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What does heartburn during your first trimester of pregnancy mean?

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During pregnancy, your body produces more of the progesterone hormone which relaxes smooth muscles -- including the ring of muscle in your lower esophagus that normally keeps food and acids down in your stomach. This muscle relaxation can lead to acid reflux, otherwise known as heartburn. To avoid the burn, eat frequent, smaller meals throughout the day; don't lie down right after eating; and avoid greasy, spicy, and acidic foods (like citrus fruits). You can also try raising your pillows when you sleep.

From: First Trimester of Pregnancy WebMD Medical Reference

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Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on August 4, 2018

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Bayley, T.M. , February 2002; vol 38:pp. 45-51. Appetite

Ratcliffe S.D., Baxley, E.G., Cline, M.K., Sakornbut, E.L., eds., , third edition, Philadelphia, Mosby Elsevier, 2008. Family Medicine Obstetrics

Townsend Jr., C.M., Beauchamp, R.D., Evers, B.M., Mattox, K.L., 18th ed., Philadelphia, Saunders Elsevier; 2007. Sabiston Textbook of Surgery,

Gabbe, S.G., Niebyl, J.R., Simpson, J.L., eds., , 5th ed. Philadelphia, Elsevier Churchill Livingstone, 2007. Obstetrics: Normal and Problem Pregnancies

American Pregnancy Association: "Bleeding During Pregnancy."

Lee, J. , July 2004, vol 24: pp 531-540. Nutrition Research

Deutchman, M. , June 1, 2009; vol 79: pp 985-992, pp 993-994. American Family Physician

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on August 4, 2018

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