Heartburn is very common as the hormone relaxin that softens and loosens the ligaments in your pelvis for birth can ‘weaken’ the sphincter at the top of your stomach. This means the contents of your stomach (containing acid) can ‘leak’ back up your oesophagus (food pipe), especially when you are lying down. Speak to your doctor about safe heartburn treatments. You can try sleeping slightly propped up with an extra pillow (to stop your stomach contents leaking into your oesophagus), avoid very spicy foods (especially before exercise or going to sleep) and don’t lie down straight after you have eaten.
When you are pregnant, things can feel very uncomfortable and unpleasant with your tummy. Even if you’ve always been regular and had a happy digestive system, you may now suffer from constipation, wind, and bloating.
Bloating can occur because of the increased levels of progesterone, which slows down your digestion, giving nutrients more time to enter your bloodstream and be delivered to your baby. This can also lead to constipation. Try to include foods that speed up digestion and soften your poo naturally such as figs, apricots, and beetroots in your diet. Drink lots of water. If constipation becomes a problem speak to your doctor but make sure he or she knows that you are pregnant.