What Causes Heartburn During Pregnancy?
Heartburn tends to ocur when stomach acid rises up into the esophagus (the ‘pipe’ that runs from your throat to your stomach). You can learn some more about it here.
The question is, why does heartburn seem to be more common during pregnancy? There appears to be two separate things going on.
So, it does seem that heartburn is a natural part of your journey through pregnancy. But this means there is a good chance that your heartburn will go away after you’ve given birth to your baby, and in the meantime, we have some easy-to-follow tips to help you reduce the symptoms.
Some of these things may work for some people and not others. You may need to try different things to see which ones work for you.
Antacids, which neutralise the acid in your stomach (gastric acid), can provide relief ofheartburn during pregnancy.2,3 However, they should only be taken if absolutely necessary.
Calcium-based or magnesium-based antacids can be taken by pregnant women under a doctor's or pharmacist's direction.2. Antacids based on sodium salts such as EnoFruit Salt, are NOT recommended.
Ask your pharmacist or doctor for advice on which antacid is best for you while you’re pregnant, and let them know if you’re taking any other medicine or nutritional supplement.
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