Top Signs, Causes, And Treatment of Heartburn During Pregnancy

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They say heartburn during pregnancy will be severe only in the first trimester of pregnancy. Ah! It’s not true. Heartburn or burning sensation in throat stays the entire nine months. Gladly, you can relieve heartburn and throat burn by making intelligent changes to your diet and lifestyle. Moreover, you can always prescribe medicines from your gynecologist that are safe to take in pregnancy.

Symptoms of heartburn during pregnancy

Some usual heartburn symptoms are as follows:

  • A burning sensation in the chest exactly behind the sternum or breastbone that happens just after eating and may last a few minutes to many hours.
  • Burping or belching too often
  • A burning sensation in the throat or sour, hot, or metallic taste at the middle or back of the throat
  • Flatulence – bloated stomach
  • Chest pain, especially after eating food, bending over, or lying down
  • Dysphonia or hoarseness – caused by inflammation in the vocal cords
  • Persistent coughing
  • Throat pain

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Causes of heartburn during pregnancy

Heartburn during pregnancy is caused by the acid in your stomach, which irritates the esophagus.

Due to gravity, a muscular valve is known as the lower oesophageal sphincter, or LES holds stomach acid on the stomach. LES is situated where the esophagus touches the belly, i.e., below the rib cage and somewhat left of center. LES opens only to allow food into the stomach or permit burping; then, it closes again. However, if it opens too repeatedly or does not close tightly, stomach acid can bounce back into the esophagus, which causes a burning sensation.

LES can open too often in pregnancy because of the high progesterone levels in pregnancy and when your growing uterus puts pressure on the stomach.

Treatment of Heartburn During Pregnancy

Ease your heartburn during pregnancy without taking any medicines by following these easy ways:

  • Eat small meals at regular intervals instead of eating three long meals.
  • Keep yourself hydrated; drink a lot of water, at least 8 to 10 glasses of water.
  • Drink coconut water daily as being alkaline; it can soothe your acidity.
  • Avoid spicy, fatty, or fried food as these will amplify indigestion and heartburn during pregnancy.
  •  If you face too much throat burn and heartburn during pregnancy, drink at least half a cup of boiled cold milk without adding anything to it.
  • Cut down your caffeine portions if you are a tea/coffee lover.
  • Do walk after every meal that can ease the burning sensation. Don’t lie down just after the meal.

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  • Stop smoking: it can trigger indigestion and can also adversely affect the health of you and your unborn child. The chemicals you inhale while smoking highly contribute to heartburn during pregnancy. In addition, these chemicals can relax the ring of muscle present at the end of your esophagus, which allows stomach acid to go to the esophagus simply. This is called acid reflux.
  • Say no to alcohol entirely during your pregnancy. Alcohol consumption can cause ingestion and burning sensation in pregnancy, and it can also lead to long-term harm to your unborn child.
  • Sleep on your left side if you can. Acids will not move from the stomach to the esophagus at this angle as the stomach resides on the left side of the upper abdomen.

heartburn during pregnancy

You don’t need any medicines to ease your heartburn during pregnancy – all you need is a little help from your kitchen, as well as some general lifestyle adjustments. These are some easy ways to help you out. Nevertheless, if the heartburn is unbearable, then you can take antacids or alginates, but don’t take them without consulting your gynaecologist. And, if your doctor has recommended iron supplements then don’t take it along with antacids at the same time. If you take iron supplements and antacids at the same time, you can’t be sure that the iron supplements are being absorbed by your body and you’ll still have an iron deficiency.

Share each and everything with your gynae; she will have solutions to all your concerns. Moreover, she will start all the medications at the right time.

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