This is Gaviscon’s guide to understanding the causes, symptoms, and treatments of a common side-effect of pregnancy.
You may experience heartburn or indigestion at some point during your pregnancy. Heartburn, also referred to as acid reflux tends to become more likely as your pregnancy develops.
If you’re suffering with symptoms of heartburn, such as a burning sensation behind your rib cage at the top of your chest, how can you tell what’s causing your discomfort?
The two most common causes of heartburn during pregnancy are:
Progesterone surge - The surge in the hormone progesterone causes your muscles to relax. This includes the sphincter (ring of muscle) at the entrance to your stomach). When this relaxes, stomach acids can travel back up into your oesophagus (food pipe) to cause heartburn.
Pressure from baby - During the latter stages of your pregnancy, symptoms can also be caused by the baby physically putting pressure on your digestive tract.
65% OF WOMEN DON’T TAKE ANY ACTION TO HELP TREAT THEIR HEARTBURN AND INDIGESTION SYMPTOMS. THIS COMPARES TO 35% OF MEN.
How you can tell if you’re suffering from heartburn and how can you ease your pain?
For most pregnant women, the symptoms of heartburn and indigestion are similar:
Two simple lifestyle changes - Although usually harmless to you and your baby, heartburn can be painful and uncomfortable. There are two things worth trying straight away:
Ask your doctor about Gaviscon - Many Gaviscon products are suitable for use during pregnancy and can help ease the symptoms of heartburn and indigestion that often comes with it.
What medicines are suitable to take for you and your baby?
During pregnancy, you’ll naturally be wary about taking medicines. However, you don’t need to put up with the symptoms of heartburn or indigestion as there are suitable remedies available. Gaviscon Advance and its extra Strength Formula is suitable for pregnancy.
DID YOU KNOW 9 OUT OF 10 PREGNANT WOMEN FOUND GAVISCON EFFECTIVE?
Gaviscon Advance – The Gaviscon range provides effective pregnancy heartburn relief and is suitable while you’re breastfeeding.
Medicines can affect the unborn baby. Always talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking any medicine in pregnancy.
Gaviscon Advance Peppermint Oral Suspension. For Heartburn and Indigestion. Always read the label.
Article published January 1st, 2020