Stomach pain; Pain - abdomen; Belly ache; Abdominal cramps
For prevention of many types of abdominal pain:
- Avoid fatty or greasy foods.
- Drink plenty of water each day.
- Eat small meals more frequently.
- Exercise regularly.
- Limit foods that produce gas.
- Make sure that your meals are well-balanced and high in fiber. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.
For prevention of symptoms from heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease:
- After eating, stay upright for at least 30 minutes.
- Elevate the head of your bed.
- Finish eating at least 2 hours before you go to bed.
- Lose weight if you need to.
- Quit smoking.
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Review Date: 10/07/2009
Reviewed By: Jacob L. Heller, MD, MHA, Emergency Medicine, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.