3. Get heartburn under control
• When you’re pregnant, the growing pressure on your abdomen can force stomach acid up into the esophagus. Antacids help neutralize this acid. Ask your doctor to recommend a brand.
• Eat almonds. Chemical compounds in the tasty nuts help keep stomach acid in the stomach by strengthening the valve between the stomach and esophagus. Watch out, though: At about 10 calories per nut, almonds are very high in calories. To avoid gaining too much weight, you’ll need to give up some high-calorie food in exchange.
• Avoid foods that relax this valve. They include coffee, citrus juices, fried foods, peppermint, tomato products, and alcohol.