Heartburn usually makes its appearance during the latter part of your pregnancy when your growing uterus puts pressure on the intestines and the stomach. You can prevent it or relieve it using a few simple tips.
Although pregnancy can come with some uncomfortable symptoms, most of them occur for the good of your baby. If you’re experiencing heartburn for example, although unpleasant, it’s said to make you eat more slowly which gives your baby more time to absorb the nutrients in your food.
Even if you’re never normally prone to heartburn or indigestion, lots of mums tell us they experience it when they’re expecting. This article looks at the physical causes of heartburn and indigestion during pregnancy and gives you some tips on ways to ease the discomfort.
To allow your baby to grow during pregnancy, your muscles must be relaxed. To ensure this, Mother Nature has a trick up her sleeve in the form of progesterone. During pregnancy your body produces extra progesterone, which affects all of your muscles – including the valve at the entrance to your stomach. As a result, you may find yourself suffering from heartburn as small amounts of stomach acid can now enter. It’s also harder for food to move through your system now that your digestive muscles are relaxed and the added pressure from your growing uterus pressing on your stomach won’t help either.
Although heartburn during pregnancy can be uncomfortable for you, it plays an important part in helping your baby to get the nutrients they need. It can force you to eat more slowly allowing food longer to digest, and allows your baby more time to absorb the goodness.
In the meantime, some of these heartburn remedies may ease the pain:
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