Dealing with heartburn in pregnancy
Pregnancy hormones cause all types of amazing changes to your body as it works to prepare and grow a brand new life.
Some of those changes come with unpleasant side effects, such as heartburn, and its close relative indigestion.
Although harmless to you and your baby, heartburn (acid reflux) and indigestion can be annoying, painful and leave you feeling very uncomfortable (1).
Fortunately there’s a pregnancy-safe product available that can help extinguish the fire. Gaviscon Double Strength Liquid works by forming a barrier over the stomach contents, and is not absorbed, so poses no theoretical harm for mother or baby (1).
Most women describe their symptoms of heartburn (acid reflux) as a kind of tightening or burning sensation in the back of the throat and chest area. Some also feel nauseous, and experience a bitter or acidic taste in the back of the throat.
Unfortunately, heartburn tends to become more common as your pregnancy progresses and can even arise as early as the second trimester.
There are two main reasons why these two annoying symptoms are so common during pregnancy:
• the hormones released during pregnancy that relax the muscles, also relax the stomach valve that keeps acid out of the oesophagus, causing stomach acid to travel back up into the oesophagus causing heartburn (1)
• during the latter stages of pregnancy symptoms can also be caused by the baby physically putting pressure on the woman's digestive tract.
Gaviscon’s - studies show that 9 out of 10 pregnant women found Gaviscon Double Strength Liquid gave rapid effective relief from symptoms of heartburn (reflux) in pregnancy (1).
Gaviscon Double Strength is derived from natural ingredients such as seaweed and is both sugar-and gluten-free.
1 Lindow et al. Int.J Clinical Pract 2003; 57(3):175-179
Always read the label and use only as directed.
If on a low sodium diet please refer to product label for sodium content. Medicines can affect the unborn baby.
Always consult your doctor or pharmacist before taking any medicine during pregnancy.
If symptoms persist consult your healthcare professional.
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