Indigestion is often caused by excess stomach acid coming into contact with the sensitive, protective lining of the stomach, the top part of the bowel, or the oesophagus, which can cause soreness and swelling. Indigestion is very normal and most people will experience it at some point. You could suffer a couple of times a year or feel symptoms regularly.
Those containing calcium should only be used occasionally or for a short period. Antacids that contain sodium bicarbonate or magnesium trisilicate should be avoided as they may be harmful to your developing baby.
Heartburn is a burning feeling that starts in the stomach and seems to rise up to the throat. During pregnancy, changing hormone levels slow down your digestive system, weaken the stomach sphincter, and your uterus can crowd your stomach, pushing stomach acids upward.
Common Pregnancy Pains and Their Causes
pylori infection. For more information on H. pylori, see Causes of indigestion.
See separate leaflet called Smoking and Pregnancy. The following are commonly advised.
It is probably best to use one with a low sodium content if you have high blood pressure or pre-eclampsia (a complication of pregnancy). Antacids are alkaline liquids or tablets that neutralise the acid. A dose usually gives quick relief. You can use antacids as required for mild or infrequent bouts of dyspepsia. Antacids containing aluminium or magnesium can be taken on an ‘as required’ basis.
Magnesium could interfere with contractions during labor. When you have heartburn, or acid reflux, the LES relaxes to allow stomach acid to rise up into the esophagus enough. This can cause burning and pain in the chest area. Known as acid reflux Also, heartburn is a burning sensation in the chest that occurs as a result of stomach acid rising up into the oesophagus.
Smoking is also harmful to your baby. Ask your GP or midwife for advice if symptoms of heartburn persist.
Chew on sugarless gum. Doing so for about half an hour after meals increases saliva production, which can neutralize excess acid in your esophagus. Concerned about artificial sweeteners during pregnancy?