Curbside Consultation in GERD: 49 Clinical Questions

Philip O. Katz, MD

Question 41: How Does Pregnancy Affect Gerd? Is Gerd In Pregnancy A Risk For Long-Term Reflux? (continued)

Heartburn is a common symptom that occurs frequently during pregnancy, in any trimester. Although “heartburn” and “gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)” have become integrally connected in the medical literature, the 2 terms have distinct connotations. Heartburn is a symptom that is considered highly sensitive and specific for GERD. GERD, on the other hand, is a disorder of abnormal gastroesophageal reflux and its associated complications, of which heartburn is the most common symptom. In the nonpregnant individual, GERD may present with extraesophageal…