Ways to Find Relief from Pregnancy Heartburn

By Marisa Cohen
Reviewed by Alyssa Quimby, M.D.
April 03, 2023

You may be thoroughly enjoying that lasagna—until a few bites later, when your chest starts burning and a sour taste fills your mouth. Heartburn strikes again!

It’s estimated that up to 45% of pregnant people will experience the uncomfortable burning sensation known as acid reflux or heartburn.

What Is Heartburn?

Despite the name, heartburn has nothing to do with your heart. Rather, it occurs when acid from your stomach moves up to your esophagus (the tube that moves food from the throat to the stomach), causing a feeling of burning and squeezing. Heartburn can also give you nausea, a cough or sore throat, or a raspy voice.