Heartburn & Pregnancy

      Heartburn

      during

      pregnancy

      Heartburn is a burning feeling in the chest caused by stomach acid travelling up towards the throat.

      Heartburn during pregnancy

      Suffering from heartburn during pregnancy? Don’t worry, 82% of pregnant women do.

      Causes & Symptoms

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      What causes heartburn during pregnancy? Well, there are usually two main reasons you’re suffering:

      1. Hormones released in pregnancy relax the muscles that normally keep stomach acid down. 
      2. As your bump grows, it puts increasing pressure on your oesophagus, making it more likely for heartburn to occur.

      What are the symptoms of heartburn during pregnancy?

      • A bloated feeling
      • Burning/pain in the chest area
      • Burping
      • Bringing up food
      • Feeling sick, or vomiting

      FAQs

      Is it okay to take Gaviscon if I’m pregnant?

      Absolutely. Gaviscon Advance is a special formulation designed for pregnant mothers and recurrent sufferers alike. It’s a safe, fast-acting and effective treatment.

      How long do heartburn symptoms last?

      Symptoms of heartburn can differ from a dull ache that lasts for 5 minutes after eating, to a burning pain that arises when your body is reacting to stress. If you are experiencing uncomfortable pains irregularly or more intensely than usual, always consult a doctor.

      Is heartburn during pregnancy common?

      Extremely. The influx of progesterone and the growing baby in your belly both work together to make heartburn during pregnancy a reality that many mothers face.

      Treatment

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      Heartburn during pregnancy is common, and the good news is that there are safe and effective treatments for it.

      As an anti-systemic, Gaviscon Advance is specially designed for pregnant mothers because the solution does not enter your bloodstream - resulting in heartburn relief with the knowledge you’re keeping your little one safe.

      You can also look to make lifestyle changes. Consider:

      • Eating small meals rather than three big portions a day
      • Watching your posture (a straight, upright back is good, especially when eating)