Heartburn & Indigestion

Heartburn and indigestion are very common during pregnancy; they are caused by hormonal changes taking place in the body and the baby pressing down on the stomach as it grows and gets bigger. Indigestion is an uncomfortable feeling; to prevent indigestion:

  • Replace main meals with smaller meals
  • Sit up straight while you are eating
  • Avoid foods that are spicy or high in fat as these can make indigestion worse

Heartburn can be very painful and uncomfortable; it is characterised by a burning sensation which extends upwards from the stomach that is caused by stomach acid coming up from the stomach into the oesophagus. To ease heartburn you can:

  • Drink a glass of milk
  • Sleep with your head raised by propping the bed head up; lying flat on your back often makes heartburn worse
  • Eat at least 3 hours before you go to bed

Guide to Pregnancy


Backache during Pregnancy

Constipation during Pregnancy

Eating during pregnancy

Ectopic pregnancy

Heartburn and Indigestion During Pregnancy


Morning sickness

Piles during Pregnancy

Stages of pregnancy




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