What causes pregnancy heartburn?

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It's extremely common for expectant mothers to suffer from pregnancy heartburn or acid reflux. Find out more about what causes it here...

src=http://ph.theasianparent.com/wp content/uploads/2009/12/shutterstock 113800324.jpg What causes pregnancy heartburn?

It’s extremely common for expectant mothers to suffer from pregnancy heartburn or acid reflux.

Almost all women experience pregnancy heartburn and acid reflux when they’re expecting. Heartburn is usually associated with problems in the digestion process. But even those women who take good care of their diet and have never experienced it before, still experience pregnancy heartburn.

Heartburn is usually characterized by a burning feeling in the chest and around the throat. This is usually caused by an excess of digestive juices in the stomach. Sometimes, these juices can reach the chest and throat, causing burning sensations. You may also feel an acidic and sour taste in mouth.

Pregnancy heartburn is caused by the increase of hormones in the body. This increase causes the lower esophageal sphincter to remain closed very tightly.

The increasing uterus and the pressure in the abdomen may cause the sphincter to open inadvertently, allowing contents of the stomach to be pushed into the esophagus.

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