HEARTBURN Symptoms, Causes & Treatments

It's called heartburn although that burning feeling in your chest has nothing to do with the heart uncomfortable and frustrating it bothers many women particularly during pregnancy the first question you may have is how to make it stop you may also wonder if treatments are safe for your baby learn what causes heartburn during pregnancy and what you can do about it symptoms so what does heartburn feel like in pregnancy heartburn happens when acid bubbles are from your gut and irritates your esophageal lining causing discomfort or pain you'll have a burning feeling in your chest behind your breastbone the sensation might start in your stomach and work its way up it also might get worse when you lie down or bend over heartburn is usually diagnosed based on your symptoms if it's severe or chronic your doctor may want to see if you have ger D gastro esophageal reflux disease causes during normal digestion food travels down the esophagus the tube between your mouth and stomach through a muscular valve called the lower esophageal sphincter le s and into the stomach the elias is part of the doorway between your esophagus and your stomach it opens to allow food through and closes to stop stomach acids from coming back up when you have heartburn or acid reflux the elias relaxes enough to allow stomach acid to rise up into the esophagus this can cause pain and burning in the chest area during pregnancy hormone changes can allow the muscles in the esophagus including the le s to relax more frequently the result is that more assets may seep back up particularly when you're lying down or after you've eaten a large meal in addition as your fetus grows during the second and third trimesters and your uterus expands to accommodate that growth your stomach is under more pressure this can also result in food and acid being pushed back up into your esophagus heartburn is a common occurrence for most people at one time or another but it doesn't necessarily mean you're pregnant however if you also experience other symptoms such as a missed period or nausea these could be signs that you need to take a pregnancy test treatments preventing heartburn is the best way to deal with it here are some helpful tips for avoiding heartburn eat 5 to 6 smaller meals throughout the day rather than 3 large meals wait an hour after eating to lie down avoid spicy greasy and fatty foods if you are experiencing heartburn there are a few natural ways to relieve the symptoms eat yogurt or drink a glass of milk try a tablespoon of honey in a glass of warm milk over-the-counter antacids may prove helpful in relieving your heartburn but do not take antacids without speaking to your healthcare provider some antacids contain high levels of sodium which can cause fluid buildup in body tissues some also contain aluminum which is not considered safe for pregnancy if your heartburn is severe your healthcare provider may prescribe medication for you every individual needs unique treatment and care we encourage people with acid reflux during pregnancy heartburn and their families to learn as much as possible about the latest medical treatment and approaches as well as healthy lifestyle choices stay strong leave long thank you

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