Heartburn during pregnancy

Heartburn is one of the common complaints during pregnancy. It is a symptom of pregnancy that plagues a great deal of moms-to-be and may be severe and cause a great deal of discomfort.

More than half of all pregnant women experience symptoms of heartburn, which most commonly occurs in the second and third trimester.

Heartburn occurs as a result of the hormone known as progesterone used to relax your muscles during pregnancy. This hormone also relaxes the valve between your stomach and your esophagus, ultimately allowing the acid back up to your esophagus therefore causing the burning sensation known as heart burn or acid indigestion.

What can you do to treat and prevent heartburn during pregnancy?

Although you may not be able to always prevent heartburn entirely, there are many ways in which to reduce the discomfort.

  •  Eat small meals throughout the day.
  • Eat slowly when having your small meals. Take your time and chew thoroughly.
  • Do not lie down directly after eating. Give yourself an hour or more after eating before lying down.
  • Avoid drinking large quantities of liquids. Try drinking liquids between meals rather than during.
  • Avoid eating spicy, fatty, greasy or rich food.
  • Wear loose fitting clothing that will not put any additional pressure on your abdomen.
  • Try an antacid to ease any discomfort, however check with you doctor first with regard to which one he recommends.

Heartburn doesn’t have to be a hindrance to your life while pregnant. If these measures do not seem to help alleviate your heartburn, it may be best to see a doctor for prescribed medication.

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