Heartburn During Pregnancy
Heartburn During Pregnancy

TUMS® & Pregnancy

Pregnant women may experience heartburn for the first time.

We know there are many surprises along the road to motherhood — like heartburn. More than 50% of all pregnant women report symptoms of heartburn, particularly during their second and third trimesters. Pregnant women may experience heartburn because of changes to diet, fluctuating hormone levels, and crowding of the abdomen.1

If you experience heartburn during pregnancy, there are treatments your doctor can prescribe or recommend. TUMS® is effective for occasional heartburn. Ask your doctor if TUMS® and other options are appropriate for you.

When you're pregnant, your body’s hormone levels experience changes. Some may act as a muscle relaxant that helps to prepare your body for childbirth. The downside? The increase of some hormones may also relax the lower esophageal sphincter, or LES. That's the valve responsible for keeping stomach acid from moving up into the esophagus, where it doesn't belong. If the acid moves into that area, it can irritate the esophagus and cause heartburn.2

As your pregnancy progresses and your baby grows, there may be more pressure on your stomach. This too can push the acid in your stomach past the LES and back into the esophagus, causing heartburn.

The good news is that heartburn will likely stop for most women after they give birth. If you have heartburn while pregnant, however, you may be at an increased risk of having heartburn later in life.

You should always check with your health care provider to determine the best individual remedy for your type of heartburn. TUMS® is effective in the fight against heartburn—yet another reason it's the #1 antacid brand around the world. Ask your doctor if TUMS® is an option for you.

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  1. Todd, Nivin. “Heartburn During Pregnancy.” WebMD, 8 Sept. 2016, www.webmd.com/heartburn-gerd/guide/heartburn-during-pregnancy.
  2. “Heartburn During Pregnancy: Causes and Treatment.” American Pregnancy Association, 6 June 2017, americanpregnancy.org/pregnancy-health/heartburn-during-pregnancy/.

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