I'm in my second trimester. No matter what I eat, I get heartburn. Is this
normal? If so, what can I do to feel better? – Cari
Heartburn, despite its name, has nothing to do with the heart. It's a burning feeling
in the throat and chest when the stomach's contents move back up into the esophagus
(the tube that moves food from the throat to the stomach).
Heartburn is common during pregnancy.
Pregnancy hormones can make
the valve at the entrance to the stomach relax so that it doesn't close as it should.
This lets acidic stomach contents move up into the esophagus, a condition known as
gastroesophageal reflux (GER),
or acid reflux. It can get worse later in pregnancy when the growing uterus presses
up on the stomach.
To help ease heartburn pain:
Skip foods and drinks that can make it worse, such as citrus; spicy, fatty (especially
fried or greasy) foods; caffeine;
and carbonated drinks.