H IS FOR HEART­BURN

Little Treasures - - NEW­BORN DAYS -

“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."

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