Most of the pregnant women report mild to severe heartburn, particularly in the second and third trimesters. Also referred to as acid indigestion, heartburn is an irritation or burning sensation of the oesophagus.
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It is caused by stomach contents that reflux from the stomach. The underlying reason for heartburn in pregnancy is the changing hormone levels, which influence the muscles of the digestive tract. The pregnancy hormones cause the lower oesophageal sphincter (the muscular valve between the stomach and oesophagus) to relax, allowing stomach acids to splash back up into the oesophagus to cause heartburn.
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In case heartburn persists, it is advised to see your doctor.
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