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Pregnancy is a time of unbelievable change. It truly is amazing what the human body is capable of doing. During pregnancy there are many different emotions, thoughts and feelings in play. Each woman’s experience of pregnancy is unique and no two pregnancies are the same.
My First Pregnancy
With my first pregnancy we didn’t have an easy run of things. My daughter was diagnosed with a duplex kidney on our second scan. This resulted in what should have been one of the happiest times in our lives being turned into constant hospital appointments for scans and consultant meetings. Feelings were very mixed, we didn’t know what to expect. Still we kept on smiling. The thought of expanding our family was a wonderful one. We excitedly designed our daughters bedroom and bought outfits and cuddly toys in anticipation of her arrival. And as we all know it is a girls prerogative to be late. Well ten days late to be exact, our daughter arrived. Things turned out well for my daughter though, she underwent surgery to correct her kidney. It certainly made us think about what any future pregnancies would be like for us.
We had always dreamt of having more than one child, and so when I fell pregnant 18 months after the birth of our daughter we were ecstatic but also wary after our first experience of pregnancy.
My Second Pregnancy
My second pregnancy was certainly a lot different to my first. I experienced morning sickness, terrible back ache and sciatica as well as heartburn. My husband used to joke that the baby must be hairy. That old wives tale of suffering from heartburn during your pregnancy meaning your baby is likely to be born with a full head of hair is often true. 82% of the women who experienced heartburn during pregnancy gave birth to babies with a lot of head hair (according to research at Johns Hopkins hospital in Baltimore). Sure enough when our son was born he actually had an impressive amount of hair compared to our bald new born daughter!
What is heartburn?
Heartburn is the name given to the burning feeling or heat that begins in your chest and rises upwards to the throat. Heartburn is usually caused by acid reflux which is when the ring of muscle or valve (called the sphincter muscle) at the entrance of your stomach doesn’t close tightly, or relaxes too often, allowing stomach acid to rise up into the oesophagus (food pipe).
Many adults suffer from heartburn and indigestion at some point in their lives, the good news is there is plenty we can proactively do to reduce heartburn and indigestion.
In most cases, the burning sensation or pain is due to stomach acid irritating the unprotected oesophagus. (Read more about Heartburn) Heartburn usually happens after meals, when you go to bed or during the night, and can last for several hours or more. Many people suffer sleepless nights as a result of heartburn because the lying down position can cause acid to leak into the oesophagus.
The modern day lifestyle can be hectic, with food being eaten on the go, stressful life events, and endless to do lists! All of these modern stresses can lead to heartburn.
Heartburn During Pregnancy
Heartburn during pregnancy is a common side effect, with around 72% of pregnant women experiencing heartburn and indigestion in their third trimester*. It can be caused by hormonal changes and the growing baby pressing against your stomach. Making changes to your diet and lifestyle during pregnancy can help.
Don’t worry, heartburn does not harm the baby, but it can be extremely uncomfortable. Welcome relief can be found with Rennie which can be taken during pregnancy as long as it is taken according to the instructions.
My Top Tips
- I found eating smaller meals more often helped to prevent me from becoming too full.
- Drinking plenty of water to aid with digestion
- Avoid lying down after eating meals and taking a short stroll after meals also helped
- Avoid certain foods; spicy foods, caffeine, fatty foods
- Taking over the counter remedies
Rennie® provides a range of fast-acting, effective treatments that help to relieve heartburn and indigestion so you can get on with your life. Rennie® comes in a wide range of flavours and packs, and has been a remedy for more than 85 years. All Rennie products are suitable to use during pregnancy.*
The antacid-based formula of Rennie Tablets neutralises excess acid turning it into water and other natural substances. Rennie Liquid Heartburn relief acts by forming a raft on top of the stomach contents to soothe heartburn.
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• Rennie Peppermint, Spearmint, Orange and Sugar Free Tablets
• Rennie Liquid Heartburn Relief Oral Suspension
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