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Pregnancy Problems

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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Heartburn During Pregnancy

Ah, heartburn. Just another annoying side-effect of pregnancy -- that can make you feel like crap. But you're not doomed to be uncomfortable from now until the birth. We've got answers to why you're getting all this heartburn and what you can do to prevent it (as much as possible, at least!).

What is heartburn during pregnancy?

It’s when acid bubbles up from your gut and irritates your esophageal lining, causing discomfort or pain.

What are the signs of heartburn?

You’ll have a burning feeling in your chest, behind your breastbone. The sensation might start in your stomach and work its way up -- it also might get worse when you lie down or bend over.

Are there any tests for heartburn?

Usually it will be diagnosed based on your symptoms. If it’s severe or chronic, your doc may want to see if you have GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease).

How common is heartburn during pregnancy?

Extremely!

How did I get heartburn?

Though morning sickness seems to get all the hype, many women find heartburn just as unpleasant a pregnancy symptom. In early pregnancy, heartburn is caused by the hormone progesterone, which relaxes the uterine muscles to fit your growing baby – and also relaxes the valve between the esophagus and the stomach. In the final months of pregnancy, the baby squashes your digestive organs and causes heartburn.

How will my heartburn affect my baby?

It won’t. Don’t worry!

What’s the best way to treat heartburn during pregnancy?

Unfortunately, no matter what you do, you’ll probably still feel the burn sometimes. Talk to your OB about what meds you can safely take for relief (she’ll probably recommend an antacid like Tums, or even something stronger for especially severe pain).

-- Dara Pettinelli

 

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