Heartburn and indigestion are a common annoyance during pregnancy. Even women who have never had these problems before will probably experience it when pregnant. There is nothing dangerous about this heartburn or indigestion, but it is quite uncomfortable during a time when just about everything is uncomfortable.

Indigestion is a feeling of discomfort or pain in the upper abdomen and chest. This can be a feeling of fullness and bloating, and can be accompanied by belching and nausea. Heartburn is one of the symptoms of indigestion and is a burning sensation that can be felt down the throat and into the breastbone. It happens because of all the hormonal and bodily changes that come along with pregnancy. This is mostly present during the latter half of pregnancy and will come unpredictably.
 
Is there a way to prevent heartburn and ease the discomfort?
There are some tricks to try, including avoiding gassy foods and carbonated drinks, eat smaller meals, drink sparingly while eating, chew gum after a meal, sleep propped up with pillows, don’t eat right before going to bed, and wear clothes that fit loosely. It is always advised to avoid alcohol and cigarettes when pregnant, but especially to avoid heartburn. As much as there is to avoid, be certain to eat a healthy diet and drink water as gaining the right amount of weight is essential for both you and your baby.
 
Before utilizing the help of over the counter antacids, ask your doctor or pharacist whether or not it is okay. Some of these drugs contain aspirin, aluminum, or high quantities of sodium. Some mums report that mints (polo, silvermints) can help too. Try out different mints and see what works for you.
 
If you are getting heartburn, you may also be experiencing morning sickness. See what other mums recommend for morning sickness here.
 
 

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