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As ifthe pregnancy itself isn’t strenuous enough, the pregnant women often tends to fallunder the influence of a severe heartburn. When this “often” turns into numbersand statistics, it looks like this: more than half of all pregnant women docomplain about this, to say the least awkward condition. Heartburn itself is acondition that caused by the stomach acid reflux, resulting in burningsensation. One of the culprits for the occurrence of heartburn inpregnancy is the change in hormone levels. Direct consequence of this is poorfunctioning of the digestive tract muscles, which further influences foodtoleration. Besides, since woman’s uterus tends to increase its size in pregnancy,this change can pressure the abdomen and initiate the movement of stomach acidsin the upward direction.

Sinceeverything you do during pregnancy, to a certain degree, influences your babyand its growth and development, taking precaution is essential. This goes forheartburn as well. There are numerous ways and actions you can take by yourselfto attempt to reduce heartburn’s effect as much as possible. Some of those are:having more small meals instead of 3 big ones, eat patiently and without arush, try to skip fried, spicy or “rich” food, take in fewer amount of liquidduring the meal, avoid going to bed right after you have finished with themeal. Also, try to always keep the head-side of the bed higher than the foot ofthe bed. Give yourself a break from tight clothes and embrace the more casualand spacious garment, since tight clothes tends to pressure your stomach andabdomen too much and too heavily, making it hard for all the regular processesto be accomplished in a proper way.

Eventhough the main cause of heartburn is that in famous stomach acid reflux, notnecessarily every person having trouble with the reflux is a bound to sufferfrom heartburn, nor is the case that those with heartburn suffer from acidreflux. Heartburn symptoms can also be a result of various other occurrencessuch as the intestinal movements. Despite the fact that a great majority ofpeople has difficulty with dissimilar heartburn reflux triggers, many peopleactually suffer from similar heartburn related symptoms, such as burningfeeling in the chest, chest pain which increases when bending or lying down,burning sensation in the throat, problems during swallowing, chronic cough,sore throat etc. Although chest pain is more common toheart attack, some of the people experiencing it may actually be suffering froma severe heartburn. Since this kind of pain is pretty similar in both cases, inorder to determine which of the two is present, and additional in depth medicaltests are conducted.

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