Pregnancy

Heartburn During Pregnancy: Causes and Home Remedies

Team Peanut5 days ago4 min read

Heartburn is a bit icky at the best of times. Heartburn during pregnancy? Not exactly ideal – we know.

Pregnant woman in bed

However, it’s all for a good cause. Despite the aches and pains, you’ll soon be gifted with a tiny little beautiful bundle of life. And that’ll surely make all of this discomfort melt away.

Before they arrive, though, you’ve probably landed here with some questions about heartburn while pregnant. And yep, we’ve got the answers.

Pregnancy heartburn: the symptoms?

Call it whatever you like: indigestion, acid reflux, heartburn. It’s all the same thing. And the symptoms of heartburn while pregnant are much the same as heartburn while not pregnant. Nope, they’re not our favorite feelings either:

  • A burning sensation in the chest or in the throat
  • Food coming back up
  • Fullness, heaviness, or bloating
  • Burping or belching
  • Feeling sick – or, at times, being sick

Sound familiar? As you’ll probably know, they’ll come on after eating or drinking usually – although it needn’t be right away. These things can take a little while after eating to make themselves felt.

What week does heartburn start in pregnancy?

When does heartburn start in pregnancy? You can, of course, feel these symptoms at any time (you lucky thing). Many mamas-to-be feel them right from the starting line – and will complete the whole course with this nasty collection of symptoms.

However, according to the NHS, they’re most likely to kick in hard around 27 weeks or after.

What does heartburn mean during pregnancy?

It means that the little squirt inside you is sat on your stomach, that’s what it means! As your uterus expands, there’s a fierce competition for space going on inside you. And that means your stomach gets a bit squashed, squeezing out its contents like a tube of toothpaste. Nice.

However, it’s not all down to baby starting to grow. Your pregnancy hormones are starting to make you relax too. And while that helps everything work as it should, it also means that the tight lid of your gastrointestinal system doesn’t close quite how it used to. And that means it’s a little more likely to leak.

Is heartburn a good sign in pregnancy?

It’s a question we hear a lot. A good sign? Not really (it probably doesn’t feel like a good sign, does it?). But a bad sign? Absolutely definitely not.

Heartburn is just one of those things that happens. And, by the way, it’s more likely to happen in women who have had heartburn before.

How to get rid of heartburn during pregnancy

Heartburn sucks, yes indeed. But just because it happens, doesn’t mean that you have to simply grin and bear it.

Here are some tips on how to stop heartburn in pregnancy.

  • Watch what you’re noshing. You might notice that you get particularly bad heartburn after eating certain foods. For some that’s spicy stuff, for others deep-fried, greasy meals. Whichever it is for you, consider avoiding. (It’ll be there again once baby’s arrived on the scene.)
  • Keep meals small and slow. If you’re full to the brim after every meal, you’re more likely to feel the effects of heartburn. If you eat very quickly, that’ll worsen symptoms too. Keep it chill – and try not to gulp down drinks either.
  • Stay upright after meals. Lolling around after dinner might make heartburn symptoms more likely. Maybe go for a little stroll or do some tidying instead. That means no late-night dinners either.
  • Find some home remedies for heartburn during pregnancy. Chewing gum can help neutralize acid in your throat – while almonds, ginger, milk, and papaya are said to help, too.

What can I take for heartburn while pregnant?

This is for those who want to know how to get rid of heartburn during pregnancy fast. What can you take?

Antacids are a classic cure for heartburn. Generally, meds like these – and the similar alginates – work great.

However, in pregnancy, many docs recommend that you stay clear of certain types of medicines containing sodium bicarbonate, aspirin, and magnesium trisilicate. These are not always safe for mamas-to-be.

If in doubt, who ya gonna call? The doctor, yes, or your healthcare professional. They’ll be able to advise on the best thing for your discomfort. Meaning you can better focus on getting prepped for the imminent arrival!