Digestive issues

pregnant woman with glass of water

Constipation. Gas and bloating. Heartburn. Yup. Some of the many surprises you might experience during your pregnancy. You can blame a variety of pregnancy hormones for many of these annoying, sometimes embarrassing, symptoms. Here’s how to get some relief:

  • Drink plenty of water. So important!
  • Add prune juice to your diet.
  • Eat more whole-grain foods, fresh fruits, and vegetables.
  • Ask us to recommend a laxative or stool softener.

Gas and bloating

  • Eat 5 or 6 small meals a day instead of 3 big ones.
  • Eat slowly and chew your food well.
  • Steer clear of carbonated beverages.
  • Skip foods that give you trouble. Beans, broccoli, and lettuce are common culprits.


  • Eat 5 or 6 small meals a day instead of 3 big ones.
  • Avoid spicy, fried, or rich foods and caffeine.
  • After you eat, wait 30 minutes before lying down.
  • Try an over-the-counter antacid.

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