I'm in my second trimester. No matter what I eat, I get heartburn. Is this normal? If so, what can I do to feel better?
Heartburn — which, despite its name, has nothing to do with the heart — is a common pregnancy complaint.
Many pregnant women experience a burning sensation in the throat and chest when the stomach contents move back up into the esophagus (the tube that moves food from the throat to the stomach). This may be because hormones cause the valve at the entrance to the stomach to relax so that it doesn't close properly, allowing acidic stomach contents to move upward into the esophagus, a condition known as gastroesophageal reflux (GER), or acid reflux. It can get worse later in the pregnancy when the growing uterus presses upward on the stomach.
To help minimize the discomfort of heartburn:
Reviewed by: Elana Pearl Ben-Joseph, MD
Date reviewed: April 2014
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