Acid Reflux Symptoms in Women During Pregnancy
Even if you have never had heartburn before, you might face it for the first time while pregnant. Pregnancy comes with a nasty list of side effects and as if your hormone swings and weight gain weren’t enough to send you to the edge, you might just end up with acid indigestion as well.
An increase in hormones can often lead to acid reflux symptoms in women while pregnant. These hormones cause softening of the lower esophageal sphincter, the flap that keeps your stomach’s goodies where they belong and out of your esophagus. The increased pressure on your stomach due to the little bundle of joy brewing within can also cause these symptoms. Aside from the obvious discomfort associated with acid reflux, an acidic and sour taste in the mouth may also accompany the telltale symptom.
Acid reflux symptoms in women while pregnant also includes many common symptoms of the condition including hiccups, coughing, difficulty when swallowing, a feeling of stuck food, stomach pain and bloating, vomiting and nausea, and hoarseness. Hormone changes that occur during pregnancy can exaggerate these symptoms.
What’s worse for pregnant women is that there are substantially fewer acid reflux remedies available for women who are expecting. You will need to speak to your doctor before trying any medication, even over the counter, as it may have undesirable effects on your condition. Acid reflux symptoms in women can be much more intense, and are exponentially harder to care for given the limited range of treatment options available.
Thankfully, many home remedies and comfort options will help relieve the associated discomfort. Acid reflux foods to avoid are things that are hot and spicy or overly greasy, or anything that you have eaten before that has caused your condition to worsen. Drinking lots of water, kicking a smoking habit, and exercising can help too. Resting in an elevated position with your head up when uncomfortable can also ease unpleasant symptoms, using good old gravity to help coax your stomach’s contents back where they belong. Eating smaller meals and eating slowly may also help keep your esophagus happy.
Acid indigestion is a pain whether pregnant or not, but the limited availability of treatment resources to pregnant women make treating this condition harder. Prevention is key and keeping a diary of things that trigger your symptoms and avoiding those triggers can help, and your doctor will have other good advice for you that can leave you worrying less about your heartburn and more about baby clothes and booties.