Heartburn During Pregnancy: Causes and Treatment
Citrus fruits like oranges can also bring on the burn, but they offer valuable folic acid, so instead of cutting them out entirely, try a low-acid orange juice and drink it after you’ve had cereal or toast to help absorb the stomach acid. And during meals, skip beverages-it can decrease the effectiveness of gastric juices, says Martin.
The chemicals from cigarettes relax the sphincter muscle and make acid reflux more likely. Symptoms may ease if you are a smoker and stop smoking. In any case, it is strongly advised that pregnant women should not smoke for other reasons as well. See separate leaflet called Pregnancy and Smoking. One or both of the above increase the chance that acid will reflux into the oesophagus.
Eating right before bedtime can cause problems, too. Smoking makes heartburn worse and is another reason to quit, especially while pregnant.
You can take Zantac 30 minutes to one hour before you eat. For mild heartburn that doesn’t occur very often, you can take 75 mg of the drug once or twice per day. If you have moderate heartburn, you can take 150 mg of Zantac once or twice per day.
Medications that may be safe for pregnant women to relieve heartburn include antacids, alginic acid/antacid combinations, and sucralfate. Antacids may interfere with iron absorption, and iron is important for the growing fetus so pregnant women may need iron supplementation. Zantac is an acid reducer.
If you raise the head of the bed by 10-15 cm (with sturdy blocks or bricks under the bed’s legs), this will help gravity to keep acid from refluxing into the gullet (oesophagus). The following are commonly advised. There has been little research to prove how well these lifestyle changes help to ease acid leaking back up (reflux) and dyspepsia in pregnancy. However, they are certainly worth a try. When we eat, food passes down the gullet (oesophagus) into the stomach.
certain foods. There are also medicines, such as antacids, that can be taken safely during pregnancy to treat indigestion. If indigestion is caused by a disease or medical condition, the prognosis is varied and dependent upon the resolution of that condition. Some conditions such as ulcers, GERD, and gastritis respond readily to medications.
- Read this MomJunction post to know more about the causes, symptoms, and the ways to beat indigestion during pregnancy.
- When you lie down, it makes it easier for stomach contents to rise up and cause you grief.
- Antacids containing aluminum, calcium, or magnesium are considered safe and effective in treating the heartburn of pregnancy.
- Stomach cells also make mucus which protects them from damage caused by the acid.
DyspepsiaIndigestion (dyspepsia) can be caused by diseases or conditions that involve the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, and also by some diseases and conditions that do not involve the GI tract. Indigestion can be a chronic condition in which the symptoms fluctuate infrequency and intensity.
Drink less while eating. Drinking large amounts while eating may increase the risk of acid reflux and heartburn. Heartburn in pregnancy may occur because of changing hormone levels, which can affect the muscles of the digestive tract and how different foods are tolerated. Pregnancy hormones can cause the lower esophageal sphincter (the muscular valve between the stomach and esophagus) to relax, allowing stomach acids to flow back up into the esophagus. In addition, the enlarged uterus can crowd the abdomen, pushing stomach acids upward.
That means there’s a very low risk of exposure for your developing baby. You may experience heartburn & indigestion from 27 weeks (third trimester) onwards. During pregnancy the entire gastrointestinal system slows down.
Signs and symptoms in late pregnancy include leg swelling and shortness of breath. Options for relief of pregnancy symptoms include exercise, diet, and other lifestyle changes.
A medicine which prevents your stomach from making acid may be prescribed if symptoms remain troublesome. Most pregnant women have symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), especially heartburn, at some point. These symptoms may start at any time during a pregnancy. And they often get worse throughout the pregnancy.