Heartburn is a frequent complaint during the last months of pregnancy. It is characterized as a burning sensation in the mid chest, throat, or mouth area. The high hormone levels cause the muscle between the esophagus and the stomach to relax. This allows for the stomach's digestive acids to be pushed back up into the esophagus, throat and mouth. These digestive acids burn the sensitive lining, which causes pain and discomfort, making you miserable. |
It occurs more frequently during the end of pregnancy because food is moving more slowly through the intestines, and the enlarging uterus is compressing the stomach. Gravity helps your digestive tract to keep food moving in the right direction. Therefore, heartburn is often worse at night, when you are in bed.
If you are experiencing heartburn, one or more of the following suggestions may be helpful. Listen to your body to find out what will work for you.
Help for Heartburn
Pregnancy Symptoms and Discomforts
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