First Trimester Heartburn and Indigestion

Heartburn and indigestion are not at all uncommon during the first trimester. Having said that, the fact of the matter is that no two women will experience the same symptoms of pregnancy, and no woman will necessarily experience the same symptoms during a subsequent pregnancy as she did during and earlier pregnancy. Some women will experience heartburn and indigestion during the first trimester, and some will not.

There is some research to suggest a cause for heartburn and indigestion during the first trimester. During the first trimester especially, a woman’s hormones are constantly in a state of change. It is not uncommon for those changing levels of hormones to cause some degree or another of acid reflux. Still, heartburn and indigestion are not the most common of pregnancy symptoms, and most women will probably not experience heartburn and indigestion during the first trimester, or at least will not experience heartburn or indigestion due to their pregnancy.

If you do experience heartburn & indigestion during the first trimester, there are some things that you can do to keep your discomfort down to a minimum. You can avoid any sorts of drinks and foods that can contribute to heartburn, including chocolate, caffeine, citrus fruts or juices, processed meats, spicy, fried, or fatty foods, and tomatoes. You should also avoid big meals, instead eating several smaller meals through your day. You should make sure that you are getting eight glasses of water each day, but you should also try to avoid drinking too much while you are eating. You might also try to chew gum after you eat. Give yourself a couple of hours after you eat before you are going to go to sleep, to give your body time to digest your food.

You may be able to take an over-the-counter antacid during the first trimester to combat your heartburn and indigestion. As always, you should consult your health care provider before taking an sort of medication while you are pregnant.