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Heartburn During Pregnancy: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment

Gastroesophageal reflux disease is also called acid ingestion or acid reflux. It is a very common condition which affects the muscle called LES. This is very nearby to the stomach. This condition is very commonly found in pregnant women.

What Does Heartburn Feel Like When Pregnant?

Every pregnant woman faces heartburn and acidity. The pressure that is put on the stomach may push the contents into an esophagus.

Some Symptoms Of Heartburn Include:

  • You have a hard time while swallowing
  • Swallowing becomes difficult
  • A cough, which stays for long
  • Constant pain in the upper side of the belly.
  • A constant sore throat

Causes for Heartburn

The body goes through many changes during pregnancy, including the digestive system. While you are pregnant, your body makes more of hormones called progesterone and relaxing.

Progesterone causes the stomach to load up all the more and the stomach takes time to get empty

Relaxin calms or relaxes the smooth muscle in the body.

Due to these hormones, the food stays for a longer time in the stomach and can more easily back up in the esophagus.

After a while, as the weeks get longer and the abdomen starts growing, the uterus starts expanding, and the growing baby begins adding pressure to stomach, which in turn causes heartburn

Handling heartburn

Some ways to manage heartburn during pregnancy:

Don’t put on extra weight :

Try to maintain a steady weight. Gaining extra weight can put pressure on the stomach and make heartburn and acidity unbearable.

Don’t eat foods which make you uncomfortable: In case you notice that after having some food, you become uncomfortable, then please avoid having those

Have small meals: Rather than having three large meals, have small meals divided into 5-6 parts. Another thing which can be done by you is that you can pack some stuff when you leave your house and eat it throughout the day.

Water water everywhere: try having at least 8 – 12 glasses of water along with other healthy fluids like coconut water, lime juice, etc.

Avoid wearing tight clothes: Clothes fitting at the waist put much pressure on the stomach, hence they should be avoided a much as possible.

Treatment of heartburn

When natural remedies do not work, then it is time for you to consult a doctor. The doctor will be giving you medicines for the treatment of heartburn.

Let us have a look at some of the medicines which are prescribed for heartburn:

  • Tums
  • Rolaids
  • Tagamet (cimetidine)
  • Zantac (ranitidine)
  • Pepsid (famotidine)

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