how do you stop heartburn

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There are a variety of medications of differing strengths that can be taken, but you should consult a doctor before starting these.



While you're waiting, try making sure that you don't have an empty stomach for long periods of time. A glass of milk can often lessen an attack as well.

Andrea - posted on 04/19/2012

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I had horrible heartburn with my second pregnancy (my only boy) and I tried everything - but the only thing that ended up working was the LIQUID Gaviscon, recommended by my Dr. It worked great- even better than some prescriptions she gave me. Also - be sure you sit up for a a good hour after you eat - I even used to prop myself up more at night so I wouldn't get acid reflux. Hope you feel better soon!!

Randi - posted on 04/19/2012

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A teaspoon of vinegar. I know how gross it sounds but works wonders in just seconds.

Millie - posted on 04/19/2012

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I went to the chyropractor and after an adjustment he asked if I had heartburn with my pregnancy at the time. I told him I did and he adjusted my back and I hardly had heartburn at all after that.

Niki - posted on 04/19/2012

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I had the worst heartburn the whole time I was pregnant with my daughter, even before I found out I was pregnant. It was so bad just bending over could make me throw up.
Just so you know I am a pharmacy tech, and I do know for a fact that these things are safe and also what I used while pregnant. The reason why you are getting such bad heartburn is your progesterone levels are very high right now, and that is slowing down the muscle contractions in your GI track, so every time you put something in your mouth it is taking a very long time to move from your stomach to your intestine, try eating smaller easier to digest meals, and milk is one of the worst things to drink, it will actually make it worse cause it takes so long to digest all the sugars in it, and our GI track is not designed to digest milk after being weened from your mothers milk.
Things to try are Tums but after a while you may find your self constipated, cause calcium can do that and along with you GI track moving slower due to your progesterone levels being increased.
You can also try Rolaids (i found the chewy ones worked better), there is also Gaviscon and I recommend using the liquid, instead of the chewable tablets, the Gaviscon foams up in your stomach and makes a barrier at the top of your stomach by the esophagus blocking the acid from moving up and causing the burning. What most people don't know, is that when you use these things (tums, rolaids, gaviscon) you also need to drink a full 8oz glass of water with it as well for it to work properly.
And if you find that these are not working you can also safely use Zantac 150 mg twice a day or buy the generic which is know as ranitidine.
If want to choose a different route to go as well, my mid-wife recommend for me to use an herb called "slipper elm" it comes as a powder and you would mix a teaspoon with some honey.
I tried all of these, and at the end I had to take the Zantac it worked the best for me, and I also had to use Gaviscon at night.
Also sleep propped up, not laying down flat and that can help at night as well.

I know I gave you a lot of info, but I hope that this helps :)

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K - posted on 03/14/2014

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apart from bisodol we tried everything from lowering acid in diet, to every single other heartburn remedy u could buy over the counter
others who have tried bisodol for standard heartburn (not during pregnancy ) have never used another product again

K - posted on 03/14/2014

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look for bisodol. my gf had same problem and was the only thing that stopped, it, rennies/tums didnt do a thing

Rebecca - posted on 04/20/2012

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Lots and lots of milk is the only thing that worked for me, and I had heartburn with both of my sons

Patti - posted on 04/20/2012

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The only thing that worked for me was Gaviscon. Don't know if this is available in the US but it is in Canada. The fruity liquid, I found worked best as the minty taste gave me more heartburn. One thing, as soon as I gave birth, it stopped.

Jennifer - posted on 04/20/2012

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Baking soda is by far the best remedy ive found for heartburn. Also works for gas and indigestion. Love the stuff! 1tsp to 8oz of room temp water.

Bonnie - posted on 04/20/2012

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Tums. I find they work. I don't get much heart burn, but I am pregnant as well. I'm 31 weeks and they are safe to take.

Stephanie - posted on 04/20/2012

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I had the same problem. I had never had heartburn before and it got so bed I couldn't even drink water! My doc gave me vitamin B6. It worked really well, and was safe for the baby. And as far as your child being born with tons of hair, not sure that's true. Mine had a big bald head with one little curl in the middle of it. Think Kewpie doll!

Adriana - posted on 04/20/2012

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Zantac. It's even good for the baby too. Anything liquid will make it worse. Tums barely does much too. Rumor is if you have a lot of heart burn, your baby will have a lot of hair too! ^_^

Susan - posted on 04/20/2012

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I snack on pretzels to lessen the heartburn. my hubby gets heartburn often and that works for him as well. Hope u find something that helps... u have alot of options to try.

Kathleen - posted on 04/20/2012

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If Tums are not working try Papaya caplets from General Nutrition Center. They are natural and really worked for me

Dora - posted on 04/20/2012

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CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR PREGANCY!!!!!!!!!!!!
I had such a bad case of heart burn with both of my pregnancies. Even a glass of water gave me heartburn. I was apprehensive about trying certain things because I was so worried about the ingrediants going to my babies. Talk to your doctor about trying a little baking soda dissolved in a glass of water. The taste is not pleasant but it should help.

