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Why are pregnant women more susceptible to heartburn?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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31 years experience
Progesterone: This hormone tends to go up very high quite early in pregnancy. It slows down your GI tract motility...Slows things down. That means food sits in your stomach longer. Plus the added pressure on the stomach causes food to regurgitate into the esophagus. Eat small meals, avoid onions, tomatoes and garlic.
Dr. Fareen Rahman
Internal Medicine and Pediatrics 21 years experience
Pressure : There is ralaxation of muscles in pregnancy and the one responsible for preventing reflux would be affected as well as there is pressure from the baby on the stomach causing reflux.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Heartburn & pregnant: Heartburn is expected as part of pregnancy due to (1) upward pressure from the growing baby upon the stomach, and (2) the effect of progesterone in relaxing the sphincter between the esophagus and stomach. There may be some medications that are safe to take in pregnancy, but please consult with your Obstetrician first as not all medications are safe for the baby.

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Why do pregnant women get heartburn ?

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Dr. Ivy Fisher
Pediatrics 45 years experience
Gastritis in pregnan: Since you are growing a baby in your uterus and that is growing bigger over time, your stomach has less room. This also produces more HCL (acid) in your stomach which can contribute to acute gastritis in time. Reduce milk, citrus, spicy foods and more water. Can take Zantac for discomforting symptoms.

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