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The Pregnancy Heartburn Myth: Why Acid Reflux Affects Expecting Mothers and How You Can Lessen Your Symptoms

Expecting mothers often complain about painful heartburn throughout their pregnancies–and it’s often attributed to silly things.

For example, some people believe the amount of heartburn you experience while pregnant will be an indicator as to how much hair your baby will have…or even what gender your baby will be.

The truth is, however, it’s not actually the heart that is “burning”…it’s acid reflux. And, sorry to tell you, but there’s a really logical medical reason it happens, which has nothing at all to do with whether your baby will have flowing locks or not.

If you or someone you know is pregnant and is dealing with painful acid reflux symptoms, keep reading, because today I’m going to share why this condition happens and how you can ease your symptoms naturally.

Check it out…

Why Acid Reflux Affects Pregnant Women

If you’ve never ever experienced acid reflux symptoms, but you’re suddenly dealing with heartburn, regurgitation, burning, sore throats, etc.; you may be wondering “why now?”

After all, you’ve got enough other unpleasant symptoms to worry about with being pregnant…it’s really unfair you have to deal with acid reflux as well.

Yet, the majority of women who bear children tend to experience acid reflux at some point during their pregnancy.

There are two main reasons this occurs–and no, they have nothing to do with the wives’ tales about heartburn that you may have heard floating around.

The first reason is hormone changes.

Acid reflux occurs when your lower esophageal sphincter (LES) doesn’t completely close after food consumption. This allows for food and stomach acid to travel back up your esophagus.

When you experience hormonal changes due to pregnancy, the hormones can cause your esophagus muscles to relax more than they should. This leads to uncomfortable acid reflux symptoms.

The second reason acid reflux occurs in pregnant women is due to the growth of a baby in the uterus.

As a baby grows, he/she takes up space which, in return, moves and shifts the body’s organs.

This increased pressure and absence of normal space can cause food to travel back up your esophagus, once again causing acid reflux issues.

How to Naturally Soothe Acid Reflux Symptoms During Pregnancy

I personally don’t believe medications are the safest solutions to managing acid reflux…especially if you’re pregnant.

Instead, here’s what I recommend…

Solution #1 – Eat Small Meals throughout Your Day

If internal pressure is what’s causing you to suffer from acid reflux symptoms, eating small meals throughout your day might greatly reduce your acid reflux symptoms.

Eating small meals limits the volume of food matter in your stomach. The less food that’s there, the more difficult it is for the food to be pushed back up your esophagus.

Instead of doing three big meals a day, eat 5-8 small meals and snacks.

Solution #2 – Maintain a Healthy Weight

Most women will gain weight during pregnancy–and that’s a good thing!

But too much weight also contributes to painful acid reflux issues.

If you’re overweight, talk to your doctor about safe ways you can reduce your weight while you’re pregnant.

No matter what your weight is, be sure to continue to include exercise and healthy eating habits into your daily routine so you don’t gain too much weight during your pregnancy.

Solution #3 – Stay Upright after Eating

Lying down after a meal makes it easy for food and stomach acid to travel up your esophagus. If your LES is weakened, without a doubt, you’ll experience painful acid reflux symptoms.

In order to avoid this, I recommend that you stay upright after eating.

To lessen your symptoms even further, I recommend that you…

  • Abstain from eating at least 2 hours before bed.
  • Go for a walk after you eat–movement aids in digestion.
  • Sleep propped up with a pillow.

Looking for more helpful information on managing acid reflux symptoms while pregnant? Here’s some important info on why you should avoid proton pump inhibitors if you’re expecting.

Do I Have Acid Reflux or Heart Attack Symptoms?

Before we plunge into understanding whether you have acid reflux or heart attack symptoms, let me start off by saying this:

If you’re experiencing chest pain or signs of a heart attack, seek medical help right away. Delay can put your life at risk, and I encourage you to call 911 immediately.

Having said that…

Let’s address the fact that, when you think about GERD, images that come to your mind may include…

  • A person clutching his or her stomach in discomfort.
  • A medication commercial featuring a fire-related theme.
  • An ad that promises you’ll be able to enjoy your favorite foods.

Messages like these can lead you to think that acid reflux is mainly a gastric issue related to the foods you eat. The problem is, GERD can involve much more than a burning feeling in your stomach.

In fact, your GERD symptoms can masquerade as an oncoming heart attack. Keep on reading because, in this article, we’ll look at the similarities and differences between acid reflux and heart attack symptoms so you better understand this topic.

Let’s dive in…

Acid Reflux or Heart Attack: The Similarities in Symptoms

To begin with, both heart attacks and GERD have similar warning signs…which can be a bit unnerving.

For instance, whether you have acid reflux or a heart attack, you might experience chest pain. As Anthony L. Komaroff, M.D., the editor in chief for the Harvard Health Letter, explains…

The nerves that carry pain signals from the esophagus also carry pain signals from the heart, since both the esophagus and heart are located in the chest.

In fact, the Cleveland Clinic reports an astounding statistic, noting that GERD “causes 22 to 66 percent of non-cardiac chest pain.”

However, chest pain isn’t the only symptom shared between these two health conditions. Both heart attacks and GERD also share symptoms such as nausea and shortness of breath.

In the midst of this confusion, the good news is, there are some ways to distinguish between a bout of acid reflux and a heart attack…

Acid Reflux or Heart Attack: The Differences in Symptoms
While GERD symptoms and heart attack symptoms do share some similarities, their outward signs aren’t identical.

For instance, in the case of a heart attack, a person might experience…

(For more information on heart attacks, be sure to check out this resource from the American Heart Association.)

Tired of Thinking Your Acid Reflux Is a Heart Attack?

Maybe you’ve panicked—again and again—over false alarms…only to learn your GERD was to blame.

Maybe you can relate to Jill Moore.

As Jill explained, “Every time I took ambulance rides to the emergency room, I thought I was in cardiac arrest. But really, it was just my acid reflux, which controlled my life.”

Even though Jill took two pills a day (not to mention more medications to counteract the side effects of her prescription)…she wasn’t seeing results.

As Jill said, “I thought there was nothing I could do to eliminate my acid reflux.”

However, today, Jill no longer suffers from debilitating reflux like she once did…and she’s no longer making trips to the ER.

What changed?

Instead of masking her symptoms, Jill took steps to naturally address her GERD and regain her health with my Cure Your Acid Reflux System—an approach designed to reverse acid reflux symptoms without harmful medications.

Ready to find relief from heartburn and pseudo heart attacks? Click here to take the first step toward relief.