Struggling with heartburn
You’re not alone. Around two thirds of pregnant women suffer from it throughout their pregnancy and it typically gets worse before it gets better! We’ve partnered with Gaviscon to find out what it is and what you can do to reduce symptoms
Q: What exactly is heartburn/acid reflux?
It’s when acidic stomach contents are regurgitated back up into the oesophagus, which feels like a burning sensation in the throat and chest. Symptoms are often worse immediately after food or while lying down (chasing that all important shut-eye).
Q: Why is it so common in pregnancy?
An expanding uterus puts pressure on the lower oesophageal sphincter (the ring of muscle at the base of the oesophagus), which is thought to cause it to loosen and allow those acidic stomach contents to flow up into it. Also, the huge surge in oestrogen and progesterone may also affect the pattern of relaxation on the lower oesophageal sphincter, resulting in the same effect.
Q: Any tips and tricks for alleviating symptoms?
+ Eating smaller meals.
+ Sleep in a more upright position.
+ Avoid food 2-3 hours before bed, especially spicy or acidic food.
+ Drink fluids mostly between meals rather than during.
Symptom relief with Gaviscon
Gaviscon Extra Strength liquid is fast, soothing and long lasting. Gaviscon Extra Strength Liquid is suitable for use while pregnant and breastfeeding, available in aniseed and peppermint flavours.
For temporary relief of heartburn and indigestion. Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional. Reckitt Benckiser, Auckland. 0800 40 30 30. TAPS NA13454.