8 ways to soothe heartburn in pregnancy

March 31, 2015 7:20 PM

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As a obstetrician, one of the most common questions I hear from my patients is: What are some natural ways to deal with an upset stomach, heartburn or acid reflux? And what I always tell them we need to consider is that the physiology of the gastrointestinal tract in a pregnant woman is slightly altered.

A spike in hormones during pregnancy -- especially progesterone -- basically slows down the digestive process and relaxes the stomach valve that keeps acid out of your esophagus. In other words, it takes a longer amount of time for food to travel from your mouth into your stomach, and through your i...

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