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A 29-year-old female asked:

im 34wpregnant & having indigestion and gerd afternoon or nighttime.causing me to feel faint, breathless, dizzy, cannot stand long hours.what can i eat?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Amount: Try small meals at more frequent interval-"grazing". Your pregnancy compresses your stomach which can't tolerate being filled very much so try to keep the volume small. What you're actually eating isn't particularly important. Don't lie down for 1-2 hours after eating or drinking; maintaining upright posture favors passage of digested food downward through your duodenum instead of your esophagus.

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