Heartbuuuurn!

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I had awful heartburn for my whole pregnancy but it got REALLY bad the last 3 months or so. Having my baby fixed it instantly (I was chomping on tums in labour and baby popped out BAM no more heartburn) but I just used tums/gavison, drank milk to calm it down and the rest of the time I just suffered. I got it from absolutely everything I ate or drank pretty much, even water.

A friend recommended to me papaya, or papaya supplements in capsule form. She only told me about a week before I was due so it was a little late for me but might be worth a try?

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I hear you, ouch! My OB prescribed me the equivalent of zantac here in Aus (which works well and quickly), and my naturopath suggested I try slippery elm powder mixed in water (disgusting, but I can gulp it down and it usually works). My naturo also warned me off all caffeine (i still sometimes have a black tea though), and said to try licorice tea instead, which is actually quite nice.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I hear ya, I have it BAD too! I’m taking ranitidine (safe for pregnancy) twice a day and I still can’t stay on top of it. Tums weren’t doing anything for me, so I switched to a magnesium-based antacid and when I get really desparate I mix 1 tsp baking soda in a cup of water and drink it. Puts the fire out instantly almost and then I can at least sleep usually.

 Our babies better have the cutest, thickest hair ever for all this suffering 😉

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@cowgirlace:  @Sunshine09:  I said my baby was going to be born with a ponytail after all my heartburn and wouldn’t you know it.. HE’S BALD!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@MrsSawyer:  dang it! Haha…that will probably happen to me, too. I had problems with heartburn even before pregnancy, so it’s probably just exaggerated and not bc of loads of hair (although I did read the other day they think there is a legit correlation..higher levels of estrogen = more hair = relaxed esophageal sphincer, but obviously not true for everyone!]. 

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Sunshine09:  I had heartburn 24/7 with my son, from day 1 until the minute he was born, then never again! I used Zantac/ranitidine when it got super bad- obgyn said it was no problem to take everyday if I needed to.  He was born with a full head of hair!!

 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Sunshine09:  Try papaya! I can’t personally vouch for it, but I was just talking to some ladies who had serious heartburn and they said papaya worked wonders. Apparently you can buy chewable papaya enzyme tablets (they look like Tums) at health food stores or just eat it raw if you can find it in your local grocery store. 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

This is going to sound strange, but sometimes heartburn happens because of  low stomach acid.

A friend of mine had terrible heartburn when she was pregnant, but she had also just recovered from really bad morning sickness. I told her to try drinking a bit of apple cider vinegar for the heartburn. It helped her a little bit, but I’m really not sure how often or how much she drank.

I drink apple cider vinegar on and off, mostly because I’m weird and I like the taste? I find “Braggs” tastes the most like apple cider (it’s the sweetest), and I dilute a couple of capfuls in a tall glass of water.

[ETA] Oh! I forgot – sometimes pickle juice will do the same thing! I’d just make sure it doesn’t have a ton of sugar/corn syrup/sweeteners in it, that’s no good.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2006

Drink apple cider vinegar. It’ll burn like HELL when it’s going down for about 10 seconds, but it’s the classic chemistry thing where like destroys like. The acidity of the vinegar cancels out the acidity in your stomach. I drank some a few times a day for a few weeks and my heartburn went away for the rest of my pregnancy!

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Ugh mine was awful!  I once ate and entire roll of tums on a 9 hour road trip.  Toast even gave me heartburn.  My OB said I could take Zantac and that really helped.  Once I had my baby, I never had it again.  And, for what it’s worth, he was born with a head full of hair!  🙂

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