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The Word on GERD

By April 8, 2008 - 10:04am
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Studies show that about 50 percent of pregnant women will experience heartburn while pregnant. Hormones of pregnancy and pressure from the growing fetus are usually behind the condition. While symptoms of heartburn usually go away after delivery of the baby, there are a few things you can do to keep GERD from making a return.

Here are some common triggers according to the American College of Gastroenterology:

Eating a large, especially fatty meal
Tomato sauces (spaghetti & pizza)

Lying down after a meal
Chocolate, peppermint
Coffee and tea
Alcohol and carbonated beverages
Some muscle relaxers and blood pressure medicines
Excess weight

What are some other foods that people with GERD should avoid?

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