As if being pregnant isn’t hard enough, up to 80% of pregnant women report experiencing some degree of heartburn symptoms as a result of gestational acid reflux. Why is this so common? During pregnancy, hormonal changes cause the muscles at the lower end of the esophagus, known as the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), to relax due to an increase in maternal estrogen and progesterone.
This relaxation allows stomach acid and contents to escape through the LES back up into the esophagus causing a burning sensation in the chest and even regurgitation, coughing and choking. These hormonal changes also decrease gastric motility, or the ability of the esophagus to return reflux to the stomach, which can increase the amount of time acid lingers in the esophagus, as well as increase symptom frequency.
So, what’s a tired Mama to do?
A recent clinical trial presented by Cleveland Clinic at The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Conference (ACOG 2016) in Washington DC showed that the MedCline Reflux Relief System reduced gestational reflux symptoms by 70% after only 2 weeks of use.
The study also found that with MedCline, these women, in their second or third trimesters, were able to fall asleep easier, fall asleep faster and reported an overall improvement in sleep quality. MedCline offers a proven, natural treatment for woman suffering with nighttime gestational reflux.
The findings of this study are consistent with previous studies showing the significant improvement in nighttime symptoms experienced by the inclined, left-side sleeping position created and maintained only by MedCline.