Ever feel like you have a fire stemming from your stomach up to your throat? Well it could be the typical “heartburn” sensation or it could be something known as GERD- gastroesophageal reflux disease- a condition that causes the acid in your stomach to rise into your esophagus and consequently irritate the lining of the esophagus. How to tell the difference? Heartburn can occur sporadically, infrequently, and after eating certain foods and is also a symptom of GERD. GERD however, is more chronic and long-term and the heartburn sensation associated with it is experienced more frequently. If you experience heartburn more than twice per week, you may have GERD.
Remember being a kid and having your parents tell you what you can and cannot eat? It was the worst!
But good news, now you are an adult and make all your own decisions on the foods you are allowed to eat, even if your tastes have evolved from wanting rocky road ice cream to a fine chianti. And now you are pregnant! And it’s not your parents, but your doctor telling you what foods you can’t have and all of a sudden you are that little kid again.
Luckily you have matured greatly from your childish self and are now responsible. So responsible that you are able to completely give up these foods for the next nine whole months, good for you! But it’s important to know why those mean doctors “parents” are telling you to not consume these things. They, like your parents were, have your best inter...