Many women suffer from both heartburn (acid reflux) and indigestion during pregnancy and it tends to become more common as the pregnancy progresses. In fact, it can arise as early as the second trimester, affecting up to 80%* of pregnant women.
- The surge in the hormone progesterone causes muscles to relax. This includes the sphincter (ring of muscle) at the entrance to the stomach. When this relaxes, stomach acids are able to travel back up into the oesophagus (food pipe) causing heartburn.
- During the latter stages of pregnancy symptoms can also be caused by the baby physically putting pressure on the woman's digestive tract.
- eating a healthy diet
- sitting and/or sleeping in a more upright position
*Strugala et al, 2012 - clinical study with Gaviscon Liquid - financial sponsor RB
**Lindow et al, 2003 - clinical study with Gaviscon Advance - financial sponsor RB
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Soothing relief from heartburn.
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