Unfortunately, the same hormone that causes constipation also gives you heartburn. Read on to find out more.
WORDS NURULHUDA SUHAIMI
Like constipation, experiencing heartburn during pregnancy is caused by the hormone progesterone. “[It] relaxes the sphincter between the oesophagus (food pipe) and the stomach. As a result, the stomach acid can pass into the oesophagus and cause heartburn. As the womb expands, it can put pressure on the stomach and intestines, pushing stomach contents and acid back up into the oesophagus,” explains Dr Hong Sze Ching, SOG – SC Hong Clinic for Women at Mount Alvernia Hospital.
Heartburn may also be caused by eating very heavy meals,
as well as eating certain foods such as spicy, greasy and fatty ones.
What you can do
Dr Hong recommends doing the following to help ease your heartburn: