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which foods aggravate your heartburn?

(23 Posts)
bassingtonffrench Tue 22-Apr-14 14:33:52

I'm trying to reduce my heart burn by adapting my diet, but I'm not very good at spotting which foods trigger it. has anyone else spotted a pattern?

I am guzzling GAviscon which helps but it is very bad in the evenings now and getting worse.


TwigletFiend Tue 22-Apr-14 15:00:33

For me, it's definitely anything greasy! I can't bear anything that's been fried at the moment, but also things like cakes, crisps, pastry etc are a definite trigger. Even oven chips are out, sadly. I tend to stick to really plain, protein-and-carbs meals: chicken salad with a vinaigrette dressing, baked potato with no butter, just baked beans & a bit of cheese. Definitely finding those easier to digest! Also try eating a tiny bit at a time - a few mouthfuls, break, few mouthfuls, break. Tedious but I also find I get agonising, high-up heartburn if I try to eat more than that in one go.

Em1503 Tue 22-Apr-14 15:50:20

I could have written this myself! I think spicy foods make it worse for me and just eating to much at once. Tricky though when I am still so hungry and just want to keep eating but I know I'll pay for it afterwards! I'm also one sipping gaviscon constantly, hate the stuff. I'm 26 weeks, how far along are you? I was just getting it in the evening but now it's progressed to starting late morning/ after lunch!

slightlyinsane Tue 22-Apr-14 15:58:20

It can be really hard to narrow it down to anything in particular. Spicy and sour things are often main triggers for a lot of people. I can also add water and squash to that list. Fruit, ketchup, salad cream, tomatoes the list goes on. Somedays it's just food! Eating little and often all day helps, an empty stomach is not your friend. I drink fizzy drinks during the day to help calm it down and save the gaviscon for evening and night. Oh and lying down with a full belly makes it loads worse.

highlove Tue 22-Apr-14 16:28:10

Curry, anything really high fat and, randomly, citrus fruit.

saranga Tue 22-Apr-14 16:32:35

Everything gives me heartburn/indigestion, especially if I eat too much. Sitting back after meals, not bending forward, giving my stomach enough space helps. Water too.

Moonshine1 Tue 22-Apr-14 17:10:28

Chocolate and anything spicy.

ToriaPumpkin Tue 22-Apr-14 17:16:53

Chocolate. Which is most irritating as this pregnancy has spanned Halloween, Christmas and Easter!

DebH1975 Tue 22-Apr-14 17:38:23

Chocolate the main culprit here too :-(

bassingtonffrench Tue 22-Apr-14 19:34:00

Thanks. it doesn't help that I am ravenous all the time!

i'm 29 weeks. Gaviscon used to cure it but it only just takes the edge off now.

Petal26 Tue 22-Apr-14 19:42:27

Anything tomato based, lasagne, bolognaise, pizza sad

CurlsLDN Tue 22-Apr-14 19:50:13

Yup chocolate or anything dairy for me.

Can not bear gaviscon though, have you tried the chewable tablet version? Much nicer, they taste a bit like strawberry milkshake! Similarly tums are great, and work out much cheaper. I even caught my husband pinching a couple because 'they're like sweets'!

ManWithNoName Tue 22-Apr-14 19:50:41

Tomato, chilli, alcohol, fatty foods, red meat.

I live on Gaviscon and sleep siting partially upright.

biscuitnoodle Tue 22-Apr-14 20:43:58

Im 38 weeks and EVERYTHING now gives me heartburn even cereal. Ive taken to having my ranitidine tablet arount 7-8pm and then a glass of milk just before trying to sleep. Makes me need to wee more though so can't win

curiousuze Tue 22-Apr-14 20:44:59

Food gave me heartburn. My stomach was somewhere behind my left ear though.

LindaMcCartneySausage Tue 22-Apr-14 20:55:47

Too much liquid on top of food. Be careful eating and drinking at the same time. I used to drink water or whatever on an empty stomach, wait, then eat. But anything acidic, coffee was a particular issue, but I drink coffee black.

I lived on Gaviscon - the average sized bottle would last me 2-3 days, vile tasting stuff, but it worked wonders.

bassingtonffrench Tue 22-Apr-14 21:17:28

grin curiousuze

i think the liquid/food combo might be bad for me too actually.

i haven't identified a specific problem with chocolate but I guess there might be!

Matildasmam22 Tue 22-Apr-14 21:25:57

Have you tried Ranitidine? I was tortured with it my last pregnancy, soon as it started this time I started two tablets a day morning and night and it's gone. Completely safe in pregnancy GP recommended it. Congratulations by the way thanks

Beautifulboy1 Tue 22-Apr-14 22:09:36

Eating too close to bed time triggers my heartburn and drinking water during the night starts it off. Hot or cold milk before bed can help for a little while.

Normal Gaviscon doesn't work for me but the GP gave me a prescription (because I asked) for Gaviscon Advanced and it is brilliant!!! It takes a while to come out the bottle as its THAT thick but a quick swig and I'm cured! Also during the day I notice that muffins or marshmallows can stop heartburn (they act a big like a sponge and plug?!

bassingtonffrench Tue 22-Apr-14 22:13:46

top tips, ,thanks so much!

ouryve Tue 22-Apr-14 22:16:50

With DS2 it was all of them, but chocolate, coffee and spicy food were the worst. I knew i was pregnant when a cup of coffee gave me heartburn almost a week before my period would have been due.

starrynight123 Wed 23-Apr-14 11:08:23

Citrus fruits, including juices make mine a lot worse. But, I LOVE orange and grapefruit juices so try to just sip a little of them...!!

Barbsta Wed 23-Apr-14 12:10:00

Anything pastry citrus or spicy for me

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