Heartburn is a classic symptom of GERD. This is a condition in which the stomach contents reflux upwards in to the esophagus.
It is treated with medications called proton pump inhibitors.
Anything that increases the abdominal pressure increases the risk of GERD.
In pregnancy the abdominal pressure increases due to the growing fetus which worsens GERD.
What advice do you have for getting off PPi's after 10 years after following all the advice about weaning off slowly and not eating certain foods (coffee, spices) But what about fat or protien. Is that worse? I ate a carrot and that hurt going down too. I don't eat before lying down etc. etc. It has been 5 months now and I still have terrible hearburn relieved only by burping and undoing my undergarments. I have to wear loose clothes. I have to chew food very well to liquid to get it down. It really hurts going down (about mid chest.) I am worried I am really hurting myself by eating. Is there something else I should know?