Written by Dr.M.D.Mazumdar, MD
Like many other pregnant women, you may also sometimes suffer from a feeling of discomfort, fullness or bloating in the upper abdomen.
Sometimes feeling of fullness may be so severe that you may find it difficult to eat anything, even if you feel hungry.
These signs of indigestion are very common in pregnancy, more so in the later stages.
A woman who is not pregnant may produce 1 -3 pints of gas a day, mostly during digestion of the food she eats, and in some extent from air she swallows while eating.
In pregnant women, the production of gas in the gut is more than normal. This is because the rising levels of the hormone, progesterone during pregnancy causes relaxation of all the smooth muscles of the body, including that of the intestines.
The digestive process is slowed down and food tends to stagnate in the stomach and the intestines.
You may find that you are burping and passing more gas than when you were not pregnant. You may also become aware of tinkling and gurgling noises from your bowels when gas forces its way between the half digested food in your gut. This is more common after a large meal or a meal where you have taken a lot of fried or spicy food.
Indigestion is also often accompanied by heartburn, nausea and vomiting, although heartburn can occur alone too. You may find that there is a burning sensation from the lower part of your breastbone right up to your throat. There may also be acid reflux, that is, a rush of sour tasting fluid into your mouth.
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