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Heart Burn During Pregnancy: Common Causes and Treatment
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Heartburn is a common complaint during pregnancy. Although is a misnomer, heartburn has nothing to do with the heart.
Heartburn is when there is burning in the chest, usually directly below the sternum or chest bone.
What Causes Heartburn During Pregnancy?
Heartburn is common during pregnancy with an incidence of 17% – 40% of pregnant women! During pregnancy the hormone Progesterone is making doing it’s work by suppling the endometrium of the uterus for the development of the fetus. Unfortunately progesterone also causes the valve from the stomach to esophosus (inferior esophageal sphincter) to relax. This relaxation of the valve allows stomach acid from the stomach to enter the esophagus, thus creating heartburn during pregnancy.
Heartburn during pregnancy is most common during the 3rd trimester due to the increasing size of the uterus. As the baby grows upwards, it puts pressure on the stomach. The pressure on the stomach and an relaxed valve is mainly responsible for heartburn during pregnancy.
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Symptoms of Heartburn during Pregnancy
Heartburn during pregnancy occurs due to stomach acid irritating the esophagus. Common symptoms include:
- Pain or burning pain behind chest or breastbone
- Worse with lying down on your back.
- Pain in chest when bending forward
Treatment of Heartburn During Pregnancy
Dr. Dean tries to address the underlying cause of any condition! In the case of heartburn during pregnancy, it’s often necessary to gently reposition the stomach in such as way that it’s contents (stomach acid) doesn’t enter the esophagus. This procedure is extremely helpful for relieving heartburn during pregnancy as well as general heart burn known as acid reflux!
It isn’t recommended to try this at home, treatment is specific to each individual!
Home Remedies and Prevention of Heartburn during Pregnancy
- Eat Smaller Meals
- Eat Slowly and try not to lay down directly after a meal
- Avoid spicy and fried foods
- Keep your chest above your stomach while lying down by placing several pillows under your shoulders.
- Ask your doctor about over the counter medications such as Tums.