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Reflux in pregnancy

Reflux is when acid that is normally in your stomach backs up in to your oesophagus.  There are a number of changes that occur in pregnancy which make women more likely to get reflux.  The symptoms will often get worse as the pregnancy progresses and usually improve after delivery.

Reflux symptoms include:

  • Burning in the chest (heartburn)
  • Burning in the throat
  • Acid taste in the mouth
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • A raspy voice or sore throat
  • Stomach or chest pain

Simple measures to improve your symptoms include:

  • Eating frequent smaller meals as opposed to large meals
  • Don’t eat too quickly
  • Don’t lie down within a few hours of eating
  • Raise the head of your bed (such as with a wedge under your pillow, extra pillows; blocks under the legs at the head of the bed)
  • Avoid foods that can make reflux worse – these are different in everyone, but common triggers are coffee, spicy foods, fatty foods, citrus, chocolate
  • Avoid tight-fitting clothes

Often women will require medication to improve their symptoms:

  • Antacids – most are safe in pregnancy
  • If antacids don’t help, ask about other options which are safe to use

If you have concerns, or if your symptoms don’t settle or become more severe, make an appointment to see me.

To speak directly with a team member please call 07 3188 5000