Heartburn And Pregnancy
Heartburn during pregnancy

Heartburn and pregnancy go together hand in hand for many women. Many of them, who have never had heartburn, experience heartburn during pregnancy.

You want to enjoy your pregnancy, preparing for the arrival of your little one. Heartburn gets in the way of this enjoyment. For some women, heartburn many trouble them only in the first couple of months but for others, it may remain with them for a longer time.

Causes for heartburn during pregnancy

There are many reasons for occurrence of heartburn during pregnancy.

  • The person may already be prone to acid indigestion and heartburn due to the food habits and other lifestyle habits.

  • Pregnant women are more prone to heartburn. There is more possibility of pregnancy heartburn occurring because of the pregnancy hormones (progesterone).
  • These hormones have an effect on the LES (lower esophageal sphincter)valve.

    The pregnancy hormones relax the valve and as a result the valve opens and the acid backs up in the esophagus to give the burning sensation in the chest and sour taste in the throat which are a few of heartburn symptoms.

    Heartburn is one of the symptoms of Indigestion. The hormones also slow down the digestion of the food.

    The growth of uterus also increases the stomach size and sends the acid upwards.

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