Heartburn is a form of indigestion common in pregnancy, particularly the later stages, caused by stomach acid flowing up the oesophagus (nothing to do with the heart!)
It is often described as a burning sensation in the stomach and throat area.
If you experience heartburn:
- Eat small meals regularly and eat slowly, chewing your food well
- Try to drink fluids separate to eating
- Avoid spicy or greasy fatty foods
- Eat while sitting up
- Wait at least 1-2 hours after eating before lying down
- Try a glass of milk before going to bed
Constipation can happen at any time during pregnancy. Straining due to constipation can also lead to the development of piles (haemorrhoids).
If you experience constipation:
- Choose high fibre foods
- Drink a lot of fluids at least 8 to 10 glasses every day
- Eat at least five servings of fruit and vegetables every day
- Take regular gentle exercise