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Indigestion and heartburn in pregnancy

Advice on the symptoms and causes of indigestion and heartburn in pregnancy with information on suggested remedies and treatments.
Indigestion is partly caused by hormonal changes and later the growing womb pressing on the stomach. If you suffer from indigestion:
  • try eating smaller meals more often;
  • sit up straight when you are eating as this takes the pressure off your stomach;
  • avoid particular foods, which cause trouble, for example fried foods.
Heartburn is more than just indigestion. It is a strong, burning pain in the chest. It is caused by the valve between your stomach and the tube leading to your stomach relaxing in pregnancy, so that stomach acid passes into the tube. It is often brought on by lying flat. To avoid heartburn you could:
  • sleep well propped up, try raising the head of your bed with bricks or have plenty of pillows;
  • try drinking a glass of milk, have one by your bed in case you wake with heartburn in the night;
  • avoiding eating or drinking for a few hours before you go to bed;
  • ask your doctor or midwife for advice;
Do not take antacid tablets or mixture before checking that they are safe in pregnancy.

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Agony pure agony im doing what i should nothin works boo hoo i will ask GP for rinatadine i think ....... i thought id get away with heartburn and indigestion with 2nd pregnancy the things we go through.....
by ACL13974 9th May 2011, 10:29am
I had really bad heartburn with my first pregnancy and gaviscon or anything else did not work! You guys should see your GP and ask for Rinatadine - it is amazing and 1 tablet keeps the heartburn away for up to a day and is safe to use in pregnancy for severe heartburn, i only used it when really necessary and midwife and gp said it was fine to use!
by Mum1786 11th Jun 2010, 5:40pm
my heartburn has been awful and unbearable. i now do a few things and its getting better all the time. I make sure i don't eat anything after 7, if i feel peckish ill pick at cherries and grapes. get your other half to rub oil into your back this will help you fall and ease into sleep. (warming the oil and rubbing onto legs also help with leg pain and restless leg pains. Milk is great but if you warm it slightly it also gives a soothing effect in your throat and will avoid you getting a cough!
by Bijli 8th Feb 2010, 9:21am
I have found that 'TUMS' work great for it.
When you are pregnant you are allowed 7 per day.
Hope that helps a few of you.
by Hughes 13th Aug 2009, 11:04am
I have had terrible heartburn & indigestion throughout my pregnancy - Now I'm 35+ weeks and I don't think I can cope any more. I can't sleep, I have this terrible pain 24/7, I have acid in my throat and because I can't sleep I now have really bad headaches !!! I've tried everything to try to ease this but nothing seems to work - I'm thinking of gettng shares in Gaviscon as I use that much !!
by jewell1 11th Jun 2009, 9:10am
i feel terrible most time because of heartburn and indigestion and i get a sharp pain in my tummy each time i eat breakfast and i dont seems to know what might be causing that,is there anything i could do?please help.
by omolola 16th Mar 2009, 9:20am
i get terrible indigestion most nights just as im falling asleep, its so horrible, ive tried a glass of milk before bed and drinking boiled water (something my friend suggested) but nothing works. I was taking a Gaviscon liquid which worked a treat but as soon as i hit 27 weeks it got so much worse and the Gaviscon has no effect, please help if you know anything likely to work
by HazelT 4th Mar 2009, 9:15am
i get nasty heartburn sometimes just before i go to sleep or wake up in the morning i find at noghttime a glass of hot milk helps a whole lot and also helps me sleep better aswell and a glass of cold milk in the morning is great for heartburn and sometimes settles my stomache when i feel sick so i can doze of again for a little while
by MelnDave 9th Apr 2008, 3:11pm
ive get heart burn at night as soon as i lie down to sleep i get a horbbile burning sensation in my thorat and i feel like i need to burp or that its makes me feel sick sometimes too
by nadine101 25th Feb 2008, 8:39am
I got terrible heartburn during pregnancy and found that nothing worked, for a while having a glass of milk helped but towards the end my bump was so big that even milk gave me indigestion, so instead I tried Rennie Soft Chews which helped a treat, they dont have a bad taste and I dont know if it was a placebo or not but they certainly worked for me.
by AskBaby7085 15th Nov 2006, 9:59am