Heartburn discomfort is a common complaint during pregnancy. It may begin early in pregnancy, although generally it becomes more severe as pregnancy progresses. Heartburn is caused by reflux (regurgitation) of stomach contents into the esophagus.
Heartburn occurs more frequently during pregnancy because of two factorsâ€”decreased gastrointestinal function and compression of the stomach by the uterus as it grows larger and moves up into the abdomen.
The foods you eat may affect heartburn. Find foods (and amounts) that don't cause discomfort. Eliminate foods that cause problems. Add foods you tolerate well that benefit you and your growing baby.
|Heartburn is a burning discomfort felt behind the lower part of the sternum (breastbone). Indigestion refers to the inability to digest food or difficulty digesting food. If you have indigestion, eat foods that "agree" with you; avoid spicy foods. Eat small meals frequently. If you need them, take antacids after meals, but don't overmedicate.|