H IS FOR HEARTBURN
“I’d never experienced indigestion until I was pregnant,” says Gina Branch. “It was a burning feeling from my throat right down to my chest that usually appeared within a few minutes of eating.” Heartburn happens because the placenta produces the hormone progesterone to relax the uterus. It also relaxes the valve that separates the esophagus from the stomach, so tummy acid leaks back up. “I avoided acidic foods, ate little and often, and reached for a glass of milk if it got too bad."