Heartburn during pregnancy


Heartburn during pregnancy

Heartburn is a strong, burning pain in the chest caused by stomach acid passing from your stomach into your esophagus — the tube that leads from your mouth to your stomach. 

Over half of all pregnant women experience severe heartburn, particularly during their second and third trimesters. 

What causes heartburn?
It happens when the valve between the stomach and the esophagus are unable to prevent stomach acid from passing back into the esophagus. The hormone progesterone which is produced in higher quantity during pregnancy causes the valve to relax. This allows stomach acid to pass into the esophagus and irritate the lining. Additionally, the enlarged uterus can crowd the abdomen, pushing stomach acids upward. 

What can you do?
To reduce heartburn during pregnancy without hurting Your Child, you should try the following:

Natural ways to relieve the symptoms

See your doctor if your heartburn persists. He can prescribe medications that are safe to take during pregnancy. But don’t worry, your heartburn usually disappears when Your Child arrives.


Dr. Wanwadee Sapmee Panyakat (OB-GYN) (15 May 2019)


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