Foods to Reduce Acid Reflux During Pregnancy

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Acid reflux and heartburn are incredibly common symptoms for pregnant women, especially during the third trimester when that big ol’ baby is pressing down harder on the stomach.

Towards the end, it was challenging to even drink a glass of water without acid reflux taking over and ruining my already-miserable-and-super-pregnanty day. While Tums and other antacids can offer temporary  relief (if your doctor okays the use of them), but it’s typically recommended that you limit the use of them due to the high calcium content.

Pregnant women who are looking for a different way to reduce acid reflux often try making changes in their diets. If that approach sounds like something you’d be interested in, try adding these 7 foods to your daily pregnancy diet:

Foods that reduce acid reflux during pregnancy

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Foods to Reduce Acid Reflux During Pregnancy


1. Oatmeal

Oatmeal to reduce acid reflux pregnancy

A pregnancy breakfast of champions for many, many reasons (fiber being a big one!), oatmeal is also a superfood for reducing acid reflux. Have a bowl topped with fresh berries, or add some oatmeal to a smoothie. You can even nibble on raw oats on their own as a healthier alternative to Tums if you need more instant relief. I stocked up on good ‘ol Quaker Old Fashioned Oatmeal throughout my pregnancy (healthy AND super budget-friendly, especially if you buy it in bulk on Amazon).

2. Ginger Root

Ginger root reduced acid reflux third trimester

A natural anti-inflammatory, fresh ginger root is a great acid reflux reducing food. Add it to smoothies, throw it into stir-fry, or steep it in a mug of hot water with some honey and fresh lemon juice for a healthy anti-acid reflux tea (that will also give your immune system a nice boost—super helpful if you’re pregnant during cold and flu season!).

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3. Parsley

Parsley stops acid reflux pregnant

Like ginger root, parsley has a long history as a natural remedy for reducing acid reflux and aiding in digestion, making it great choice if you’re experiencing another common pregnancy symptom—constipation. Parsley is a flavorful way to add fresh seasoning to a number of dishes, including chicken (which also can help reduce acid reflux).

4. Fennel

Fennel good for stopping heartburn pregnancy

This veggie (which has a slight licorice taste) is great for supporting a healthy stomach, including reducing acid reflux. Delicious in salads, or a great addition to every pregnant girl’s go-to healthy snack…smoothies!

5. Melon

Melon reduces acid reflux pregnant women

Thanks to a low acid content, melons such as cantaloupe, watermelon, and honeydew are great snack options when the acid reflux starts to hit. The high water content will also give you and your baby a boost of hydration in a yummy way (super important if you’re getting acid reflux from drinking water).

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6. Couscous

Couscous reducing acid reflux pregnant

Couscous, along with other complex carbohydrates like brown rice and bulgur, thanks to a big dose of digestive-system-supporting fiber.  Add it to soups and stews, or eat it as a healthful side dish.

7. Bananas

Bananas reduce heartburn pregnancy

An alkaline fruit, bananas help neutralize acid in the stomach, ultimately reducing acid relax and heartburn. They can also be easily combined with other acid reflux reducing foods on this list: oatmeal and banana smoothies, fruit bowl made of melon and sliced bananas, for example.

What foods did you eat during pregnancy to reduce acid reflux?



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  • Reply Lauren

    Goodness me, the first time I suffered acid reflux was during my second pregnancy. I thought I was having a heart attack!

    June 14, 2017 at 2:40 pm
    • Reply Kaity

      Isn’t it the absolute worst?? One of the most uncomfortable pregnancy symptoms there is.

      June 14, 2017 at 2:47 pm
  • Reply Elizabeth Voyles

    I had horrible reflux during my last pregnancy. Of these foods, I found ginger root the most helpful. Normally I hate the taste of ginger but it helped a lot and I got over my dislike.

    June 14, 2017 at 2:44 pm
    • Reply Kaity

      Ginger root is so great during pregnancy (helps with the morning sickness, too). The oatmeal was the one that seemed to help me the most. A little different for every woman, I suppose. 🙂

      June 14, 2017 at 10:05 pm
  • Reply Bailey

    Seriously, I never considered any of these foods. I wish I had found your list sooner, reflux and pregnancy is one of my least favourite symptoms

    June 14, 2017 at 11:00 pm
    • Reply Kaity

      One of my least favorite symptoms, too. It’s horrible! I wasn’t able to find anything that made it go away completely…other than delivering my kids ;)…but these foods did help reduce the symptoms a bit.

      June 15, 2017 at 11:28 am
  • Reply Vicki @ Babies to Bookworms

    I wish I had this list when I was pregnant! I had crazy acid reflux throughout my whole pregnancy!

    June 15, 2017 at 3:07 am
    • Reply Kaity

      Isn’t it the absolute worst??? I feel like nothing made it go away completely, but these foods certainly helped a bit.

      June 15, 2017 at 11:26 am
  • Reply Bethany

    Oh wow! Why didn’t I read this post 6 months ago? My last trimester was rough!!

    June 16, 2017 at 1:10 am
    • Reply Kaity

      Oh my goodness, mine too! Acid reflux seems to be the one symptom that gives almost every pregnant woman complete hell. I couldn’t find anything that completely eliminated it during my pregnancy, but some of these foods certainly helped!

      June 16, 2017 at 2:46 pm
  • Reply Amy

    Hi, I had excessive vomitting during my 1st trimester. My Dr. recommended that I mix 1/4 tsp baking soda to 1 glass of water and sip. It stopped the vomitting, aicd reflux and got rid of gas. I hope it brings relief for you as it did for me.

    September 20, 2017 at 9:23 pm
    • Reply Kaity

      I have never heard of that! Will definitely be trying if I’m pregnant again down the road. Thanks for sharing, Amy! 🙂

      September 22, 2017 at 3:00 am

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