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Most pregnant women have symptoms of
gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), especially
heartburn, at some point. These
symptoms may start at any time during a pregnancy. And they often get worse throughout the pregnancy. Heartburn is common when you are pregnant. That's because hormones
cause the digestive system to slow down. The muscles that push food down the
esophagus also move more slowly when you are pregnant. And as the uterus
grows, it pushes on the stomach. This can sometimes force stomach acid up into the
GERD symptoms are common during pregnancy. But
they rarely cause complications, such as inflammation of the esophagus
(esophagitis). Most of the time, symptoms of heartburn improve after the baby
Treatment for pregnant women with GERD is like
treatment for other people who have GERD. It focuses first on lifestyle changes
and nonprescription medicines. You can make changes to your lifestyle to help
relieve your symptoms of GERD. Here are some things to try:
Some doctors may recommend the prescription drug
sucralfate, along with lifestyle changes and nonprescription medicines, for treating GERD symptoms during pregnancy.
The medicines listed below are
generally safe during pregnancy. But talk to your
doctor before you use them.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerPeter J. Kahrilas, MD - Gastroenterology
Current as ofNovember 20, 2015
Current as of:
November 20, 2015
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Peter J. Kahrilas, MD - Gastroenterology
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