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Suggest treatment for severe heartburn

Mar 2016
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Hi, I am suffering from severe heartburn from yesterday. Its more severe in night. Could you please suggest any remedy for the same. Its really bothering me along with gas trouble at times in night. Regards XXXX
Posted Sun, 9 Mar 2014 in Pregnancy
Answered by Dr. S Patra 1 hour later
Brief Answer: DETAILS ARE GIVEN BELOW. FOLLOW THAT. Detailed Answer: Hello, Thanks for writing to us. Most women feel heartburn or acid reflux in the 2nd half of pregnancy. It may be caused by indigestion problem or hormone progesterone, produced from placenta, relaxes the valve that separates the esophagus from the stomach, allowing gastric acids to seep back up, which causes that unpleasant burning sensation. Later in pregnancy, your growing baby crowds your abdominal cavity, pushing the stomach acids back up into the esophagus. It actually comes and goes until your baby is born. ** You should take following measures to REDUCE or AVOID Heart Burn: 1) Avoid food and beverages that cause gastrointestinal distress. These include carbonated drinks, alcohol, caffeine, chocolate, acidic foods like citrus fruits and juices, tomatoes, mustard, and vinegar; processed meats; mint products; and spicy, highly seasoned, fried, or fatty foods. 2) Don't eat big meals. Instead, eat several small meals throughout the day. Take your time during eating and chew thoroughly. 3) Avoid drinking large quantities of fluids during meals. However, you must drink plenty of water (2.5 to 3 lit/ day) in between meals throughout pregnancy. 4) Don't eat close to bedtime. Give yourself two to three hours to digest before you lie down. 5) Sleep propped up with several pillows or a wedge. Elevating your upper body will help keep your stomach acids where they belong and will aid your digestion. 6) Wear loose, comfortable clothing. Avoid any tightness around your waist and tummy. Bend at the knees instead of at the waist. 7) Don't smoke or stay in smoky environment. Smoking boosts stomach acidity. Also you shouldn't be stay in empty stomach for long time. 8) An over-the-counter antacid that contains magnesium or calcium may ease your discomfort. Kindly, consult with your obstetrician for complete prescription. Hope, it helps for your information. Kindly, close the discussion if you don't have any other query. Wish your good health and successful motherhood. Regards, Dr Soumen For future query, you can directly approach me through WWW.WWWW.WW
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