Even though pregnancy can make you experience some of the best nuances of motherhood, it can also make you feel many discomforts. One such thing is – Heartburn.
Acidity or indigestion causes a sudden burning sensation in your chest which can be a painful one. If you experience heartburn during pregnancy, don’t panic as it quite common among pregnant women. But you must never ignore the symptoms of heartburn. This is because some severe symptoms can be harmful and hence it is important to treat it when the first symptoms show up.
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About Heartburn In Pregnancy:
Acid reflux results in heartburn and is termed as GERD or Gastroesophageal Reflux disease.When the baby in your womb grows, the weight of your baby would also be a reason behind heartburn.
- Women who have late pregnancies are more prone to heartburn than women who become young mothers.
- Your hormone progestero
- If you have heartburn regularly during your pregnancy, you might find it difficult to eat or lie down owing to acid reflux.
- Generally heartburn becomes worse when you have the following issues discussed below.
- There is more than one baby in your womb.
- If your baby is big in size.
- If your baby is in breech position inside the womb then you will experience frequent heartburn.
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What Causes Heartburn During Pregnancy?
Acid reflux occurs when the contents of your stomach flows back through the esophagus tube. The junction where the esophagus joins with the stomach is called the cardiac sphincter. This cardiac sphincter must function perfectly in order to stop this flow and keep the food in your stomach.
1. Improper Working Of The Cardiac Sphincter:
If the cardiac sphincter does not function properly or becomes weak owing to your pregnancy, then it can lead to heartburn.
- This would cause the contents in your stomach to reach the esophagus.
- Certain enzymes and hormones secreted during your pregnancy causes this flow.
2. Hiatal Hernia:
Heartburn would occur if you have this condition during your time of pregnancy. Hiatal hernia is caused when a part of your stomach pushes into your chest via your diaphragm, as your baby gets bigger.
3. Infection Due To H. Pylori:
Pylori is a type of bacteria that is capable of causing problems in your intestine.
- The presence of this bacterium in your body can cause bloating, burping, pain and even stomach ulcers.
- This bacterium is a major cause for heartburn that you experience while you are pregnant.
The chronic inflammation of your protective stomach lining is called gastritis. If you experience gastritis problem, this can lead to sever heartburn conditions during your pregnancy.
5. Complicated Pregnancy:
If you are carrying multiple babies in your womb there would be high pressure in your abdominal cavity. If there are discrepancies during your pregnancy, then you will surely experience heartburn.
6. More Causes Of Heartburn:
The above mentioned are some of the symptoms that can cause heartburn when you are pregnant. However, there are few more causes which might be the result of a sedentary lifestyle that you follow.
- Overweight or obesity
- Eating oily and spicy food
- Excessive consumption of alcohol or caffeine
- Lying down or sleeping immediately after meals
- When under certain strong medications
- Consumption of medicines like ibuprofen or aspirin
Symptoms Of Heartburn During Pregnancy:
As a would-be mom, do not neglect the symptoms of heartburn. The symptoms are signals sent by your body to indicate that something is not right and needs attention immediately. You might experience one or few of these symptoms of heartburn during pregnancy.
- Throat pain while swallowing
- Difficulty in swallowing food
- Panic and breadth shortness
- Bloody stools
- Sudden pain in the back up till the shoulders
- Feeling of dizziness or light-headedness
- Pain in the chest
- Sweating profusely while experiencing chest pain
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When Is Heartburn A Serious Issue?
Though not all heart burns are associated with heart attack, some serious and severe heartburn might lead to the same. Hence it is important for you to seek immediate medical help if you face all or one of these serious symptoms.
- Breathing difficulty
- Arm pain or jaw pain
- Extreme and almost crushing pain in the chest
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