There is an old wives’ tale that claims heartburn during pregnancy means the baby will have lots of hair. While there is little truth to this tale, many women still experience intense digestive issues (indegestion) while carrying baby.
Causes of Heartburn
Pregnancy hormones are responsible for relaxing muscles and ligaments to prepare your body for birth. The effect of these hormones is not focused enough to stop the relaxation of other muscles, including the stomach muscles that prevent acid from backing up into the throat. As the muscles relax, more acid escapes and moves upward causing the painful burning known as heartburn.
Important Facts About Heartburn
Painful heartburn during pregnancy cannot be avoided, but it can be easily treated. As the pregnancy grows closer to birth, your baby's kicking feet and stretching hands may cause an increase in heartburn symptoms.
Treatments for Heartburn
Heartburn is one of the side effects of increasing pregnancy hormones that can be treated with ease. Moms can avoid the worst heartburn symptoms during pregnancy by avoiding foods that cause heartburn including spicy, fried and high fat foods. Alcohol, citrus and caffeine can also increase heartburn symptoms.
Women who are pregnant should also try to eat more slowly. Speeding through a meal can cause air to trap between swallows. This air can cause indigestion, which can lead to heartburn and gas. Eating fast also means you are not chewing foods thoroughly, which is another cause of heartburn.
Tums and Rolaids are safe for use during pregnancy and can help treat heartburn. Heartburn medications with sodium or sodium bicarbonate are not safe for pregnant moms so do not use them.