Heartburn

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It is not uncommon for women to get heartburn during pregnancy. Many women begin getting this acid reflux during the second half of their pregnancy.

Heartburn is a very unpleasant burning sensation that often extends from the bottom of the breastbone to the lower throat. The pregnancy hormone, progesterone, created by the placenta, relaxes the muscles of the uterus. Unfortunately, it also relaxes the valve that separates the esophagus from the stomach, which allows gastric acids to seep back up the pipe. Progesterone also slows down the rhythmic contractions of the stomach, slowing digestion.

As the baby develops, the growing size of the uterus also leads to heartburn by pushing up the stomach acids.

As far as relief goes, many of the remedies associated with morning sickness will help you with heartburn.

First of all, avoid the foods that cause heartburn: carbonated beverages, alcohol (which should be avoided anyway), caffeine, chocolate, tomatoes, vinegar, highly acid foods like citrus, mustard, mint products, processed meats, and spicy, highly seasoned, fried or fatty foods.

Try chewing gum after eating. Chewing stimulates salivary glands, and saliva can help neutralize acid. If you are having trouble at night, try sleeping propped up on several pillows. Elevating your upper half will help keep stomach acids in the stomach, and aid digestion.

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Heartburn

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81 comments

  1. susan says:

    does anyone know if weekly progesterone injections will cause more or more severe heartburn. I can’t seem to find relief!

  2. Olivia says:

    I am not a fan of heartburn! It was terrible in my first pregnancy to the point where I barely got any sleep at night. So far during this pregnancy its been ok, but I’m dreading it the further I get along.

  3. Ivonne says:

    It is horrible because I suffer from acid reflux and now with the heartburn makes it worse…especially, while I am trying to sleep.

  4. Alycia says:

    Heartburn is so severe it is making me vomit and not be able to eat, everything tastes acidic to me which is just making it worse!

  5. faithhahn says:

    I get heartburn a lot and I hate it. Keeps me up at night.

  6. Melodie says:

    Within the last few weeks, I have been plagued by heartburn, thank goodness for OTC’s. 3 more months to go!! 🙂

  7. Georgia says:

    I have heart burn almost everyday I eat a teaspoon of mustard to make it go away

  8. Tawnia says:

    ive had heartburn with my 3 older kiddos who are 8, 5, and 1. tums was my best friend with the boys, it got so bad with my daughter that i needed zantac 150

  9. Samantha says:

    I get heartburn from time to time but acid reflux is much worse =[

  10. Antwanika says:

    I hate heartburn with a passion. No matter what I eat I still get it.

  11. toya says:

    I avoid all the foods that gives heart burns, but it still comes no matter what i eat or drink i have heart burn

  12. Diana says:

    i get this alot i hate it

  13. sheenaholman says:

    I hate having heartburn!

  14. Kelly says:

    My heartburn has been with me since i was about 13wks. Iam 22wks now will it ever go away???? does having heartburn mean my baby will have lots of haif?

  15. Marilyn says:

    This pregnancy I’m having a LOT less heart burn than my first! 🙂 12 weeks today, I hope it stays this way.

  16. Good to know because my heartburn is bad sometimes

  17. Dominique says:

    I’m 12 weeks pregnant and I have been dealing with heartburn for several weeks now. And what makes it worse is craving and eating spicy foods. I know I need to cut back but it’s really hurt. Especially when you are really wanting it.

  18. ProudMomma says:

    Surprisingly, I haven’t had much heartburn so far in this pregnancy.

  19. Olguidia says:

    I started with heartburn and my mother-in-law recommended a sliced lime I thought she was crazy but after nothing work for me I tried it and it work like a charm now limes are my beste friend I sprinkle a little salt if too nauseous and it works

  20. Heatherly says:

    Sitting up helps tremendously, so if you’re tired and it’s the middle of the night, prop yourself up with pillows until you feel better. Ginger is wonderful! Find some ginger-chew type of “candy,” (it’s not really candy though) and different stores. This is an uncomfortable feeling! UGH!

  21. I got heartburn the first weeks I was pregnant and that is how I knew I was pregnant.

  22. Jade says:

    I just started feeling it I have never had heartburn besides milk what else can I do to prevent it or sooth it?

  23. Aiden says:

    Every now and then I have heartburn. Drink some milk then good to go

  24. Cristy says:

    I’m 20wks and I just started feeling the horrible effects. That burning sensation and the constant burbing is awful! What helps me is having some yogurt or milk. I feel it soothes the burn.

  25. Sherrie113 says:

    Does the heartburn go away as pregnancy progresses, mine seems to be getting worse!

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