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post #21 of 27

Hi, I am due August 1 but never post :) 

 

I just read this book http://www.amazon.com/Natural-Pregnancy-Book-Nutrition-Holistic/dp/1587611783/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1301338968&sr=1-1 and the author writes to suck on Thayer's Slippery Elm lozenges.  I found them at Whole Foods for cheap and I think they work ok, but not as much as Tums for me.  They do help me cut way back on Tums though... hope that helps because I know heartburn sucks.

post #22 of 27

I love to read about all the natural remedies that work for heartburn, and I have tried many of them. Sadly to say, none of them works for me because I have pregnancy-related GERD. I've had this with my last pregnancy where I held out to week 24 without prescription meds (nothing worked and I woke up most nights because of the reflux). This time around, the heartburn started around week 8 and by week 14 my stomach was inflamed, making impossible to eat anything. I really don't like taking drugs to control this problem, but I'm stuck with it for the time being. I primarily wanted to bring this up because there are cases of "heartburn" that are more difficult to control than others.

 

 

 


Edited by FischK - 3/28/11 at 4:46pm
post #23 of 27
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Originally Posted by jennyfah View Post

Hmmm, I don't know if it matters if it's unfiltered/raw----everything I've read just says ACV.  I have only tried the raw because that's what we have (Bragg).  But since I think it's the acid content that helps, I would think that any kind of ACV would work!
 



 


raw is better but if you don't have it the regular kind will work too.  I've used both.  I just drink it straight 1 Tbsp undiluted.  Not many people can handle that though.

 

post #24 of 27
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Originally Posted by HawaiianBlesing View Post




raw is better but if you don't have it the regular kind will work too.  I've used both.  I just drink it straight 1 Tbsp undiluted.  Not many people can handle that though.

 



You need to be careful with straight ACV, it is bad for the enamel on your teeth.

 

post #25 of 27

Ack!  Had tomato soup for lunch and tried the almond thing (natural, raw).  Yikes!!  It did not work for me and now I am in worse pain...  greensad.gif  Maybe for me Tums is the only thing.

post #26 of 27

Yes to the Apple Cider Vinegar. I use Bragg's raw ACV. When I remember to use it, I dilute 1 tsp in 8 ounces of water. I add a little raw honey from time to time. I usually do it before bedtime. Papaya enzymes do work well. As does homeopathic acidil. Acidil is made by Boiron and comes in either the little pellets (green tube) or a dissolvable tablet. I've used both the tablets and the pellets and they both work fine.

 

So far, the heartburn hasn't been too evil. It was horrible with Ds. Papaya enzymes and Acidil helped, but I was literally cured by a single chiropractic adjustment. I went from weeks of being woken up every single night with horrible heartburn to absolutely none after that chiro visit. So, if you are interested in chiropractic I would definitely recommend it.

 

The thing with Tums is that it uses a very cheap and rather crappy form of Calcium - calcium carbonate (chalk) - to replace the calcium it normally leaches from your bones. The calcium carbonate is typically bioavailable, unless your stomach acid pH is wonky or neutralized, which is the case if you have heartburn and are taking an antacid. If the Tums neutralize your stomach acid then the calcium carbonate can't work as well. Too much calcium carbonate can lead to kidney stones. The idea that it causes placenta calcification does come up now and then. It's also a pregnancy class C.

post #27 of 27

I agree with the ACV.  I've been pretty lucky with this pregnancy, as my heartburn has not been as bad as previous pregnancies (knock on wood!).  Only once has the ACV not worked for me, and then I had to resort to Tums, but for the most part, it's been working.  I'm going to look into the papaya enzyme, too.  Thanks for that suggestion!


 

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