Stomach Acid in Pregnancy – A Heartburn Delight

Stomach-Acid-In-PregnancyDisclaimer: This post is sponsored however all information is based on my own personal experiences and research.

Finding out you are pregnant is one of the most exciting times in any woman’s life. However, along with pregnancy comes a long list of potential ailments. Some women are very lucky and don’t experience any issues. Other women suffer in agony and great discomfort from almost every possible pregnancy ailment on the list.

One ailment I personally suffered from during pregnancy was heartburn and indigestion. This was extremely uncomfortable for me and became particularly bad during late pregnancy.

Stomach Acid in Pregnancy - A Heartburn Delight l Me (Kelly) While Heavily Pregnant l

I am not alone. A clinical study financed by Reckitt Benckiser in 2012 found that up to 80% of pregnant women suffer from heartburn and indigestion symptoms.

My older relatives were quick to tell me that my baby must have a head full of hair. I shook my own head of hair at this. I knew this was nothing but an old wive’s tale. Stomach acid is actually the cause of heartburn!

Symptoms of Heartburn and Indigestion

Heartburn is often referred to as acid reflux. Symptoms are often described as a burning sensation in the back of the throat and chest area. Symptoms can last anywhere from a few minutes up to a few hours and will normally begin shortly after eating or drinking.

Indigestion is also known as dyspepsia. Symptoms vary but will often include feeling uncomfortably full or bloated, nauseous and the need to pass gas regularly, including burping and belching.

Symptoms are the same whether you are pregnant or not. Many sufferers will experience both indigestion and heartburn at the same time.

How Does Stomach Acid Cause Heartburn During Pregnancy?

Heartburn in pregnancy isn’t caused by a hairy baby as my relatives suggested but rather from stomach acid passing into the oesophagus (food pipe) from the stomach.

There are two main causes of stomach acid being pushed out of the stomach during pregnancy:

  • The unborn baby puts pressure on the stomach and digestive area causing stomach acid to be pushed into the food pipe, and;
  • An increase in pregnancy hormones causes the muscles at the entrance of the stomach to relax allowing stomach acid to travel back into the food pipe.

Diet, nutrition and lifestyle habits are also factors to consider when experiencing heartburn during pregnancy.

Stomach Acid in Pregnancy - Heartburn l Kelly During Late Pregnancy l

Treatment of Heartburn and Indigestion During Pregnancy

Research suggests eating a healthy diet and sleeping in a more upright position may help alleviate symptoms of indigestion and heartburn experienced during pregnancy.

There are some antacid medications available that are safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding. As a precaution, always seek professional medical advice before taking any medication to ease symptoms.

Are you pregnant and suffer from heartburn or indigestion? Have you noticed certain trigger foods? Mine was chocolate!! What are yours?

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored however all information is based on my own personal experiences and research. 

This post should be treated as general information only and under no circumstances should be considered medical advice or a diagnosis. If you are suffering from any of the symptoms outlined in this post, please seek medical advice from a qualified practitioner prior to taking any medication.

Photography by Tahlia Heedes Photography. Not sponsored or associated with this post in anyway other than the beautiful photos taken of me during my pregnancy!

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  1. I remember when I was having my babies I suffered with heartburn and yes I was also told I was having babies with lots of hair. Great post and a subject that is rarely seen so thanks. Have a great week.
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  2. Oh man, I suffered like crazy with this in both my pregnancies. Even more so in my second, when I was housing a huge 9 pounder. I almost vomited during the night with it a few times, and had to sleep upright for weeks. It was awful. Heartburn medicine did nothing for me toward the end.
    Baby was more than worth it though.
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  3. I had the worst reflux when I was pregnant and it still continues to this day! I wish I’d been able to read a post like yours when I was pregnant!

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and this great info at the #sundaysdownunder linky party!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz
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  4. I had people tell me that too about all the hair. lol Which turned out not to be true. But I did have heartburn during my pregnancies. Great post here! Glad I found you on TurnItUpTuesdays! Pinned and Followed (jody53)
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