Indigestion basics during pregnancy

I'm five weeks pregnant and concerned about indigestion. Do you have any tips for easing or controlling indigestion in pregnancy?

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The hormones of pregnancy relax the sphincters between the stomach and the esophagus, which may cause indigestion. The problem might also be gastric reflux. Keeping something in your stomach is the best way to prevent it. Eat many small meals throughout the day instead of a few large ones. Another good idea might be to cut down on concentrated sugars and fats and stick to complex carbohydrates such as breads, pasta, rice, whole bran and cereals.

Sleeping with your head elevated may also help. You might want to try peppermint tea, which can help calm the GI tract. Antacids such as Maalox help some people.

Avoid foods that are high in acid such as citrus, especially at "high risk" times (before bed or before rushing off to work). Avoiding stress, when possible, may also prevent discomfort later.

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