Most women experience heartburn in pregnancy and it can become frequent.
possible cause of heartburn in pregnancy; is the extra pressure on the stomach
(during the third trimester) exerted by the growing baby. Also, during
pregnancy, theplacenta produces the hormone progesterone, which relaxes
the smooth muscles of the uterus. This hormone also relaxes the valve that
separates the esophagus from the stomach, allowing gastric acids to seep back up
the pipe, which causes that uncomfortable burning sensation. Progesterone also
slows down the wavelike contractions of the stomach, making digestion sluggish.
In later pregnancy, the growing baby crowds the abdominal cavity, slowing
elimination and pushing up the stomach acids to cause heartburn.
Steps to minimize your discomfort
Though it is difficult to completely eliminate the cause of heartburn, these
steps will help you minimize the discomfort.
several small meals throughout the day. Take your time eating, and chew
having a lot to drink with meals. You swallow more air when you drink with
meals and this can aggravate heartburn when it subsequently comes up again..
(It's important to drink 8 to 10 glasses of water daily during pregnancy,
but drink it between meals.)
Eat your last meal no later than three hours before bedtime and wait at
least an hour after meals before lying down
If you are experiencing heartburn there are a few natural
you can do to relieve the symptoms:
Eat yogurt or drink a glass of milk
Try a tablespoon of honey in a glass of warm milk
propped up with several pillows or elevate the head of your bed with a few
books or a board. Gravity will help keep your stomach acids where they
should be and aid your digestion.
a sensible amount of
weight and stay within the guidelines your healthcare provider suggests.
Wear loose, comfortable clothing; avoid any tightness around your waist
Try to bend at the knees instead of at the waist. Avoid abdominal
foods and drinks that cause you gastrointestinal distress. The usual
suspects are carbonated beverages, alcohol; caffeine; chocolate; high-acid
foods like citrus fruits and juices, tomatoes, mustard, and vinegar;
processed meats; mint products; and spicy, highly seasoned, fried, and fatty
over-the-counter antacid that contains magnesium or calcium may ease
discomfort, but check with your prenatal caregiver before taking one because
some brands are high in sodium.