Relief from Heartburn and Indigestion During Pregnancy

Many women suffer from heartburn (acid reflux) or indigestion during pregnancy and it tends to become more common as pregnancy progresses.

In fact, it can arise as early as the second trimester!

Why do I get heartburn or indigestion during pregnancy?

There are two main reasons why heartburn and, to a lesser extent, indigestion are common at this time.

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.

What can I do to relieve it?

The symptoms of heartburn and indigestion are the same for anyone else who suffers. Although harmless to you and your baby, it can be painful and leave you feeling uncomfortable. There are some simple steps you can take if you are pregnant and suffering from heartburn or indigestion, including:

  • Eating a healthy, balanced diet
  • Sitting and/or sleeping in a more upright position (try propping yourself up with some extra pillows)
  • Nine out of ten pregnant women found Gaviscon Double Strength Liquid effective for heartburn treatment **
    (**Lindow et al, 2003 – clinical study with Gaviscon Advance – financial sponsor RB)

During pregnancy you will naturally be wary about taking medicines, however you need not put up with the symptoms of heartburn or indigestion. Gaviscon Double Strength Liquid is suitable to use during pregnancy and whilst breastfeeding.

What makes Gaviscon suitable for pregnancy?

Gaviscon Double Strength is derived from natural ingredients such as seaweed and is both sugar and gluten free. It works with the body by forming a protective barrier on top of the stomach contents. The physical barrier helps prevent the acid rising into the oesophagus (food pipe) meaning that Gaviscon does not need to be absorbed into the bloodstream to provide effective relief.

Medicines can affect the unborn baby. Always talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking any medicine in pregnancy.

References:
*Strugala et al, 2012 – clinical study with Gaviscon Liquid – financial sponsor RB
**Lindow et al, 2003 – clinical study with Gaviscon Advance – financial sponsor RB

Information for this advertorial was provided by Gaviscon.

4 Comments

  1. dawnblyth 06/05/2019 at 12:09 am

    Awesome product, worked really well for me and would recommend.

  2. Bevik1971 02/05/2019 at 10:25 am

    I had terrible heartburn with my first pregnancy (26 years ago now) and can remember really that was the only issue I had luckily. I was advised not to take Gaviscon or similar from memory and used to suck on Tums, which didn’t have some of the chemical stuff and seemed to work fine then. My second pregnancy I had a little heartburn but it wasn’t bad enough to have to take anything luckily.

  3. Shorrty4life1 29/04/2019 at 8:25 pm

    I found this super interesting especially the part stating what causes indigestion and heartburn during pregnancy. It’s really intriguing to read stuff like this while studying nursing to bring my knowledge up even more as it’s stuff I don’t know. I found quickeze chewies good while I was pregnant with my second child I had major heartburn it was absolutely terrible. I always put it down to my children having heaps of hair lol.

  4. Micht 29/04/2019 at 6:09 pm

    I highly recommend gaviscon for indigestion in pregnancy and even nausea …the peppermint flavour of the original really made a huge difference to me…it helped me keep my small bits of food down and digested… i absolutely lived on this stuff and always tell my struggling friends and family to use these during pregnancy… ( although some dont believe me lol)

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