Indigestion pain during early pregnancy

Indigestion pain during early pregnancy

Bad indigestion/heartburn in early pregnancy 13

Anyone else have extremely painful indigestion in early pregnancy, that is worse during night time? I'm in agony every night and it seems to be getting worse. It's normally relieved first thing in the morning, waiting to attach again in the evening.

sorry, attack, not attach.

I've had it all the way through. Things that have eased it include:

Propping your bed at a slight angle, with the head raised, so that the acid doesn't get worse at night. Or do the same with pillows.

Eating really early in the evening and always eating at a table.

Try and avoid orange juice and other very acid foods and drinks.

I also got an amazing pink liquid on prescription which really helped

can't remember what it's called, I'm afraid.I think you can take Omeprazole as well, but possibly only after the first trimester, just to be super safe.

Indigestion pain during early pregnancy

Indigestion is a common complaint in pregnant women, especially later on in the pregnancy. It is often described as a burning sensation in the chest area that moves from the tummy region upward towards the throat. This can be a very scary experience and the natural tendency is to worry about the health and wellbeing of your unborn baby. There are a few reasons this occurs and there are certain things you can change to help alleviate this symptom.

What Does Indigestion During Pregnancy Feel Like?

  • Pain or discomfort in the chest or stomach area
  • Burning feeling
  • Feeling heaviness or pressure in the abdominal region
  • Burping excessively
  • Bloating
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Feeling like to food consumed is coming back out

Indigestion or dyspepsia–as your doctor will most likely call it–is more common in pregnant women who have passed the 27 th week of pregnancy. About 80% of pregnant women experience this. Pregnancy hormones relax the muscles in the body and subsequently slow down the digestive process, making indigestion more prevalent during pregnancy.

What Causes Indigestion During Pregnancy?

The burning sensation occurs when stomach contents which are acidic, come into contact with the sensitive mucosa of the upper digestive system, like the esophagus. The acid, which is perfect for digesting food consumed, starts to breakdown and irritate the cells of the upper digestive system. Indigestion is more prevalent during pregnancy because:

  • The growing fetus places pressure on your stomach, forcing contents upwards. A healthy fetus of 27 weeks is large enough to place this pressure on the stomach.
  • The hormonal changes experienced during pregnancy.
  • The sphincter at the top of the stomach, which prevents retrograde movement of digested material upwards, is more relaxed in pregnancy. The failure of this circular muscle allows acidic stomach contents to flow backwards.
  • You were prone to dyspepsia prior to your pregnancy.

How to Relieve Indigestion During Pregnancy?

Lifestyle Changes

1. Keep upright after a meal and wait about an hour after a meal to lie down. This upright position will not exert any undue pressure on the stomach. This includes bending the knees when you have to reach the floor rather than bending over.

2. Eat smaller meals more frequently so that your tummy is not overly full, making you prone to refluxing. Ensure you eat a healthy, balanced diet. The old adage “eating for two” is not correct so don’t feel as if you have to eat more than you normally would.

3. Certain foods may trigger your dyspepsia. Keep a record of all foods you consume and take note of which give you heartburn. A general rule-of-thumb is to steer clear of spicy, rich and fatty foods. Some people also react to chocolate, citrus fruits, fruit juices, etc.

4. Limit liquid or water intake during a meal because this also increases the likelihood of heartburn. It is better to drink the water before or after the meal. If it is unavoidable, take small sips of water.

5. Limit or completely eliminate caffeine and alcohol. Intake of alcohol also increases the likelihood of miscarriage and birth defects. Minimize caffeine consumption for a healthier pregnancy.

6. Smoking should be stopped immediately because apart from being harmful to the fetus, the valve between the stomach and esophagus becomes relaxed in smokers making reflux easier. Smoking causes premature births, babies born with a low birth weight and makes the infant more predisposed to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

7. If you suffer from dyspepsia at night-time, eat your last meal of the day at least 3 hours prior to going to sleep. This time will allow for the food to be digested while you’re upright and allow for gastric emptying i.e. the food will digest enough to empty out of the stomach and into the small intestine.

8. Some women find relief if they sleep at a slight incline. Either prop up the mattress or the actual bed frame so that the head is a few inches higher than the foot of the bed. You may also use pillows to keep your head and shoulders above the level of the stomach. Gravity will play its part in keeping the stomach contents where they should be.

9. Wear loose, comfortable clothing, especially around the waist, that do not place too much pressure on the stomach area causing dyspepsia.

Medical Treatments

Ensure that whatever over-the-counter medication you purchase for the indigestion during pregnancy is safe for use in pregnancy and be sure to follow the dosage instructions very carefully to avoid any accidental overdose. Be aware that antacids can interfere with the absorption of other medications that you may be taking concurrently.

  • Antacids–work by making the pH of the stomach acid neutral so that it doesn’t irritate the esophageal mucosa.
  • Alginates–form a barrier that settles on the top of acidic stomach contents keeping it from refluxing. They are usually formulated in combination with an antacid so that the barrier and the antacid work together to restrict the reflux.

