Heartburn is a burning feeling behind the breastbone. It
may occur after eating, soon after lying down, or when bending forward.
Heartburn may also occur after taking certain medicines.
is a common symptom during pregnancy. As the uterus gets bigger during
pregnancy, it puts more upward pressure on the stomach. About 25% of pregnant
women have heartburn every day, and 50% of pregnant women have heartburn at
least once a month.
If you have symptoms of heartburn, it is okay
to use Tums. Be sure to talk with your doctor before taking any other heartburn
medicines. Some medicines may not be safe to take during pregnancy.
If your heartburn is causing a problem and you cannot eat, drink, or do
your usual activities during your pregnancy or after delivery, talk to your
doctor about treating your heartburn.
After delivery, heartburn is
likely to go away on its own. If you still have heartburn symptoms, you can try
some nonprescription medicines for relief. Be sure to follow the instructions
on the label. If you are breast-feeding, be sure to check with your doctor
about what medicines you can use.
Primary Medical Reviewer
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
David Messenger, MD
June 26, 2010
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
June 26, 2010
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