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