How early in pregnancy do you get heartburn?

Heartburn is a burning sensation in your chest that can extend from the bottom of the breastbone to the lower throat. It is common in pregnancy, caused by some of the hormonal and physical changes in your body.

As your baby bump grows, so does the pressure on your abdomen. Your stomach is being pushed up higher and higher, which in turn forces acid up in the wrong direction. That’s why heartburn seems to get worse in the second half of pregnancy.

Progesterone is another culprit. Experts believe that this pregnancy hormone may slow down your digestion. It may also relax the valve above your stomach, causing stomach acids to pass up into your throat.

Sometimes, particular foods may trigger your heartburn. By paying attention to your body, you can work out which foods have an effect and try to avoid them. If heartburn symptoms persist it is important to discuss this with a Healthcare Professional who may suggest medication.

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