Although specific foods might worsen the symptoms of indigestion, they usually are not the cause of indigestion. (Intolerance to specific foods, for example, lactose intolerance [milk] and allergies to wheat, eggs, soy, and milk protein are not considered functional diseases like indigestion).
Indigestion is a chronic disease that usually lasts years, if not a lifetime. It does, however, display periodicity, which means that the symptoms may be more frequent or severe for days, weeks, or months and then less frequent or severe for days, weeks, or months.
Symptoms usually come on soon after eating or drinking, but there can sometimes be a delay between eating and developing indigestion. You can help ease your indigestion and heartburn by making changes to your diet and lifestyle, and there are treatments that are safe to take in pregnancy.
Trust us, we feel your pain. You can blame these not-so-fun pregnancy symptoms largely on the hormones your body is producing (what else is new?), specifically all the estrogen and progesterone. Your bodyâ€™s making more of both now to relax smooth muscle tissue.
How Can I Prevent Indigestion?
You may experience indigestion at any point during your pregnancy, although your symptoms may be more frequent and severe during your third trimester (from week 27 until the birth of the baby). A number of lifestyle changes may help improve the symptoms of indigestion, such as eating smaller meals or cutting out certain foods. There are also medicines, such as antacids, that can be taken safely during pregnancy to treat indigestion. Ask your doctor for the best option. If you find yourself downing bottles of antacids, your heartburn may have progressed to gastroesophageal acid reflux disease (GERD).
No. While it’s annoying for you, indigestion certainly isn’t harmful for your baby. The slowing of your digestive system may benefit your baby, as it gives your body more time to pass nutrients through the placenta.
Indigestion is not related to stomach acid, but you can get heartburn as a symptom of indigestion. If you feel uncomfortable in the middle of your chest every time you finish a meal, you may have chronic heartburn. This is when the acid from your stomach leaks up into the tender tissue of your esophagus (food pipe), causing pain and burning.
There also may be a role for anti-depressant drugs and dietary changes. Because acid reflux is so common, a trial of potent stomach acid suppression often is used as the initial treatment. Indigestion (dyspepsia) is a functional disease in which the gastrointestinal (GI) organs, primarily the stomach and first part of the small intestine (and occasionally the esophagus), function abnormally. It is a chronic disease in which the symptoms fluctuate in frequency and intensity usually over many months or years. It may occur every day or intermittently for days or weeks at a time followed by days or weeks of relief (a pattern referred to as periodicity).