Heartburn During Pregnancy: Why It Happens and How You Can Beat It
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It's estimated that 30% to 80% of women experience heartburn at some point during pregnancy. Factors such as hormonal changes and increasing size and weight can contribute to the painful burning sensation. There are ways to avoid and cure heartburn during pregnancy that you may not know about such as staying upright after eating and chewing sugarless gum.
Read on to discover all the possible causes of pregnancy heartburn as well as some treatment options, both conventional and unconventional.
Pregnancy Heartburn: How and Why It Starts
- Why Pregnant Women Get Heartburn
It's estimated that 30% to 80% of all women experience heartburn at some point during pregnancy. Here's why.
- Why are Pregnant Women Prone to Heartburn?
Changes in hormones during pregnancy can loosen the ligaments that keep the lower esophageal sphincter closed, increasing the risk of acid reflux.
Pregnancy Heartburn and Your Baby
- I never had heartburn before I became pregnant. Will my heartburn stop after I give birth?
If you experience heartburn while pregnant, many lifestyle changes, such as those discussed in Prevention, are helpful.
- Since I became pregnant, I've stopped drinking coffee and alcohol. Is there anything else I should do to avoid heartburn during my pregnancy?
Many lifestyle changes can be helpful to prevent heartburn during pregnancy.
- Does my heartburn during my pregnancy affect my baby in any way?
A link between heartburn itself and the health of your baby has not been established.
Heartburn During Pregnancy: How to Stop the Burn
- Delivering Relief
Preventing and treating pregnancy-related heartburn.
- What Your Ob-Gyn Needs to Know About Your Heartburn
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