The first time I experienced indigestion, I had finished a big meal from my favorite Chinese restaurant. I started to get stomach and chest pains and assumed I had over-indulged. Little did I know that indigestion is a common pregnancy symptom; one I didn't necessarily prepare for. So, how do you know if you have it, and what does it feel like? I asked some wonderful moms to describe what indigestion is really like, thinking it probably isn't exactly the same for every single pregnant and/or postpartum woman who experiences it. Turns out, I was right.
When I first felt the pain of indigestion, I wasn't pregnant at all, but the excruciating sensations continued all night and intensified right between my breastbone. I honestly felt like I was being impaled. Unfortunately, the pain continued on and off for the next five years; each attack beginning with mild discomfort in my chest and throat, only to progress to a burning sensation and intense pressure until finally culminating in severe pain and vomiting.
I started to think I would have to live with these symptoms forever, when suddenly my family doctor retired and I was seen by a new doctor. He was troubled by my attacks and ordered tests. An ultrasound showed I had numerous gallstones, so I was scheduled to have my gall bladder removed. Finally, after a few too many years, I had found some relief. A few years later, when I became pregnant, I recognized the familiar feelings associated with indigestion, although I was relieved to find that the intensity was far less than with my gallstones.
So if you're wondering if you are suffering from heartburn or indigestion, read on to see how the common pregnancy symptom affected the following moms: