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What is GERD?

Pregnancy and GERD

Most pregnant women have symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), especially heartburn, at some point. These symptoms may start at any time during a pregnancy, and often get worse throughout the pregnancy. Heartburn is common when you are pregnant. That's because hormones cause the digestive system to slow down. The muscles that push food down the esophagus also move more slowly when you are pregnant. And as the uterus grows, it pushes on the stomach. This can sometimes force stomach acid up into the esophagus.

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GERD symptoms are common during pregnancy, but they rarely cause complications, such as inflammation of the esophagus (esophagitis). Most of the time, symptoms of heartburn improve after the baby is born.

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Treatment for pregnant women with GERD is like treatment for other people who have GERD. It focuses first on lifestyle changes and nonprescription medicines. You can make changes to your lifestyle to help relieve your symptoms of GERD.

“Thank goodness for this coffee! I have medical conditions that require me to stay away from acidic foods/drinks. Also, I have negative reactions to daily caffeine intake. I've had many "fake coffees" trying to find something to replace my irreplaceable morning cup of warm creamy love! Thanks to Mommee Coffee, I can drink real coffee without the negative side effects!”

Here are some things to try:

  • Change your eating habits.
    • It's best to eat several small meals instead of two or three large meals.
    • After you eat, wait 2 to 3 hours before you lie down. Late-night snacks aren't a good idea.
    • Chocolate and mint can make GERD worse. They relax the valve between the esophagus and the stomach.
    • Spicy foods, foods that have a lot of acid (like tomatoes and oranges), and coffee can make GERD symptoms worse in some people. If your symptoms are worse after you eat a certain food, you may want to stop eating that food to see if your symptoms get better.
  • Do not smoke or chew tobacco.
  • If you have GERD symptoms at night, raise the head of your bed 6 in. to 8 in. by putting the frame on blocks or placing a foam wedge under the head of your mattress.
  • Most non-prescription antacids are safe to use when you are pregnant. But antacids that contain sodium bicarbonate can cause fluid to build up, so pregnant women should not take them. It is okay to use antacids that contain calcium carbonate (such as Tums).

Sourced from WebMD.com

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