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Pregnancy heartburn: Foods to avoid

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Heartburn is caused by acid reflux, also known as gastroesophageal reflux. The issue is also increased by the physical and hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy. During pregnancy, hormones slow down the action of the lower esophageal sphincter, producing muscle relaxation and heartburn or acid reflux.

Heartburn occurs when the contents of your stomach flow back into the esophageal tube causing acid reflux and this can be triggered by some foods. 

Here are some foods that cause heartburn during pregnancy

1 Spicy food

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Inflammatory meals such as sweet or hot peppers and other spices should be avoided because they produce more acids.

2 Alcohol

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Alcoholic beverages, such as wine, beer, and spirits, relax the sphincter muscle allowing an opening to form causing food in the stomach to return back to the opening. Alcohol also causes the stomach to produce more acid.

3 Fatty food

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Fatty foods such as cheese, almonds, and red meat, can cause heartburn because they slow down the digestion process causing the stomach to produce additional acids in other to finish digestion, and this results in heartburn.

4 Citrus fruits

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Citrus fruits contain acids that aggravate heartburn, particularly when consumed on an empty stomach. Fruits like grapefruit, tomatoes, and oranges should be avoided to reduce the risk of heartburn.

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