Acid reflux means you are having a baby with lots of hair!

That’s an old wives tale I’m afraid, but here are the facts about one of the most common pregnancy ailments…

The main hormone of pregnancy, Progesterone, slows down your digestive system which in turn increases the emptying time of your stomach and relaxes the sphincter responsible for keeping the stomach contents. This can cause the acid in your stomach to creep up the oesophagus creating an uncomfortable burning sensation in the upper chest and throat. Occasionally, you may also experience a strange metallic taste in the mouth.

Burping and regurgitation can also be a symptom of reflux. It can be worse at night as your body relaxes ready for sleep. As your pregnancy progresses and the baby pushes up against your stomach, the symptoms can increase. Here are some actions you can take to alleviate that burning pain:

  • Eat small, frequent meals throughout the day and not within two hours of bedtime.
  • Avoid taking your multivitamin at night as it can take a while to be digested, putting a strain on your already slow digestive system.
  • Avoid spicy, acidic, greasy foods, also fruit juices or acidic fruit.
  • Milk can sometimes make the symptoms worse, but some women find it helps, so try it and see.
  • Sleep with your upper body propped with pillows.
  • Two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in a cup of water can help (the enzymes help kill the acid effect).
  •  There are also medications you can take (Rennies or Gaviscon tablets to chew).

Acid reflux is an extremely common, and not a pleasant pregnancy symptom. It’s not harmful to the baby though, so do try not to worry. If these over the counter remedies aren’t helping, Contact Us for an appointment to get a prescription.