Did you know that heartburn affects up to 8 out of 10 pregnant women?
This is partly due to pressure on the stomach from the growing foetus and to raised progesterone (hormone) levels which reduce the smooth muscle tone of the lower oesophageal sphincter. Symptoms are worse when lying down.
Antacid medicines that contain alginates, such as Gaviscon, are often advised for the treatment of reflux. This is because alginates form a 'raft' on top of the stomach contents which prevents the stomach acid from pushing up into the food pipe.
During pregnancy you will naturally be wary about taking medicines, however you need not put up with the symptoms of heartburn or indigestion. Gaviscon Advance has a extra strength formula that provides fast, effective relief from heartburn and gastric reflux during pregnancy.
Medicines can affect the unborn baby. Always talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking any medicine in pregnancy.