Understanding Hiatal Hernia -- Prevention

Medically Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian, MD on January 16, 2020

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:

  • Maintain a healthy weight.
WebMD Medical Reference



The Mayo Clinic: "Hiatal Hernia."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Hiatus hernia."

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