Heartburn is among the uncomfortable symptoms of pregnancy. It usually gets worse in the second and third trimesters, and it can last up to your due date. What is heartburn? Why does it happen during pregnancy? Can you prevent it? And what are the treatment options? We will answer these questions and more in this article.
This condition is a digestive one and has nothing to do with the heart except the name. It is a burning sensation that is felt in the esophagus, chest, stomach, and sometimes in the throat. It is caused by the acid reflux moving up from the stomach.
Bad news! This condition can last throughout your pregnancy, even if you don’t experience it in the first trimester. You will most likely feel heartburn during the second and last trimesters, the good news is that it will most probably go away when you give birth to your baby. You can, however, prevent it from happening and treat it.
You must have heard this from your mother or mother-in-law and thought it is one of the old wives’ tales. Recent studies showed that most women who suffered from heartburn while pregnant had babies with hair. Medical research found a link between the hormones that cause fetal hair to grow and heartburn.
Try chewing mastic gum, or any sugar-free gum 3o minutes before meals, to reduce heartburn. Chewing gum will increase saliva production, which neutralizes the esophagus, reducing acid reflux.
You can either drink cold additives-free milk or drink a warm cup of milk with a teaspoon of honey to reduce heartburn during pregnancy.
Have a handful of salt, and spice-free almonds after a meal to reduce stomach acids and reflux.
Talk to your doctor about your symptoms, to get a prescription for a safe and efficient medication. Don’t take antacids without asking your doctor some of them are unsafe during pregnancy. Never take medication based on personal advice and stick to the doctor’s recommendations to maintain your health and the health of your baby.
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