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Eating Close to Bedtime During Pregnancy Increases Risk of GERD, Study Reveals

According to a recent study that short meal-to-bedtime (MTBT) or simply eating close to bedtime, during pregnancy, increases risk of developing gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD.

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“This dieting habit was significantly associated with reflux symptom frequency and reflux-related insomnia,” according to researchers.

There were 400 pregnant women with average age >18 years visiting the antenatal clinic of Gia-Dinh People’s Hospital, Vietnam, were involved in this cross-sectional study. GERD was described as having difficulties in initiating or maintaining sleep through the night. Meal-to-Bedtime (MTBT) was considered “short’ if it was <2 hours in more than two-thirds of days in a given week.

There were 154 (38.5%) patients with GERD and 20 (13%) with reflux-related insomnia were recognized. Using the multivariate analysis, it revealed three factors that were significantly correlated with GERD: third trimester, previous history of typical reflux symptoms, and short MTBT (meal-to-bedtime).

Frequency of reflux symptoms revealed a progressive increase across subgroups of patients with no short MTBT, either daytime or night-time short MTBT, and with both daytime and night-time short MTBT. Additionally, night-time MTBT associated with a heightened risk of reflux-related insomnia.

Short MTBT (meal-to-bedtime) came out as the predominant risk factor for GERD in pregnant women based on the results of the study provided with evidence. For complete details of this medical study, click here.


Source: J Clin Gastroenterol 2021;55:316-320

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