Experiencing heartburn during your pregnancy?
What is heartburn?
Heartburn, also referred to as acid indigestion or acid reflux, is a burning sensation that can extend from the bottom of the breastbone down to the lower throat. Often caused by hormonal & physical changes taking place in your body.
During your pregnancy, the placenta produces progesterone, this is a hormone which relaxes the muscles of the uterus as well as the valve that separates the oesophagus from the stomach. This allows gastric acids to seep back up, which causes the burning sensation known as heartburn.
This may get worse towards the end of your pregnancy and this is due to the fact that your belly is placing additional pressure to your stomach.
- Try eating smaller meals more frequently.
- Avoid spicy or rich foods as these are great for causing heartburn.
- Try not to drink with your meals – you tend to take in added air which may also cause heartburn.
- Try propping yourself up when you sit down or go to bed (especially after a meal).
- If need be, you may take an antacid.