Pregnancy brings all kinds of changes to your body, and unfortunately that can include severe heartburn. It's very common, but dealing with heartburn symptoms when you have a baby on the way is no one's idea of a good time. But by reviewing the things doctors want you to know about pregnancy heartburn, you can get a better idea of what this condition is all about, including its common triggers and remedies.
For starters, it's helpful to review what heartburn is all about. An irritation of the esophagus, heartburn occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), a muscle that usually holds the stomach's contents in place, opens too often or leaks, as explained in WebMD. By failing to seal properly, so to speak, the LES lets stomach acid up seep into the esophagus, causing a burning sensation. This unpleasant and sometimes painful sensation is known as heartburn, although it doesn't involve the heart in any way. The burning feeling is very real, however.
Although it may seem like a straightforward condition at first, a lot of factors can affect the severity and frequency of heartburn. Read on to learn a little more about the condition, as well as some simple tips for managing heartburn during pregnancy.