o. Heartburn



Heartburn occurs when the stomach acids flow back into the lower end of the esophagus (reflux). During pregnancy, there are two causes: hormones relax the muscles of the upper opening of the stomach allowing acids to reflux; and your uterus, which is growing, pushes against the stomach causing acids to flow back into the esophagus.

What can I do?

Advice to avoid heartburn.

If you have heartburn:

  • Take small mouthfuls of water or milk.
  • Sit or stand straight. The horizontal positions aggravate the condition.
  • At night, raise the head of your bed or use additional pillows.
  • Try sleeping on your side.

If nothing works?

  • Talk with your health care provider or pharmacist before taking any antacids or other type of medication.