Heartburn (acid reflux) and Indigestion in pregnancy
Unfortunately heartburn and indigestion are a common problem during pregnancy but what things are suitable to take during pregnancy which won’t effect your blood sugar levels? Gaviscon and Sugar Free Rennies. If these do not work then your GP may prescribe Ranitidine or Omeprazole. All these products are suitable for use during pregnancy with gestational diabetes.
Many women suffer from both heartburn (acid reflux) and indigestion during pregnancy and it tends to become more common as the pregnancy progresses. In fact, by the third trimester, nearly three-quarters of pregnant women can suffer from heartburn. We take a look at the causes and symptoms of heartburn during pregnancy and explore a few options for treating this uncomfortable condition.
Causes of heartburn in pregnancy
There are two main reasons why heartburn and, to a lesser extent, indigestion are common at this time.
- The surge in the hormone progesterone causes muscles to relax. This includes the sphincter (ring of muscle) at the entrance to the stomach. When this relaxes, stomach acids are able to travel back up into the oesophagus (food pipe) causing heartburn.
- During the latter stages of pregnancy symptoms can also be caused by the baby physically putting pressure on the woman’s digestive tract.
Off the shelf products for heartburn and indigestion
Gaviscon contains no sugar and will not raise blood sugar levels
Rennies can be used, but be careful to select the sugar free version