Skip to content
My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up

Heartburn/GERD Health Center

Font Size

Understanding Hiatal Hernia -- Prevention

How Can I Prevent a Hiatal Hernia?

To prevent symptoms of a hiatal hernia:

  • Wear loose clothing. Anything that presses on the stomach can aggravate hiatal hernia symptoms.
  • When your stomach is full, avoid bending over or lying down. This increases abdominal pressure and makes heartburn more likely.
  • Do not bend over or lie down for two to three hours after eating.
  • Raise the head of the bed six to eight inches by using wooden blocks under the bedposts.

To prevent hiatal hernia:

Recommended Related to Heartburn/GERD

Treatment Tips for Occasional Heartburn Sufferers

You eat a big meal out, late at night. You indulge in seconds and then thirds, have a few too many glasses of wine or cups of coffee, and then go to bed on a full stomach. Wake up a few hours later, and the pain is screaming upward from your chest into your throat. You groan: Sleep is impossible. You finally roll over, get out of bed, and stumble to the medicine cabinet. What can you do to stop heartburn fast?

Read the Treatment Tips for Occasional Heartburn Sufferers article > >

  • Maintain a healthy weight.

 

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on March 30, 2014

Today on WebMD

Heartburn illustration
Slideshow
Heartburn Control Assess Your Symptoms
Assessment
 
heartburn foods
Slideshow
Nighttime Heartburn
Article
 
digestive health
Slideshow
Heartburn or Heart Attack
Article
 
heartburn
Article
Top 10 Heartburn Foods
Video
 
Is it Heartburn or Gerd
Video
digestive myths
Slideshow
 
Extreme Eats
Slideshow
graphic of esophageal area
Article