HEARTBURN!

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HEARTBURN!

so far this, i have heartburn andplenty of it. on a bad day i have to take Tums 3x a day tops and that is a rare occasion. So i've been sick since friday, the congestion is easing up finally, but now i have a scratchy throat and a small cough, nothing major and i am in serious need of sleep! so last night we went to bed early hoping to catch up on some ZZZ's. i was up at 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30 1:30 and 2:30 to tinkle and with SEVERE heartburn! every stinking hour! i dont think i ate anything that would cause it but who knows. so needless to say, i am even more sleep deprived than i was. and now im at work, and i just took more Tums. i just read the bottle and your not supposed to take more than 10 in a 24 hours time span! :eek: i think its time to get a prescription from the doctor, i just hope she will call it in for me as i wont see her until next wednesday Sad

anyone have any ideas that will help. i always heard that apple cider vinegar is good for this, but i just bring myself to try it, but then im getting desperate.

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My midwife said you can take as many tums as you need since it is just calcium. She said if the tums don't work, try Zantac. I take it at night before bed and it helps me sleep, otherwise I burn like a witch!

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I had heartburn really bad with my daughter and I was told to eat smaller portions because filling your stomach too much causes the heart burn. It worked a little better for me.

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Well, thats a relief LOL the bottle scared me a bit! i have been eating portions, for this reason and because i cant fit alot in my tummy at once any more LOL. I am starting to burn like a witch, i think i will look into Zantac. thanks!

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I also heard that ice cream or milk is good for heartburn...so maybe a bowl of ice cream before bed Smile

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apple cider vinegar sometimes helps... it never helped for me. but you have to buy the $6 glass bottle of organic apple cider vinegar "from the mother" for it to possibly work.

I eat papaya enzyme pills... sometimes it takes a few to be 100% effective, but always works. I get mine at trader joe's Smile

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Our mw said yesterday to drink milk and tums. She said tums is fine because it's just calcium and we need that anyway. Also, smaller meals more often and take your time eating. I hope it eases up for you soon.

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Before the hospital I took a Zantac every morning to prevent heartburn because I would have it severe like you described every day. Water has been my craving this pregnancy but it killed on the heartburn end. Now that I am in the hospital they give my a shot of Mylanta (quick relief) and it works like a charm!

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Bummer. I have really bad reflux and heartburn but I'm on medication so it hasn't been that bad this pg.

There are a lot of OTC medications that might help you if your doctor gives you the ok.

Other than that, these are things that they say help with frequent hb and/or reflux
-milk
-don't eat anything close to bedtime
-avoid caffeine, spicy foods, and anything acidic (like tomatoes and citrus fruits)
-sleep slightly propped up if you can

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Zantac is on the approved list from both of my OBs (this one and the previous one), you might try that, it actually decreases acid production and doesnt just neurtralize it.

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I have gone on a bland diet, no sauces, acidic food etc...and that has helped greatly. I also have been sleeping.g a little propped up at night which is a killer on my neck but it works if I have heartburn. If I eat anything greasy or acidic I immediately have heartburn.

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I'm right there with you! The heartburn lately has been awful! It seems like all I have to do is *think* about food and I get heartburn.
I did rolaids and tums in previous pregnancies but they actually reccomended I take maloxx (sp?) this time because of the magnesium in tums/rolaids??? Not sure that was the exact reason but it was something like that. My other kids turned out fine though, and with DD1 I carried a gigantic bottle with me everywhere I went the heartburn was so bad Lol

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LOL i keep a bottle of Tums at work, in the car, in the living room, next to my bed andin the bathroom! i should buy stock in the company. i just went to lunch with a friend and someone at the restaurant was talking about me being preggo and asked how i was doing, and i said great, except for the heartburn. She HIGHLY recommended a tsp of mustard and said it works. im not fond of mustard but there is no harm in trying i guess. milk doesnt work, though im for ice cream before bed. Biggrin

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No advice fromme, I just hope you feel better soon!

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"ekcanada" wrote:

No advice fromme, I just hope you feel better soon!

Thanks! between my being sick all weekend, the heart burn that keeps me up all nite, now i have a small cough and scratchy throat, i cant seem to catch any ZZZ's. im so tired, i think i could sleep at my desk. guess i should get used to lack of sleep though LOL

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I freaking hate heartburn. Between that and carpal tunnel and insomnia near the end of each pregnancy, I find I sleep better WITH a newborn then pregnant! LOL!

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I started getting bad heartburn a few days ago, finally last night I went and bought some tums...yuck. but they worked. I was actually able to sleep last night without the horrible heartburn.

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I vaguely rememebr having heartburn with my last pregnancy, but I don't think is was ever as bad as its been so far this time. I also carry tums around with me. My girlfriend recommended Gaviscon (do you have that in the US?), but she didn't warn me that the tablets foam in your mouth once you chew them. EWWW I just about vomited! I haven't been able to take them at all! Big waste seeing as it was $14 for the bottle!

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Melissa, Tums make me sick too. what kind do you have? i can oly chew peppermint or spearmint (spearmint works better though), the rest make me sick. i can handle these.

I have never heard of Gaviscon. but i will pass on anything that foams LOL

i actually was up once to take tums last night! BUT, then i guess i managed to sleep wrong as i woke up with some serious pain in my left hip. i could not sleep in ANY position last night except on my back, which is bad. i woke up and immediately freaked out thinking i hurt the baby LOL i chugged OJ and she started kicked up a storm! im limping pretty good today
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