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Q&A: Treating heartburn while pregnant?

How can I safely treat heartburn while pregnant?

Re: How can I safely treat heartburn while pregnant?

The Bump Expert

Oh, one of the many joys of pregnancy: heartburn. But that burning sensation in your chest and the acid reflux in your throat don’t have to be a given. Check out over-the-counter medicines like Tums and Rolaids--just be sure you look at the labels. Avoid antacids that contain sodium citrate, sodium bicarbonate, aluminum, and aspirin (which may be listed as salicylate or acetylsalicylic acid) because they increase constipation and swelling. Make sure you check with your doctor before you take any other type of antacid. It’s always better to be overly cautious than an OTC renegade when you’re pregnant.

If you’d rather go the homeopathic route, try a tablespoon of honey in warm milk, a handful of almonds, or some fresh or dried papaya. Some find that chewing gum after meals also helps reduce acid.

re: Q: Treating heartburn?

Try drinking a large glass of milk after a meal or before going to bed, works for me! But when I'm on the go, Tums work great! Plus you get the extra calcium!

mlefebvre |

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Probably not the best solution when we're trying to avoid putting on excess weight, but I've found that vanilla ice cream helps.

Ausiliadora |

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a steady supply of tums seems to be doing the trick for me!

krealander |

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Eating alot of tums can leave you constipated... like that isn't already a problem! I drink milk and chocolate milk when heartburn hits, and it works wonders for me. Plus its great for the extra calcium you would be getting from tums as well.

MrsMoody23 |

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I live on milk & tums!

Tiera |

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a friend told me to try some peppermint gum... so far it's done the trick!

Mrs.A12 |

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Oh milk is awesome its a sad day when we run out of it lol

rsf21 |

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papya helps with heartburn!!! my sister in law works at a health food store at she eats papya all the time and she swears by it. plus its good for beacause its a fruit!

tiffaroo06 |

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tums has worked for me and if its really bad... Ice Cream.

sunflwrdee |

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OMG! My heartburn and indigestion has been ridiculous lately. Nothing helps, I've had to cut even the most seemingly benign foods from my diet because they make my chest burn for hours afterward. The ice cream thing sounds promising though. But is there ever any relief?

SouthernSCWife |

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I always warm up a glass of milk and my heartburn is gone after that:)

dmheckenkamp |

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I'm getting heartburn just from drinking a glass of water so my midwife has me taking Prilosec. Makes me hope that old wives tale of "lots of heartburn = head full of hair" is true. I need for there to be a good reason for all this discomfort.

kay1522 |

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I was using Tums but that only relieved the symptoms, and not preventing it. So my doctor recommend Zantac 150mg twice a day. It works like a charm!

evafung |

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My family swears that heartburn = a baby with lots of hair!No heartburn here... so I guess I am going to have a bald Babe

AeL347 |

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EGGCREAMS - seltzer mixed with milk and chocolate syrup

jrati569 |

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I find that Tums work the best. My doc said that Pepcid would be okay to take too if it got bad.

Kris10Dan |

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I tried both Tums and Pepcid, as recommended by my OB. It worked for a while, but in that final month, NOTHING worked, and EVERYTHING caused heartburn. My doctor finally wrote a script for Protonix, and it has worked beautifully. I don't need tums or pepcid now....and no heartburn what-so-ever. I only wish I would've asked for it sooner!!!

starEpm@aol.com |

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My doctor gave me prilosec...as I had heartburn terribly bad...have not had a flare up since...it has been a lifesaver.

DesireeZimm |

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milk.....its awesome... i dont like taking any pills while pregnant. it just feels strange because what i eat my baby uses. i dont want any drugs in his system.. sometimes my heartburn is so bad i could go through a gallon of milk in one day.

LIL_PIXI_LOXZ |

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I tried Pepcid (per OB's recommendation), milk and vanilla ice cream, which worked for a while, but then the heartburn got so bad I had to sleep sitting up at night. My OB then suggested Prilosec, and I cannot believe how well it's working. No heartburn at all after the 3rd day of taking the Prilosec. Btw, at my 32 week ultrasound a couple days ago, the perinatologist said my baby girl has a whole head of hair--gives some credence to the wives tale!

darshann625 |

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Peppermints work really good, get a whole bag!!!

amberqtxoxo@Gmail.com |

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nice tips! I am definitely going to try the chocolate milk one!

crinnybaby |

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milk gives me instant relief!

aandaroth3412 |

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i carry a ziplock of tums in my purse and pop them like mints...guarenteed relief!

SiL715 |

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I keep hearing TUMS will make you constipated, but after 10 years and 4 pregnancies, I have yet to experience this...and I take A LOT of TUMS!! They are my best friend lol

BeckaMomOf4 |

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I don't like taking things like Tums or Rolaids. When I start to feel a little acid reflux & heartburn, I take a shot of Apple Cider Vinegar. It immediately goes away! It sounds weird to drink something acidic. But when you get heartburn, your body is essentially not producing enough gas which creates the burning sensation. Adding more acid into your body is actually helping. I swear by this, try it and you'll see!

