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.
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.
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:
Before taking any of the medicines above consult your doctor. Taking medicine to treat heartburn may cause:
Different ways to stop heartburn:
It’s recommended to consult your physician if you have any of the following symptoms
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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