Heartburn and indigestion are common annoyances during pregnancy. Even women who have never had these problems before will probably experience it when pregnant.
Should I be worried about my pregnancy indigestion?
There is nothing dangerous about heartburn or indigestion during pregnancy, but it is quite uncomfortable at a time when just about everything is uncomfortable. It also has nasty habit of interrupting what little sleep your getting and even affecting your dreams.
However, be sure you’re identifying the symptoms correctly as, while sharp pains could be a sign of indigestion, it could also be a symptom of pre-eclampsia. If you are at all unsure, speak to your doctor if only to put your mind at ease.
What is causing my indigestion?
Indigestion is a feeling of discomfort or pain in the upper abdomen and chest. This can be a feeling of fullness and bloating, and can be accompanied by belching and nausea. Heartburn is one of the symptoms of indigestion and can be identified as a burning sensation felt down the throat and into the breastbone.
Indigestion can happen because of all the hormonal and bodily changes that come along with pregnancy and can be heightened by certain lifestyle or dietary choices. Indigestion is mostly present during the latter half of pregnancy and will come unpredictably.
How can I prevent heartburn and indigestion?
There are some tricks you can try, including
  • Avoiding gassy foods and carbonated drinks
  • Eat smaller meals
  • Drink sparingly while eating
  • Chew gum after a meal
  • Sleep propped up with pillows
  • Don’t eat right before going to bed
  • Wear clothes that fit loosely.
It is always advised to avoid alcohol and cigarettes when pregnant for the sake of Mum and Baby’s health. Those that don’t will find they’re more likely to experience indigestion.
As much as there is to avoid, be certain to eat a healthy pregnancy diet and drink water, as gaining the right amount of weight is essential for both you and your baby.
Treatment for pregnancy indigestion
Before using over-the-counter antacids or indigestion medicines, ask your doctor or pharmacist whether or not they are ok for pregnant women. Some of these drugs contain aspirin, aluminum, or high quantities of sodium and are best avoided.
Home remedies for indigestion during pregnancy
Our mums have recommended a number of natural remedies for indigestion – these tips worked for those mums, so maybe they’ll work for you.
  • Buttermilk
  • Liquorice
  • Garlic
  • Almonds
  • Celery
  • Ginger
  • Peppermint
If you are getting heartburn, you may also be experiencing morning sickness, so be sure to try those recommended remedies if you’re not getting relief.