heartburn, pregnancy, acid reflux

Why Acid Reflux Symptoms are Common in Pregnancy

As your baby grows, so does the likelihood of experiencing heart burn. Acid reflux symptoms are extremely common for many women in mid to late pregnancy. But, do you ever wonder why this happens to pregnant women?

 

You may have heard that your growing baby is taking up all the room in your belly, leaving little space for food and drinks. The stomach contents have nowhere else to go so they creep back up the esophagus. This explanation is partially correct, especially in late pregnancy. But the hormone progesterone actually has a major influence on acid reflux in pregnancy.

 

Progesterone relaxes smooth muscle tissue, including the lower esophageal sphincter, the valve that is responsible for keeping stomach contents in the stomach. If your acid reflux symptoms are mildly uncomfortable simple lifestyle changes may bring relief. But in more severe cases there may be an underlying cause that needs attention.

 

Dr. Marina Rose uses a Functional Medicine approach to help people with acid reflux symptoms and other chronic health issues in and around the city of Palo Alto, CA.

 

During pregnancy you might want to skip the antacids because they may increase the risk for other health problems. Try these comfort measures instead:

  • Try papaya enzymes with meals
  • Eat and drink in smaller quantities more frequently
  • Avoid foods that you notice triggering symptoms

 

Dr. Andrew Weil also recommends using props to raise the head of your bed slightly if acid reflux symptoms bother you at night.

If you have tried these techniques and still have not found relief, click here to find out if Functional Medicine has the answer you’re looking for.

One of the best ways to understand the underlying nutritional cause of your symptoms is to know which foods and nutrients you have trouble digesting and those you are deficient in.
 
Click here to take Dr. Rose’s Nutritional Profile Quiz and get an overview of what your nutritional imbalances could be. You’ll get your results immediately.

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