If one of the above 2 remedies don’t work effectively, your doctor may prescribe acid-suppressing medications:

  • Ranitidine–these tablets are usually prescribed to be taken twice daily.
  • Omeprazole–typically a once daily dosage. Symptoms are expected to stop after about 5 days.

wiseGEEK: What are the Most Common Causes of Chest Pain During Pregnancy?

There are many things that may cause chest pain during pregnancy, among the most common of which are indigestion, heartburn, increases in breast size, and anemia. Some women may also have pain because they are dealing with increased levels of stress, have a widened rib cage, or are feeling pressure caused by the growing baby. Less commonly, chest pain could be a sign of a heart attack. For this reason, a pregnant woman may be advised to have any unexplained chest pain evaluated by a medical professional.

Indigestion and heartburn are frequent complaints among pregnant women. As an unborn child grows and develops, a woman’s abdomen gradually becomes more crowded, squeezing the stomach and causing pain. Indigestion is basically stomach upset and may be accompanied by not only a burning sensation in the chest and stomach, but also nausea and vomiting, pain in the abdominal area, bloating, belching, and gas. Heartburn occurs when stomach acids back up into a person’s esophagus and cause a burning pain in the chest.

Sometimes, an underlying condition is the cause of chest pain during pregnancy. Anemia, which is marked by too few red blood cells, may cause chest pain if it is severe during pregnancy. It may also cause fatigue, fainting, and shortness of breath. In some cases, asthma, for which pain and pressure in the chest can be a symptom, may get worse during pregnancy.

In some cases, changes related to the developing baby may cause chest pain. As the unborn baby grows, a woman may experience increased pressure on both her diaphragm and her ribs. Her rib cage may widen as well, which may strain the muscles in the area and contribute to pain. She may also experience back pain related to pregnancy that causes her to feel pain in her chest. A woman’s breasts grow in preparation for nurturing her baby, and their increased weight may cause pain as well.

Mental stress can sometimes cause physical symptoms as well. During pregnancy, stress may lead to tension in the muscles of the chest, which may cause a woman to feel discomfort or outright pain during pregnancy.

Often, chest pain during pregnancy is innocent and isn’t caused by a serious medical condition. It is possible, however, for it to be a symptom of something serious and life threatening, such as a heart attack. As a result, it’s a good idea for any woman experiencing unexplained pain to see a medical professional promptly.

Article Discussion

3) @SarahGen– When I found out I was pregnant, I was extremely stressed about giving birth and raising a child. I was depressed and would get headaches, nausea, anxiety and chest pain. Try to relax.

2) @SarahGen– Do you have high blood pressure?

Pre-eclampsia is constant high blood pressure during pregnancy. It is dangerous and has to be kept under control. I had pre-eclampsia during my pregnancy but I never had chest pain. I did have headache and edema though.

Everyone is different though, so there is a possibility that high blood pressure is causing chest pain. A blood pressure measuring should clarify this for you.

If you don’t have high blood pressure, it might just be pregnancy heartburn. When the stomach has too much acid, the acid moves up and irritates the esophagus which can feel like chest pain. I had this at one point too!

1) Is chest pain during pregnancy a symptom of pre-eclampsia?

I’m three months pregnant and I have been having chest pain for the past several days. A friend of mine had pre-eclapsia during her pregnancy and had to be under strict doctor control and rest throughout the nine months. I’m scared that I might have it too.

Indigestion in pregnancy

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Why do I often feel bloated and uncomfortable after eating?

  • bloating
  • heartburn
  • feeling full even when you haven't eaten much
  • acid reflux, which is when acid from your stomach comes up into your gullet (oesophagus) (NICE 2012)

Can indigestion harm my baby?

What can I do to relieve my indigestion?

  • Try not to put extra pressure on your tummy while it’s digesting after a meal. Sit up straight and wait at least an hour after a meal before lying down.

  • Eat several small meals throughout the day, rather than three large meals.

  • Steer clear of foods that cause your indigestion to flare up. The usual suspects are rich, spicy foods, chocolate, fruit juices and fatty foods. You could try keeping a food diary to see which foods make your symptoms worse.

  • If you smoke, try to stop. Smoking relaxes the valve between your stomach and gullet, making you more likely to have indigestion and heartburn. Smoking is also harmful to your baby.

  • If you have indigestion at night, try to eat your dinner at least three hours before you go to bed.

  • Sleeping with your bed or mattress tilted up by a few inches (about 10 cm) can also help to relieve night-time symptoms. Get your partner to put blocks of wood or bricks under the head end of the bed. But remember to still sleep on your side; by the third trimester, side-sleeping reduces the risk of stillbirth (Gordon et al 2015, Heazell et al 2017, McGowan et al 2017, Stacey et al 2011, Tommy’s 2017) (NHS Choices 2014, NICE 2012)
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