Can we take as much as we need to get the job done? Or is there a maximum amount?
There is a maximum daily dosage, and I believe for pregnant women it's different than for non-pregnant adults. Sorry I don't know what it is though! It should say on your bottle I think?
I have only had to take 2 in a day so far. My HB has been mild. This is the only thing I could find on TUMS.
I had HORRENDOUS hb w/ my last 2 pregnancies. I popped tums like it was an addiction. I think you can just pop them....
Also, they are a good source of calcium.
I want to say that my BFF had an ill side effect to taking too many Tums...something about calcification on her placenta that the OB noticed at delivery. I could be wrong but I think someone said it was the Tums.
I asked my OB about this last pregancy and they said anything above 4 or 5 a day warrents needing a daily maintenance medicine like prevacid.
I have heard stuff about too many Tums causing kidney stones, but I'm not sure if thats true. But I had horrible heartburn and was taking like 6 a day. Decided to switch to Prevacid and the heartburn got almost 100% better. I think I've only had to take 2 or 3 in the last month as opposed to 5-6 per day.
Zantac works better than tums and w/o the constipation side-effect!
I think it says on the package. I have been taking a few lately too!
My midwife said liquid calcium magnesium also works well for heartburn, and it can help your muscles when you're having aches and pains or restless legs (like me, haha).
Its the calcium that can cause kidney stones and constipation. Kidney stones isn't that common unless you have had them before and are known to be at high risk of developing them. The constipation is just from too much calcium and can happen with regular milk or liquid calcium magnesium too. The only patient I've ever had develop constipation from them was taking around 10 to 15 a day but if you are having pregnancy related constipation already you might be at higher risk.
I don't know the max daily dose for a pregnant women and couldn't find it in my reference but I would have to agree with more than 4 or 5 on a daily basis (or definitely anything past the package max dose) warranting a maintenance med like Zantac or Prevacid instead because that much heartburn can start to damage your esophagus. Tums are meant for short term, quick relief.
Don't over do it on the TUMS. They can really constipate you. Trust me. Bleh.
You're good to take whatever it says to on the bottle. There's no difference whether you're pregnant or not. This is on the list of approved medications that my OB gave to me, and I chew them like M&M's lol!