My healthy pregnancy

Reflux and heartburn

According to the myth, reflux and heartburn are precursors to having a baby with a full head of hair. However, as of the second trimester of pregnancy, it is something a majority of women suffer from, and not all babies are born with hair


Hormones are to blame again for the discomfort. They help to relax involuntary muscles, including the valve situated between the stomach and the oesophagus. When it is difficult for this valve to close, stomach acid can get into the oesophagus, causing discomfort in the chest.

Unfortunately, reflux and heartburn become more intense as your delivery date approaches because your baby takes up more and more space in your abdomen. The pressure on your stomach slows digestion and pushes acid up into your oesophagus.

Suggestion to reduce your symptoms :

  • Use several pillows to sleep in a semi-seated position, because sleeping curled up or lying down can make symptoms worse.
  • Don’t go to bed right after eating a meal.
  • Don’t squeeze your beautiful baby bump into clothing that is too tight.
  • Eat small portions more frequently.
  • Avoid drinking water when eating.
  • Avoid fatty or creamy food.
  • Certain foods irritate the stomach more, such as coffee, tea, soft drinks, tomato juice and strong spices.
  • Breathing exercises to help open your rib cage can help before your meals and before you go to sleep.

Milk and yogurt are another myth when it comes to heartburn. While they neutralize acidity for some women, they can cause it in others.

Taking an antacid such as calcium carbonate (e.g., Tums®), is safe and effective for you and your baby, as long as you take the recommended dose.

However, certain over-the-counter medications are risky for your baby. Your Accès pharma affiliated pharmacist can discuss available options and recommended dosages with you.

If your symptoms don’t improve, worsen, or are accompanied by fever, nausea, vomiting or headaches, talk to your health professional.

This information is not a substitute for professional medical advice and Accès pharma affiliated pharmacist-owners cannot be held responsible for this information. The information was true and accurate at the time of publication, but it is subject to change.

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