Rosalynda |

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it sounds like it would have the adverse effect but i swear it works! i had a friend tell me about sipping some green olive juice a year ago when i was complaining about heartburn ...i ignored her until i was absolutely desperate and tums, milk, ice cream, other dairy, AND zantac failed me...it worked!

karenandlukelovecade |

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zantac and mint choc chip ice cream do the trick.. my baby is looking bald.. so we will see about the old wives tale....

remiebowen |

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I had awful heartburn and I tried it all! Milk, gum, tums everything, and the only thing that has worked was apple cider vinegar pills. I have a prescription for something stronger and more conventional but as long as the apple cider pills work. I will stick with them.

miss_mac |

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Baking soda in water also works great, too. Just don't do it too much or you could neutralize all the acids in your stomach.

mnbride1013 |

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I actually was able to get by using dill pickles the first two trimesters. I would just make my husband get up in the middle of the night and slice me one up. At least it gave him a story to tell about mommy's craziness during pregnancy. When the heartburn/indigestion became too bad I started doing a glass of milk - also worked awesome. I made it until 27 weeks before taking a Tums and now I take maybe one a day. I still prefer the natural methods though.

vhortde |

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i've heard a little bit of sugar helps (like 1/2 a teaspoon). it may not be something you want to do often, but just in case you don't have anything else handy

Cescimu |

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ZANTAC and Tums. Yes, you should watch how many Tums you have a day. If you have too much unabsorbed calcium (from Tums), my doc said it could cause kidney stones. She also warned me to take the low-sodium kind, but in my experience--since about 24 weeks, Tums works immediately and Zantac works pretty well if you take it as prescribed.Of course, if I have a glass of milk or ice cream before bed, I end up waking up with heartburn so bad I have to prop myself up on the couch to catch some sleep. I guess to each his own!Oh yeah - and as for that ol' wives tale, every kid in my family has been born bald, so I'm not putting much stock in it! Good luck beating back the burn!

kittym99 |

Q&A: Treating heartburn while pregnant?

I used to get heartburn almost everyday when I wasn't pregnant..2 years ago, my boyfriend and I switched to drinking only Soymilk..I never get heartburn anymore, even being pregnant now,and if I do, a nice big swig of the soymilk takes it away immediately. I've read many articles on how cow's milk only soothes heartburn temporarily and after about an hour it can actually come back worse and that is why women that rely on regular cow's milk wind up drinking so much of it during pregnancy. Don't forget, they make Soy-based ice cream too!...mmm! :)

lillytool |

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Milk milk milk! I'm 34 weeks and I go through 2 gallons a week! With breakfast and in between meals, milk and a banana or other fruit is SO nutritious for the baby, keeps my weight in check (not hungry for junk food), contributes to the 8-10 glasses a day of fluids, gets me calcium and some protien and prevents hearthburn before it starts. I keep some Tums for when I'm on the run and can't pour a glass, but I've only needed them a few times.

lovelifeeveryday |

Q&A: Treating heartburn while pregnant?

I just got off the phone with my ob/gyn a few minutes ago. I am currently 8 weeks, and I get heartburn every day in the afternoon, no matter what I eat. She said it is safe to take Tums, Rolaids, Zantac, Pepcid AC, etc. All of the popular OTC antacids are safe. She also said to sit upright for at least an hour after meals, eat 5-6 small meals throughout the day rather than 3 larger meals, and walking daily will help food move through the digestive system faster.

amarie726 |

Q&A: Treating heartburn while pregnant?

I'm 11 weeks and so far the only thing that has helped my indigestion is mint flavored MENTOS. I owe it all to a friend of mine who had them in her car while we were on a long trip. I haven't had them in years, but now I can go through a pack a day.

ATFaix |

Q&A: Treating heartburn while pregnant?

Often hearburn is worse at night... try putting something under your mattress - just by your head - to raise it up a little bit. (Don't just use an extra pillow - it doesn't seem to do the trick). Eat smaller meals, more often - as opposed to large meals, esp. before bedtime. Limit acid-stimulating foods, especially later in the evening (citrus, tomatoes, etc). And if all else fails - Tums.

kerrymass |

Q&A: Treating heartburn while pregnant?

It sounds crazy and I must admit isn't very appetizing, but a tea spoon of mustard does the trick for me. It hasn't failed me yet.

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jerryms |

Q&A: Treating heartburn while pregnant?

After going through about half a economy size jar of Tums in less than 2 weeks, I stumbled onto this: oatmeal! A bowl of quick oats or regular oatmeal, made with half milk and half water works wonders. It won't stop the burping, but you can stop feeling like your throat is on fire. A couple things: 1.) Don't use prepacked oatmeals that come in those flavored packets. They don't work because the sugar in them stimulates the production of more acid. 2.) Don't sweeten your oatmeal with table sugar. If you have to sweeten it, use no more than a tablespoon of honey.

HBowles |

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I find that Milk saves the day every time it needs to be at least 1% but 2% works miracles also I eat a Red apple and that works wonders!

Talynn21 |

Q&A: Treating heartburn while pregnant?

YOGURT WITH HONEY! THE BEST!

map1409 |

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Omg. I'm lactose intolerant :( wish I could do milk

PetuniaFeatherbottom |

Q&A: Treating heartburn while pregnant?

Ummm...tums is pregnancy category c. Isnt that bad?

gkhenderson |