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, by the third trimester nearly three quarters of pregnant women can suffer from heartburn.
- 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
You can also talk to your doctor as there are some products in the Gaviscon range that are suitable for pregnant women.
Always consult your doctor before taking any medicine in
Medicines can affect the unborn baby. Always talk to your doctor before taking any medicine in pregnancy.