Digestive System Disorders

Expert reports about Digestive System Disorders


INFORMATION FOR WOMEN WHO HAVE INDIGESTION DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING

 

What is indigestion?

Also known as dyspepsia, indigestion is a condition that is characterized by a variety of symptoms that may include nausea, sensation of stomach fullness, belching, abdominal pain, and often symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), such as heartburn. It also may include stomach ulcer disease and gastritis (stomach inflammation).

Another condition that can fall into the category of indigestion, due to overlapping symptoms, is irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a common disorder resulting from a variety of abnormalities that are generally minor, as they are not connected with any anatomic problems, inflammation, or other disease process, such as infection or cancer. Such abnormalities include intolerance to certain types of carbohydrates, often due to a deficiency of the enzymes needed to break down the particular substance. IBS is characterized by abdominal pain and altered, or unpredictable bowel habits, including diarrhea and constipation.


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