Pregnancy heartburns due to body adjustments and changing hormone levels

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One of the most believed pregnancy myths is that when one gets a heartburn, it is an indication that the baby will have a lot of hair but Evelyne Kongoro, a lactation manager, said it is just that, a myth.

“Heartburns are caused by the adjustments that the body is going through,” she said. “There is not enough space in the womb for the baby so when they are stretching or as they grow, they push the mother’s internal organs, which in turn causes heartburn.”

For Consolata Wangare, a mother of two, however, she believed the myth could be true when she gave birth to her first born son. “When I was pregnant with my first child, I got heartburns almost every day,” she said.

“My mum and other mothers would tell me that I would give birth to a hairy child which was true. When Jaden was born, his head was full of hair, so I believed that the myth was true.

“So when I was pregnant the second time and got heartburns, I knew want to expect but when I gave birth, Elaine had very little hair.”

In most cases, it usually in the second and third trimesters when they baby’s organs are becoming fully formed, that pregnant women get heartburns and according to medical website WebMd, changing hormone levels could also be the cause.

“Heartburns in pregnancy could be due to changing hormone levels, which can affect the muscles of the digestive tract and how different foods are tolerated. The hormones can cause the muscular valve between the stomach and esophagus to relax, allowing stomach acids to splash back up into the esophagus. In addition, the enlarged uterus can crowd the abdomen, pushing stomach acids upward.”

Evelyne notes that it is not a condition that all pregnant mothers experience. “Some women never get heartburns while they are pregnant, while others may experience severe one, it is not because of body size or eating certain foods it is just how one’s body reacts to the new adjustment.”

“For those who have severe heartburns during pregnancy, it is best to seek medical advice before prescribing oneself medicine.”

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