Indigestion and Heartburn in Pregnancy

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Indigestion (also called ‘dyspepsia’) and heartburn are really common problems during pregnancy, which cause a burning pain in your throat and stomach.

For most mothers-to-be, these conditions don’t tend to pose much of a problem, although the symptoms can be unpleasant to deal with in the short term.

If you’re experiencing frequent attacks of heartburn or indigestion during the course of your pregnancy, don’t delay – speak to a doctor today.

Our GPs can provide recommendations on treating the symptoms of these unpleasant conditions and preventing further attacks.

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Symptoms of Heartburn and Indigestion in Pregnancy

Indigestion usually occurs after eating or drinking and is characterised by a burning sensation in the throat. This is caused when the lining of your stomach (the ‘mucosa’) becomes irritated by stomach acid.

While most women will experience heartburn at some stage during their pregnancy, attacks are usually pretty mild and few and far between.

In more severe cases, you might also experience:
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Bloating in the stomach
  • Feeling uncomfortably full
  • Gas build-ups, belching and flatulence
  • Heartburn is more common in mid-to-late pregnancy and occurs when stomach acid makes its way back into the oesophagus.
It can cause irritation in the lower chest and back of the throat and tends to be caused by over-eating or pressure being placed on your stomach as the baby grows.

Hormonal changes that take place during your pregnancy can also contribute, since it relaxes the muscles separating the gullet and stomach. Psychological factors, like stress and fatigue, are also thought to contribute. Speak to a Doctor About Heartburn and Indigestion

Treating Heartburn and Indigestion During Pregnancy

Heartburn and indigestion are treated in similar ways. There’s a range of medications that can help to minimise the effects of symptoms, while lifestyle changes are usually recommended to prevent attacks from reoccurring in the long term.

If you’re suffering from heartburn or indigestion during the course of your pregnancy – speak to a doctor today. Our GPs can offer tailored advice and treatment recommendations to ensure you have a happy, comfortable pregnancy.

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