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Eating Tums every day?

post #1 of 12
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Are there any possbile complications that could arise from eating Tums on a daily basis during pg.? I probably eat 3-7 a day and have been since the second trimester.
post #2 of 12
Not that I know of really. I'm in the hospital and they have no issue with me taking Tums, provided I stay within the limits on the bottle, which for mine is a max of 15 per day (!!!)

However, I will say you want to be careful with taking them around the same time as any iron rich foods or iron supplements you take. Calcium is an iron inhibitor and with anemia being more common in pregnancy to begin with, you really want to try to avoid the calcium from the Tums keeping any iron you can get from getting used.

That being said, I usually avoid the Tums and any other calcium rich foods in the AM when I take my floridix (iron) and don't worry about it the rest of the day. But if you're getting the bulk of your iron from food, I'd try to be strategic with the Tums usage.
post #3 of 12
It's funny that you asked this - it was the question on my "week 33" email I got this morning from one of the ten sites I signed up with The doctor's response was that it is perfectly safe to take multiple Tums (or equivalent) each day, with the only precaution being that it could cause constipation - which he then went on to say is not at all harmful to baby, just uncomfortable for you!
post #4 of 12
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Originally Posted by KittyDanger View Post
Are there any possbile complications that could arise from eating Tums on a daily basis during pg.? I probably eat 3-7 a day and have been since the second trimester.
If you are prone to kidney stones (family history, etc.) there's a slight risk there. Also, in my case the full recommended dose wasn't clearing up my heartburn, while I think it WAS interfering with iron absorption. I was anemic, despite being much better about my iron intake from food and supplements this time than I had been in other pregnancies so I ended up switching to zantac (higher risks, but weighing the pros and cons, I decided it was a good call in my case. Most importantly, I can eat a balanced diet now.
post #5 of 12
I've read and been told that it can cause calcifications on the placenta, which then interferes with placental ciriculation. I don't have any sources so if anyone is bored and can find more info I'd appreciate it. I'd do it but navigating the web on a blackberry isn't fun! :P I'll probably spend some time searching about it this weekend otherwise!
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I've read and been told that it can cause calcifications on the placenta, which then interferes with placental ciriculation.
Yeah, my midwife told me that just yesterday.
post #7 of 12
No idea about that. I know I go to town on Tums usually (this baby isn't causing nearly as much reflux for some reason) and I've never had any calcification of my placenta that we could see...unless its not visable? Then I have no idea.
post #8 of 12
I do a tiny bit of baking soda instead. You could alternate, it would ameliorate the calcium issue a bit. I seriously use a pinch of baking soda in a glass of water, but I only generally use one tums, too.
post #9 of 12
I do both tums and zantac. It's usually worse in the evenings so I try to take zantac then so that I don't end up taking 5 tums in 2 hours. I also take zantac before bed too. But in the mornings (or at 4am sometimes) and afternoons I'll take tums here and there.

The heartburn is pretty harsh.
post #10 of 12
I've been trying to avoid the tums, but I'm giving in. About an hour ago, I accidentally threw up a little (on DH's side of the bed no less). I'm a heavy sleeper, and after weeks of getting no more than 2 hours of sleep at a time, I can apparently sleep through the heartburn until the food completely returns from whence it came. Gross. :Puke

Nothing else works. I've tried almonds, herbal supplements....tums seems to be the only thing that works. I'll have to check with our midwife at our 35 week appointment tomorrow. I'm hoping a few weeks of tums won't hurt. IDK what else to do...
post #11 of 12
Kidney stones. Which is why I refuse to take them because I know I'd be taking them like candy on a daily basis. I can suffer through it. I'd rather have bad heartburn than some of the other things I've had to deal with. But Papaya tablets sometimes help, other times they do nothing.
post #12 of 12
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Thanks to all who replied. I am using Tums a lot less in this pregnancy than in my last, so I'm sure I am staying within the "safe zone" for dosage.

definately worth discussing here.
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