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Eating better to reduce heartburn associated with pregnancy

Posted on 25-04-2017

Heartburn is one of the most common concerns for expectant mothers, 50% of whom suffer from the problem during pregnancy

The Obstetrics and Gynecology Unit at Hospiten Estepona recommends following certain habits to reduce heartburn during pregnancy - one of the most common complaints of patients visiting the hospital, affecting 50% of pregnant women. 

Have five or six small meals during the day; avoid very fatty, fried or spicy foods; stay away from alcohol, carbonated drinks and tobacco; trying to eat two hours before going to bed or resting with your head slightly propped up are some of the guidelines the hospital considers should be taken into account at the onset of heartburn during pregnancy. 

Heartburn usually appears after the third month of pregnancy, although it is in the third trimester when the mother-to-be may notice more symptoms that will disappear definitively after delivery. This is due to the pressure of the uterus on the stomach and the effect produced by progesterone by weakening the tone of the esophageal sphincter. This discomfort is normal in pregnancy and usually alleviated by modifying daily routines as described above.

The hospital also reminds women that although antacids can be taken in extreme cases in which heartburn becomes a persistent discomfort, it is essential to see a specialist and for the mother-to-be to follow the doctor’s advice. Hospiten also reminds pregnant women that it is very important to have regular medical check-ups, not only to control the health of the fetus, but also to help the mother manage the typical problems that come up during pregnancy.