Abby - posted on 04/20/2012

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Oh...forgot to tell you to put ginger in your food...this helped me during my pregnancy. That, and the motion sickness bands for your wrists. I wouldn't have survived otherwise. Hope you feel better soon.

Elizabeth - posted on 04/20/2012

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I took nexium all through my last pregnancy and only experienced heartburn a couple times.

Jeramie - posted on 04/20/2012

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Any form of papaya will help, also when I was pregnant I discovered that drinking Aloe juice helped me with my heartburn. when I looked it up I discovered several articles that claim it can cure acid reflux. It is also really delicious. I found it at whole foods and earth fare.

Abby - posted on 04/20/2012

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Try a bland, low acid diet for a few days to see if that helps. Sweets can make it worse. Hope this helps.

Jennifer - posted on 04/20/2012

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I have really bad heartburn w my son. I found a tea just for pregnant women with heartburn. It worked great for me. It can be found any babystore...if you like hot tea anyways.

Bethany - posted on 04/20/2012

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my midwife says to use pineapple juice. I always have terrible heartburn and all my babies had LOTS of hair.

Susan - posted on 04/20/2012

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I used to get terrible heartburn with my middle son, especially at night. I agree with the peppermint candy, Tums, and sleeping upright, smaller meals, and blander food helped too. Hope it passes soon!

Kylie - posted on 04/20/2012

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I used to use the quick ease chewables, in the wild berry flavor. None of the other brands or flavors worked for me. I got those in a sample bag, and thought why not (following my pregancy rule that if I smelled it, and it didn't make me feel sick, I could eat it), and was awsome, worked almost right away. Towards the end, when I was so huge it wasn't as effective, but still took and edge off, and the more upright I was the better, and mine was much worse at night, when I was trying to sleep.

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You might want to try a digestive enzyme supplement that helps with acid production. Most people think heartburn is too much acid, but actually it can be just the opposite. Digestive enzymes help produce more acid to help break down foods better. You can get them at any drugstore. That was the only thing that helped with my heartburn (2x)!. I still use them to this day when I get heartburn. I take one immediately after that feeling and it disappears in about 15 mins! Good luck.

Paulette - posted on 04/20/2012

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I always chewed gum when my heartburn was bad. It creates more saliva which is a natural remedy for acid. It worked every time. I hope you feel better!

Amanda - posted on 04/20/2012

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Definitely cut out chocolate right away. Make sure you are eating lots of little meals throughout the day. Prop yourself up, keep tums on your nightstand, and then just remind yourself it's all worth it and will soon be a distant memory. Good luck.

Jane - posted on 04/20/2012

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Gaviscon is brilliant but if you cant get it , eat 1-2 yogurts its better than milk and it gives relief straight away , prop yourself up at night also helps reduce it, stay away from spicy and fatty foods they make it worse

Jessica - posted on 04/19/2012

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I suffered from severe morning sickness and it made my stomache so raw, I had to avoid anything with onion, tomato, dairy products, vinegar and red meat cos it just wouldn't stop burning and wouldn't stay down. I tried ranitidine, antacids and in the end the only thing that worked was pantoprozole. If it gets too bad that's perfectly safe in pregnancy

Jessica - posted on 04/19/2012

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I suffered from severe morning sickness and it made my stomache so raw, I had to avoid anything with onion, tomato, dairy products, vinegar and red meat cos it just wouldn't stop burning and wouldn't stay down. I tried ranitidine, antacids and in the end the only thing that worked was pantoprozole. If it gets too bad that's perfectly safe in pregnancy

Jessica - posted on 04/19/2012

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I suffered from severe morning sickness and it made my stomache so raw, I had to avoid anything with onion, tomato, dairy products, vinegar and red meat cos it just wouldn't stop burning and wouldn't stay down. I tried ranitidine, antacids and in the end the only thing that worked was pantoprozole. If it gets too bad that's perfectly safe in pregnancy

Amanda - posted on 04/19/2012

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Hands to God, a teaspoon of mustard will knock out heartburn by the time you get the taste out of your mouth.

Anja - posted on 04/19/2012

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You know what that means.....the saying is if a women has heartburn during her pregnantcy her baby has a lot of hair.... I know few mum experience the same like me and every baby had a lot of hair (for a baby)

Micha'ele - posted on 04/19/2012

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I had chronic severe heartburn with all 3 pregnancies. It would start in the third month and never went away...I tried everything! Tums, ginger root, papaya, ginger-ale, I finally found the one thing that would actually take it away long enough so I could sleep....Cherry flavored Mylanta, liquid. Keep it in the fridge, that way it taste better and feels good going down. The doctor said it was safe for me and baby! I swear by that stuff!!! Good luck, hope you can find something that helps!

Nickie - posted on 04/19/2012

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My doc has given me time release Prevacid and it works like a charm. Also lying on your left side is beneficial too!

