Heartburn during Pregnancy

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Heartburn during Pregnancy
• Many women complain of heartburn, especially in the second and third trimester of their pregnancy
• Heartburn is the burning sensation/ irritation of the food pipe (esophagus) caused due to acid reflux (food coming back up from the stomach)
• Changing hormone levels slow down the digestive tract and affect the way/speed at which different food is digested/ tolerated
• The abdominal area is crowded due to the enlarged uterus, this also leads to acidity and heartburn
• Experiencing heartburn is completely safe and normal during pregnancy and resolves itself after delivery
• Please consult your doctor if you experience heartburn. The doctor might recommend some tips and/or medication to relieve heartburn

What can you do about it?
• Eat small but frequent portions of healthy food (fruits and vegetables)
• Avoid fried or spicy food/ soda drinks
• Drink plenty of water between meals
• Don’t sleep directly after eating
• Keep your head elevated and ensure it is above your feet
• Wear comfortable clothing
• Ask your doctor about using medicines such as digene to ease heartburn

Summary
• Heartburn is very common and is due to changing levels of hormones that impact the digestion process during pregnancy
• Also, the expanding uterus puts pressure on the abdominal area leading to acidity and heartburn
• It is absolutely normal and usually does not need any medical intervention. The severity of heartburn varies with the individual
• Most women are able to manage well by eating small portions of healthy food, keeping hydrated and avoiding spicy food
• Please consult your doctor if you are not able to manage with simple techniques as the doctor can recommend medicines that can relieve heartburn and are safe to use

Team Ovum Hospitals

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