In the United States alone, over 6 million women struggle with infertility, which is defined as the inability to get pregnant or stay pregnant. This can be not just frustrating, but also heartbreaking. Many women wonder if the infertility is due to something they’re doing or not doing.
Let's talk about your stomach. At the top of your stomach, you have a valve that keeps food you just swallowed, as well as the acid your stomach produces to digest that food, down. During pregnancy, your body makes a hormone called progesterone. Progesterone relaxes this valve. With this valve relaxed, it’s much easier for stomach acid, and sometimes partially digested food, to rise back up into your esophagus. This causes a burning sensation in your chest and throat, which you've probably become pretty familiar with if you're pregnant. Heartburn, acid reflux and indigestion are all very common during pregnancy – largely because of the progesterone the body is producing. These conditions can all be worse if you’re pregnant with multiple babies, your baby is breech, or your baby is very large. There are ways to keep the heartburn at a minimum.
Topics: pregnancy heartburn