What percent of women get heartburn during pregnancy?
More than 50% of all pregnant women report symptoms of severe heartburn during pregnancy, particularly during their second and third trimesters.
Although heartburn is not usually a sign of a serious problem, it can be uncomfortable or painful. Gastroesophageal reflux is often called “acid reflux” or “heartburn.”
Indigestion is also common during pregnancy and can occur with heartburn. Also known as “dyspepsia,” indigestion is just another name for an upset stomach. You’ll know you have indigestion if you feel very full, bloated or gassy (oh, the joys of pregnancy!)
Heartburn occurs when gastric acid from your stomach, is pushed up toward your esophagus (the pipe between your mouth and your stomach). This causes a burning sensation behind your breastbone or a burning sensation that starts in your stomach and seems to rise up. You may also have a sour taste in your mouth or a feeling that vomit is rising in your throat (we always say pregnancy is amazing, except when it’s not!)
During pregnancy, hormones relax the muscles in your digestive tract, including the valve in the esophagus. This allows stomach acids to more easily seep back up the esophagus, especially when you’re lying down. Heartburn is likely to worsen in the second and third trimesters, when your growing uterus presses on your stomach.
Try these tips to prevent pregnancy heartburn:
Consult your healthcare provider prior to taking any medication while pregnant or nursing.
Follow the directions on the package.
*No medication is considered 100% safe during pregnancy or nursing.