How will pregnancy affect my GERD?

GERD and Pregnancy

More than one-half of all pregnant women report symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux, or GERD, particularly during their third trimester. GERD occurs during pregnancy because your digestive system works more slowly due to changing hormone levels. Also, your enlarged uterus can crowd your stomach, pushing stomach acids upward.

GERD and Pregnancy: You can expect the GERD symptoms to intensify during pregnancy if you were already experiencing symptoms of acid reflux or GERD before you became pregnant,

Here are some ways you can reduce your pregnancy acid reflux symptoms:

  • Eat several small meals each day instead of three large ones.
  • Eat slowly
  • Drink warm liquids such as herbal tea
  • Avoid fried, spicy or rich foods, or any foods that seem to increase GERD symptoms
  • Don’t lie down immediately after eating, wait at least 2-3 hours
  • Elevate the head of your bed using a Gravity1st elevated sleep systems mattress
  • Try heartburn relievers such as Tums, Maalox, Titralac, Mylanta, Riopan or Gaviscon

If your pregnancy acid reflux persists, see your physician. He or she may prescribe medications that are safe to take during pregnancy.
Remember : Lifestyle Changes are the recommended First Line Treatment for Acid Reflux and GERD

GERD and Pregnancy

 

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