Symptoms of Acid Reflux During Pregnancy

If you’re expecting, you may be among the 80% of all women that experience symptoms of acid reflux during pregnancy. It’s quite common, can occur at any time throughout your term and often becomes worse as the pregnancy progresses, with the third trimester being the most troublesome.

As painful as it can be, it typically doesn’t cause any real or long-term complications and, for most women, it subsides after the birth of their baby. Because pregnancy is considered to be a "trigger" for acid reflux the majority of women will experience it at sometime in their lives…..many for the very first time after becoming pregnant.

If you’ve never had, or been diagnosed with, acid reflux, it’ll certainly catch you off guard the first time it hits and some of the symptoms are so subtle that you may not even know what you’re experiencing at the time. The symptoms of acid reflux are nearly the same in pregnant women as they are in the rest of the population.

But, if you’ve never had reflux before, you may be at a loss as to what’s happening. With that in mind, the following is a list of the most common symptoms of acid reflux during pregnancy:

  • You can have acid reflux without the presence of heartburn although it is the most common symptom. It typically feels like a burning sensation just behind the breastbone.

    It can last for seconds or hours and the symptoms can often be mistaken for a heart-attack. Contact your physician immediately if you experience severe or alarming chest pain. Although it may only be heartburn, you shouldn’t take any unnecessary chances.

  • Hoarseness in the morning or losing your voice at any given time throughout the day for no obvious reason.

  • The development of a bitter or sour taste in your mouth even if you have not recently eaten, especially first thing in the morning.

  • You may begin to burp frequently or develop gas.

  • Chronic coughing or sore throat.

  • The feeling of having something “stuck” in your throat or chest.

  • Difficulty swallowing.

  • Chest pain that occurs after eating, bending or lying down.

  • The sudden development of an excess amount of saliva
    (called waterbrash).

  • Inflammation of the mouth and gums.

  • Feeling too full too soon after eating a meal (early satiety).

  • Chronic nausea or vomiting after eating a meal.

  • Wheezing or other asthma-like symptoms that persist.

  • Chronic bad breath.

If you are pregnant and have experienced any of these symptoms, you could very well have acid reflux. Only your physician should make that determination. The symptoms of acid reflux during pregnancy can occur independently of one another or they can occur several at a time OR you may have absolutely no symptoms at all.

Symptoms will almost always completely disappear after the arrival of your baby and, in the meantime, they are more of a nuisance than a threat. Because pregnancy often causes the onset of acid reflux, there may be no way around it.

If you're among the 50% of all expectant moms who are asking yourselves “What can I do about acid reflux during pregnancy?” Then don't worry, because you're not alone. Finding something that works can be quite difficult.

The good news is that most symptoms usually diminish after the baby is born. Until then, there are several things that you can do to ease your symptoms. If you'd like to know what remedies for acid reflux during pregnancy are available, you can find out by clicking here

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