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During pregnancy, your health is number one priority. That’s why we went straight to top pregnancy health experts for all the details you want to know about the most common pregnancy problems. In our pregnancy problems guide, you can read about a slew of pregnancy conditions – everything from hemorrhoids to gestational diabetes. Find out what any pregnancy symptom could possibly mean (are you swollen just because you’re expecting, or is it a sign of some complication?) and find out whether or not it’s worth a call to your OB. If you already know you’ve got a pregnancy complication or health condition, our comprehensive articles will give you the scoop on its causes and how it can affect you and baby. Plus, get treatment tips straight from medical experts and pregnant women like you. Yup, we've got answers to all your questions about pregnancy health problems right here!

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Acid Reflux During Pregnancy

Why you're getting that nasty reflux during pregnancy -- and how to deal. Plus, how to prevent more acid reflux (woo hoo!).

What is acid reflux during pregnancy?

It’s when stomach acid doesn’t stay put in your stomach and creeps up into your esophagus. Acid reflux is more common in pregnancy because progesterone, the main hormone of pregnancy, slows your digestive system. That, combined with the pressure of a growing baby, increases the possibility that stomach acid will make its way upward.

What are the signs of acid reflux during pregnancy?

The most common symptoms of acid reflux are a burning sensation in your throat or upper chest. (Heartburn, anyone?) You might also feel nauseous. Burping and regurgitation can also be signs of acid reflux.

Are there any tests for acid reflux during pregnancy?

Most often, acid reflux in pregnancy is diagnosed based on symptoms alone. But if you keep getting it after pregnancy, your doc may order additional testing, including an upper endoscopy, a test that’s used to look at the inside of the upper digestive tract.

How common is acid reflux during pregnancy?

Acid reflux is “very, very common” during pregnancy, says Michelle Collins, CNM, an assistant professor of nurse-midwifery at Vanderbilt University. More than half of all pregnant women will experience acid reflux.

How did I get acid reflux during pregnancy?

“Because your digestion is slowed, you’re fuller; you’ve got less room in your stomach, so acid runs up your esophagus,” Collins says. “You’ve also got a baby pressing on your stomach.”

How will my acid reflux affect my baby?

Acid reflux shouldn’t affect your baby in any way, shape or form. (And the old wives’ tale that says your baby will be born hairy if you have heartburn? Not true.)

-- Jennifer L.W. Fink

 

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