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SHOCKING Link between Pregnancy and Heartburn

Jun 19, 2008
A heartburn-related symptom of inner imbalance can show itself in different ways, such as indigestion, a sensation of pain and burning just below the breastbone and a sour after-taste in the throat. Heartburn is one of the symptoms that pregnant women feel the most often. From different estimations, between 60% to 90% of pregnant women will experience symptoms of heartburn at one moment or another.

When the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) malfunctions, acids and stomach contents can get back into the esophagus. Infrequent heartburn may not be a problem in itself, but with increasing frequency, it can indicate a deeper, recurrent condition called acid reflux or gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD). It is the uncontrolled transfer of bile, digestive enzymes and acids that causes heartburn. These substances leak back from the stomach to attack the epithelial cells of the esophageal lining. In a healthy body, the LES acts as a valve to keep the gastric contents in the stomach, without leakage.

Acid reflux is brought on by many causes. They include:

1. Over eating of acid forming foods (for example; eggs, liver and wine) will compound the problem. Other problematical foods are those that provoke Candida overgrowth, allergies or difficulties in digestion. Prime examples are meat and dairy products.

2. Poor sleep hygiene can wreck your immune system. When this happens, many related problems can occur, including overgrowth of Candida, a non-reactive digestive system and a build-up of toxins. These are all contributing factors to acid reflux.

3. Being overweight also pressures the LES to open, forcing through more stomach contents into the esophageal passage.

As an additional complication for pregnant women, the enlarging uterus can also pressure the abdomen and thus directly transmit pressure to the LES and force yet more gastric contents into the esophagus. During pregnancy, this is then coupled with other difficulties such as constipation, indigestion and bloating. In all, pregnancy may be yet another factor leading to GERD. Pregnancy hormones have a relaxing effect on a number of muscle tissues that include the LES. Acid reflux is intensified by a digestive process that slows and becomes sluggish

Pregnancy and GERD simultaneously makes it difficult to handle the problem, as many drugs present potential risk for women who are pregnant. Any drugs that are permitted for pregnant women can also have certain unwanted secondary effects and are therefore not to be suggested either.

The natural approach is the one that permits the halting and prevention of heartburn effectively and securely. Were you aware that pregnant women can get immediate relief from heartburn and cure a fundamental cause of acid reflux by preferring a holistic solution to treat the internal imbalance that causing the GERD symptoms all along?
About the Author
Jeff Martin is a certified nutritionist and author of the #1 best-selling e-book, Heartburn No More . For Further Information: Acceptable Heartburn Medication in Pregnancy
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