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Understanding Hiatal Hernia -- Prevention

How Can I Prevent a Hiatal Hernia?

To help 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 help prevent hiatal hernia:

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Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on March 22, 2015

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