Acid Reflux in Pregnancy
During pregnancy, the body experiences myriad hormonal and physical changes—and many women who don't otherwise have heartburn suddenly experience symptoms. This is due in part to the increased levels of the hormone relaxin, which softens the ligaments that normally keep the valve between the esophagus and stomach clamped shut. The pressure of the growing baby against your stomach can also contribute to heartburn and acid reflux.
In addition to avoiding food triggers and eating smaller meals, pregnant women can try eating yogurt or drinking a glass of milk to quell heartburn. A popular home remedy that works for many moms-to-be is to drink a glass of warm milk with a tablespoon of honey stirred in.
If symptoms persist, speak with your physician about trying an over-the-counter or prescription antacid. Although antacids are considered safe during pregnancy, some contain sodium and even trace amounts of lead. Your physician can help you choose a pregnancy-safe medication.