

Avoid acidic foods

Easier said than done, but if you can avoid consuming lots of citrus, tomato products and carbonated beverages, you will be better off. Some foods are just more prone to make us burp than others, so keep your diet healthy -- but not very spicy -- during this last leg of your pregnancy journey.

Pop some papaya

Although there is no scientific evidence to back up the claim that papaya enzymes can help prevent or eliminate heartburn or acid reflux (in fact, your stomach acid is thought to neutralize the enzyme in your stomach, not the other way around), many moms swear by it. Regardless, the fruit itself is terrifically good for you, so indulge away.

Consult the doctor

If your heartburn or reflux is so bad that it interrupts your sleep or keeps you from eating properly, you may want to mention it to your doctor. He or she may prescribe a medication that is safe to use during pregnancy or he or she may have other tips, but be sure to ask before taking any over-the-counter medication.

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