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Indigestion and heartburn

Pregnancy Symptoms and Pains

Indigestion and heartburn

Indigestion, also called heartburn or acid reflux is a common problem during pregnancy. It is caused by hormonal changes and the growing baby pressing against your stomach.

Symptoms of indigestion and heartburn:

Typically, symptoms of heartburn appear after eating or drinking. During pregnancy, symptoms of indigestion and heartburn could appear at any point but are more prevalent from 27 weeks onwards. 

How to manage indigestion and heartburn

When to get medical help
If changes to your diet and lifestyle fail and you need help managing your symptoms, consult your midwife or doctor. They may recommend medicine(s) to ease your symptoms. Furthermore, you should seek professional help if you have any of the following:

Taking prescription medicines
When taking prescription drugs, make a note of the following: 

Medicines for indigestion and heartburn
Medicines for indigestion and heartburn during pregnancy include:

You might take antacids and alginates when you start experiencing symptoms or before the appearance of symptoms, for example, before a meal or before bed.

Causes of indigestion in pregnancy
Symptoms of indigestion appear when the stomach acid irritates your stomach lining or gullet. The likelihood of experiencing indigestion increases during pregnancy because of:

Verified:

Dr. Wanwadee Sapmee Panyakat, MD. (30 June 2020)

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