Nicole - posted on 04/19/2012

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Zantac!! Both of my pregnancies I had crazy bad heartburn! Zantac and milk were an amazing help! Both of my girls were born with full heads of hair...they say that is what is the culprit behind my heartburn...good luck! :)

Ann - posted on 04/19/2012

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Eat and drink slowly. That way you're not swallowing a lot of air. It's hard to eat slow when you want to raid the frig @ 2 am but I had to learn the hard way that vaccumming up the food was a really bad idea. My heartburn made me feel like a fire breathing dragon most of the time but once my daughter "dropped" down out of my chest, the heartburn went away completely. I also ate tums and tried the Pepcid AC stuff.but what helped sooth the burning sensation was pepperment tea. Also, these first weeks are a little stressful on you and you're bound to have acid jumping around in your stomach, add to that a child whose main goal right now is to do a room makeover in your belly.

Kristi - posted on 04/19/2012

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Optiflora Probiotics... amazing the difference they can make, pregnant or not. All though there shouldn't be a problem... always consult w/ your doctor first. My husband was eating Zantac & Pepcid like candy, but with in days of starting taking the Shaklee Probiotics he was able to make it through the day w/o needing anything.
I wasn't selling Shaklee when I was pregnant with my first, and my heartburn was so bad!! I would eat 5-6 meals in a day, and NEVER eat until I was full because that made it so much worse. Lots of small meals only! Good Luck

Here is the link for info on the Optiflora Probiotics..
http://kristileatherman.myshaklee.com/us...

Paula - posted on 04/19/2012

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I had really bad heartburn/reflux at night. I ditched big dinners in favor of smaller dinners, propped myself up in bed with pillows behind my shoulders/head, took Tums, sipped water frequently and most importantly ditched the foods that caused it the most. Once I figured out which foods made it worse, I ditched them without replacement snacks. Crackers never helped me much, it made it worse.

Kristi - posted on 04/19/2012

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Sleep with LOTS of pillows so ur not flat. Milk is a good quick fix but doesn't last. Keep a massive bottle of tums by ur bed and a small one in ur purse. The only good heartburn pills u can't take but wouldn't hurt to try whatever ones u can. Try eating early. Tums and ritz crackers are great from the beginning til the end of ur pregnancy

Penny - posted on 04/19/2012

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cottage cheese helped me with my last pregnancy, tums are also helpful. heart burn is not fun and it can last forever. I know that wont help u, but do try the cottage cheese if u can stand it. just a spoon full should help. pls make sure ur stomach has something in it at all times. at night have a bag of crackers and a glass of water on the side of ur bed just in case u start feeling it, u can just reach over and eat a few crackers and dring a little water and that should also help.

Jenny - posted on 04/19/2012

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when i was pregnant they had me use tums or rolaids, usually heartburn doesnt happen to closer to the end of the pregancy though when the baby starts growing hair. if you cant stomach the tums try a glass of milk or saltine crackers to settle the heartburn if it gets extremely bad talk to your doctor about it they might need to put you on a stomach medicine. and if you are eating spicy foods or drinking sodas/pop/etc note that they also cause heartburn

Haley - posted on 04/19/2012

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When I was preg I had BAD heartburn! The only thing that helped me was to eat a few pretzels. They absorb the acid! I tried tums and went through several bottles that didn't help until I discovered pretzels!!! :)

Laura - posted on 04/19/2012

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tums never worked for me. i had to use Pepcid A C. it worked great! with my first pregnancy my OB put me on Prilosec which was amazing!

Tami - posted on 04/19/2012

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Here are a few things that helped me and my daughters with heartburn, they are natural and seem to work :D eat an apple, or nibble on soda crackers and sip flat 7up. eating an apple helps with morning sickness as well if you eat one before you get out of bed. definitely should eat just small snacky meals all day long instead of trying to eat larger amount in a single sitting. Hope it helps!

Desirae - posted on 04/19/2012

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i drank ice cold water, and ate tums like they were candy. but don't eat any acidic foods like tomatoes ( this means ketchup) oranges pineapples and stuff like that. it makes your heart burn so much worse!

Rachel - posted on 04/19/2012

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Nexium and prilosec are both ok during pregnancy my doctor told me. Ok it with your doctor first.

Michelle - posted on 04/19/2012

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Wow I am kind of surprised by the responses on here. Tums are great. I had horrible heartburn while I was pregnant and kept a bottle of these around the house. They have to be a certain type, in order to be safe. I believe I had the 750 ones that were not the smoothies. The tropical fruit ones don't taste horrible. A cup of milk also helps a lot just make sure its not icy cold, sometimes that can make it worse. Do not take papaya extract chewables. I was told by my OBGYN to not take them cause they were not good and could cause preterm labor or worse. It may help to put a pillow behind your back while you eat if you tend to not sit up straight enough. I know for me I couldn't sleep being propped up. Good luck, sounds like your little one will have a lot of hair ;)

Sarah - posted on 04/19/2012

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I had hideous heart burn with all of my babies and nearly had to finish work early with my first because sleep was a problem. The best combo for me was ranitadine (Zantac) and topping up with gaviscon when the ranitadine wouldn't cover it. If you have tried these and it's not enough there are prescription meds that your doc can give you that they think are safe (ranitadine has been used safely during pregnancy for years and years). Do fix this because if you don't deal with it reflux has been linked to oesophageal cancers and you could be at risk of aspiration Pneumonia. On the up side the minute baby is delivered it should all go away. Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy.

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