Heartburn and indigestion are common pregnancy problems. While indigestion often accompanies the nausea of the first trimester, heartburn tends to peak in the third trimester.
There is a misconception that pregnant women are more acidic, and that this causes heartburn and indigestion. In fact, they tend to greater alkalinity, so that’s not the cause! Rather, the hormones relaxin and progesterone reduce gastric and intestinal tone as well as motility and relaxe the valve between the stomach and the gullet. If this valve does not close tightly, acidic stomach content may repeat into the gullet and makes you liable to heartburn.
Also, as pregnancy progresses, the enlarging uterus causes increased gastric pressure, which may also exacerbate the flow of acidic stomach contents through to the alkaline oesophagus. The result is heartburn and indigestion.
Interestingly, women who are driven, hot-headed or tense tend to suffer more from these uncomfortable symptoms! You can help yourself naturally in these ways:
Using many antacids is not a good idea as your body already tends to greater alkalinity in pregnancy – choose one that has a proven track record or ask your pharmacist or doctor for a recommendation or book your appointment today!
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