For some, the second trimester marks the onset of
heartburn during pregnancy; also known as acid indigestion
or acid reflux, it is a burning sensation that is
felt at the back of the throat. Sometimes it is accompanied
by an acid taste is felt in the mouth. It is not harmful
to the baby but quite uncomfortable for the mother.
Hormonal and physical changes are responsible for
this. It usually occurs after eating or at nights.
High levels of progesterone relaxes
the muscles, impedes digestion and this causes the
stomach acids to flow up into the throat and sometimes
into the mouth. The valve at the top of your stomach
is not effectively closed.
Your growing uterus compounds
matters by squeezing your stomach upwards
There are things you can do about heartburn
• Eat several small portions a day instead of
three square meals in large sizes
• Avoid spice, fizz, fried or fatty foods, rich
foods, mint foods, processed foods and anything that
is laden with additives and preservatives.
• Cut down on caffeine
• Try ginger or mint tea; sip cold water or
• Chew your food slowly and properly; sit upright
while eating or drinking to aid in digestion
• Try not to gain too much of weight
• Try foods that help neutralize your stomach
acids such as milk or yoghurt or acidophilus drinks
• Give yourself 2-3 hours break before lying
• Try elevating your head with some pillows
instead of lying flat on your bed or couch
• Bend from your knees and not the waist when
you pick things up
• Wear clothes and sleepwear that is not restrictive
around the waist
• If none of these work, ask your doctor for
a suitable antacid that are safe during pregnancy
Tidbits to munch on..
A myth, but some women (not from your generation most
probably), feel that heartburn during pregnancy means
that the baby will have lots of hair. The fact however
is heartburn has much more to do with your hormones
than baby's hair!