Heartburn in pregnancy

Many women experience heartburn for the first time during pregnancy. Although harmless, it is a painful symptom of pregnancy.

Read about why we get heartburn and when to seek medical attention. Or go straight to how to relieve heartburn in pregnancy.

What is heartburn?

Heartburn is a sometimes painful burning sensation that often occurs after eating. It happens when stomach acid is brought up into the oesophagus or gullet. The burning pain can be felt from the throat down to the bottom of the breast bone. Some times the acid reaches your mouth leaving a unpleasant taste.

What causes heartburn during pregnancy?

Heartburn is more common in pregnancy for a few reasons. Firstly, like many pregnancy symptoms, hormones are to blame. An increase in Progesterone allows the muscles of the uterus and womb to relax in preparation for the big stretch though experts believe the valve between your stomach and oesophagus is also relaxed. This makes it easy for stomach acid to travel up into the throat leaving the burning sensation.

Your diet can also be to blame and in the final trimester, your growing bump pushing on your stomach certainly doesn’t help.

Foods to avoid

  • Try eating small meals often
  • Avoid particularly spicy foods
  • Avoid fatty foods
  • Avoid citrus fruits

When to seek medical help

If you find yourself unable to eat, are losing weight or are unsure if the pain you are experiencing is heartburn, speak to your midwife or doctor.

See our article on easing heartburn for some natural remedies.

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