Acid Reflux........HELP!!!!!

Sherri - posted on 12/04/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I am 28 wks pregnant. Have severe acid reflux and have been in pure agony for the last 10hrs. The only two things that are okayed by my OB is Tums/Rolaids (which I have taken 6 of) and liquid mylanta (have also taken 4tsps of this). Obviously none of these have helped one iota.

Please does anyone have anything else I could try?? Deperate my chest is on fire. Oh and I can't do ice cream as I have gestational diabetes too.

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Jodi - posted on 12/04/2011

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Just read all the responses, and I'm glad you found something to work!!!

Jodi - posted on 12/04/2011

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Sherri, I suffered terrible acid reflux and heart burn with both my pregnancies, it was almost constant. I tried everything. I was going through Quickeze (equivalent to your Tums) and Mylanta like it was going out of fashion. Just for the record, my OB said I could have as much of those things as I liked, and it wouldn't harm the baby (and note, I had two separate OBs because my kids were born in different states).



Finally, with my daughter, my OB gave me a prescription. For the life of me I can't recall what it was. I got to a point where I couldn't eat at all without being in agony. This helped. It didn't totally relieve it, but it sure helped. So there are things out there that are safe. I'll have to have a look and see if I have record of what it was called. But you can't just purchase it over the counter here (maybe you can there, I don't know), or at least you couldn't back then.



Other than that, I was just SUPER careful about what I ate. But really, in the end, a glass of water would cause it, so...... :\ Let's just say I totally sympathise with you.

Krista - posted on 12/04/2011

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Oh good! I'm glad it worked!

You'll just want to be careful with it, especially if you're prone to high blood pressure. Baking soda (unsurprisingly) is full of sodium. So it can increase your blood pressure, which can be a concern when pregnant. I would recommend only using the baking soda when you're in agony, and just keep a really close eye on your blood pressure, okay?

Sherri - posted on 12/04/2011

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I just tried the baking soda and water by a recommendation from a friend and it seems to have worked like a miracle. It has been the only thing that has worked. Other then the horrible taste and the burping all which I can deal with as long as this works all night, I may have just found my new best friend LOL!!

Thank you so much Krista you guys have been a lifesaver.

Krista - posted on 12/04/2011

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Ugh -- I feel for you. Reflux is the worst. Gaviscon is supposed to be safe during pregnancy -- can you call your pharmacist and check? (I know it's way too late to call your doctor, but if you have a 24h pharmacy around, they might be able to help. Plus, I find that overall, pharmacists are more knowledgeable about drugs than doctors are.) You could also try the old fashioned remedy of mixing baking soda into water and drinking it. It'll taste like ass, but it might help neutralize the acid.

Other than that, I'm wondering if plain yogurt would help. You can get the low-sugar kind, so it shouldn't raise your blood sugars too much. I'm thinking that it'll help neutralize the acid in your stomach.

And I know this sounds INSANE, but from reading online, a LOT of people recommend 2Tbsp of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water. Evidently it makes the pain worse for a moment, but then it's all better. It too, tastes like ass, but you could mix in a tiny bit of Splenda to improve it.

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My OB gave me a prescription for something while pregnant w/ the girls. It helped somwhat so I could sleep (tried to only take it at night cuz I hate drugs). I still popped Tums all day long. I had wicked heartburn every day from 16 weeks until after I gave birth. The good news is that it WILL go away.... you just might have to wait another 10-12 weeks. Sorry!

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