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Heartburn During Pregnancy

Heartburn During Pregnancy

Most women experience heartburn for the first time during pregnancy.  Heartburn is a form of indigestion felt as a burning sensation in the chest, caused by acid regurgitation into the esophagus.  

Many women experience heartburn during the early stages of pregnancy.  Others might continue experiencing heartburn during the second and third trimester.

Is Heartburn An Early Sign of Pregnancy?

Heartburn is considered one of the earliest signs of pregnancy. Additional symptoms of early sign of pregnancy are vomiting, food aversions, dizziness, mood swings, and nausea.

What Does Heartburn Feel Like?

  • Burning sensation in the chest
  • Burning sensation in the throat
  • Chest pain after bending over
  • Sore throat
  • Severe cough

What Causes Heartburn In Pregnancy?

Causes during early pregnancy: During pregnancy, the placenta produces the hormone progesterone, which is responsible for relaxing the smooth muscles of the uterus. The valve in between the esophagus and stomach is unable to close properly causing heartburn.

Causes During Later Stages: After the 20th week, the increasingly growing uterus causes heartburn.  The uterus starts placing pressure on the stomach, which then presses against the diaphragm causing acid reflux heartburn.

Foods That Causes Heartburn When Pregnant

  • Garlic
  • Raw onions
  • Black pepper
  • Cheese
  • Alcohol
  • Fatty foods
  • Peppermint
  • Coffee
  • Caffeinated beverages

Tips For Preventing Heartburn
While Pregnant

  • Drink 8-10 glasses of water daily
  • Avoiding the common food triggers
  • Avoiding gaining weight
  • Avoid smoking
  • Take your time when eating
  • Eat small meals through out the day

Heartburn Relief During Pregnancy

Medicines for Severe Heartburn Symptoms During Pregnancy

Tums during pregnancy are safe to take to help get rid of heartburn.

Other safe medications to take for heartburn during pregnancy:

  • Ranitidine
  • Omeprazole

Before taking any of the medicines above consult your doctor. Taking medicine to treat heartburn may cause:

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea/Constipation
  • Vomiting
  • Headaches

Home Remedies To Cure Heartburn During Pregnancy

Different ways to stop heartburn:

  • Keep a healthy weight
  • Don’t lie down after eating
  • Avoid spicy and fatty foods
  • Eat three hours before bedtime
  • Eat some raw almonds
  • Snack on fresh celery stick

When To Call The Doctor

It’s recommended to consult your physician if you have any of the following symptoms

  • Continuous heartburn
  • Unnecessary weight loss
  • Black stools
  • Struggle swallowing
  • Severe heartburn causing restless sleepless nights

Myths Associated With Heartburn During Pregnancy

There are many myths associated with heartburn during pregnancy.  One of the most common myths is been able to determine if your having a girl or boy depending if you heartburn.

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