Heartburn during pregnancy

Suffering from heartburn during pregnancy? Don’t worry, up to 82% of pregnant women do.

Causes & Symptoms

What causes heartburn during pregnancy? Well, there are usually two main reasons you’re suffering:

  1. Hormones released in pregnancy relax the muscles that guard the opening of the stomach keep acid down.
  2. As your bump grows, it puts increasing pressure on your esophagus, making it more likely for heartburn to occur.

What are the symptoms of heartburn during pregnancy?

  • A bloated feeling
  • Burning/pain in the chest area
  • Burping
  • Bringing up food
  • Feeling sick, or vomiting


Gaviscon Original and Gaviscon Double action are suitable for pregnant women. They work in as fast as 5 minutes, and last up to 4 hours.

Symptoms of heartburn can differ from a dull ache that lasts for 5 minutes after eating, to a burning pain that arises. If you are experiencing uncomfortable pains irregularly or more intensely than usual, always consult a doctor.

Yes! The influx of progesterone and the growing baby in your belly both work together to make heartburn during pregnancy a reality that up to 82% of mothers face.


Heartburn during pregnancy is common, and the good news is that there are safe and effective treatments for it.

Gaviscon Original is non-systemic, thus, designed to act locally in the stomach. It is clinically proven to be suitabe for pregnant women.

You can also look to make lifestyle changes. Consider:

  • Eating small meals rather than three big portions a day
  • Watching your posture (a straight, upright back is good, especially when eating)