There are two reasons why women suffer from acid reflux (heartburn or indigestion) during pregnancy. First of all, the baby grows quickly in the abdomen and needs more and more space. This pushes the organs upwards and means that the valve to the oesophagus can no longer withstand the pressure. This results in heartburn during pregnancy. The second reason is the pregnancy hormone progesterone. The hormone causes the muscles to relax, in order to avoid premature labour. The valve between the stomach and the oesophagus also relaxes, leading to acid reflux during pregnancy.
70% of pregnant women suffer from heartburn, or acid reflux. It is a common condition during pregnancy but not dangerous for the mother or child. However those with severe heartburn should have their teeth checked by a dentist. The stomach acid can cause damage when in constant contact with the teeth. Your dentist can offer help you deal with this.
Pregnant women often start to suffer from heartburn around the 20th week of pregnancy. From this point on, the abdomen also starts to grow steadily. Women sometimes experience relief after Braxton Hicks contractions, or practice contractions, have lowered the abdomen. This means the baby does not kick so hard against the organs. The problem is resolved completely by the birth, and heartburn disappears immediately after delivery.
Heartburn, or acid reflux, during pregnancy is a very unpleasant condition. To obtain relief, women can try lying on their left side, as this takes advantage of an anatomical bend at the opening of the oesophagus. This position also helps digesting food to flow in the direction of the intestines. You should also make sure you eat several small meals a day, comprising easily digestible foods. Drinking sufficient quantities of still water also helps to dilute the stomach acids. Some pregnant women swear that buttermilk is useful. Casa Sana carica papya is a product that can help ease heartburn during pregnancy. It is a pure organic papaya puree that has an alkalising effect and therefore offers a good remedy for heartburn during pregnancy.
We are an ISO certified, medium-sized German family business with a 20-year history serving the domestic and international market. We offer our customers top quality intestinal health products with the highest level of expertise and commitment.
We have produced videos to accompany a diverse range of our products. The videos explain the products and their effectiveness in detail.
Auf dem Steinocken 5
58802 Balve, Germany
+ 49 (0) 23 75 / 93 92 9-0
+ 49 (0) 23 75 / 93 92 9-99
Give us a call!
+ 49 (0) 23 75 / 93 92 9- 29
You can reach us on:
Tuesdays + Thursdays 17:00 - 20:00 Central European Time
Contact registered naturopath and research scientist Inga Riffelmann on our hotline.