Acidity During Pregnancy

Up to 80% Of Pregnant Women Suffer From Acidity.¹ When you’re pregnant
your body’s hormone levels change and can increase the hormones that relax muscles.
The open-and-close valve that helps keeps acid contained within your stomach,
may relax as a result, letting acid creep up into the esophagus. This may trigger
symptoms of acidity. Your growing baby also adds pressure on your stomach that may
create additional acidity issues.

The good news is, for most women, the acidity should likely subside after delivery.
To manage heartburn while you are pregnant, you may try the following:

  • Eat smaller but more frequent meals throughout the day
  • Take your time and eat slow
  • Avoid fried, spicy, or rich foods which may trigger the symptoms of acidity
  • Stay upright and avoid lying down immediately after eating.
  • Elevate your upper body by placing pillows under your shoulders to help prevent stomach acid creeping up to your esophagus.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing. Tight-fitting clothes can increase the pressure on your stomach and abdomen.

Consult your doctor before taking antacids if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

¹ Richter JE. Gastroesophageal reflux disease during pregnancy. Gastroenterol Clin North Am 2003; 32: 235-61