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#1 of 12 Old 12-08-2009, 12:53 AM - Thread Starter
 
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The heartburn in this twin pregnancy started early and has grown increasingly worse...making me not want to eat anything. Help! The following are on an approved list from my OB:

Mylanta
Maalox
Pepcid AC
Zantac

If you've found any one of these to be particularly effective, please let me know before I go out and buy all of them... I didn't list TUMS b/c it's not effective enough for me anymore.

Also, anyone had luck with papaya enzyme tablets?

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Oh I feel for you so much! By 18 weeks or so I couldn't eat a bagel with cream cheese without getting heartburn! None of the drugs on your list helped me but my OB OKed Prilosec OTC, which helped incredibly. I took a similar drug but Rx (Protonix) when I was in the hospital because they didn't stock the OTC. I know it's Cat C, but for my case it was worth it.

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Reflux was the worst part of my pregnancy (and that included bedrest starting at 24 weeks).
We ended up putting the head of the bed up 6 inches on blocks (step stools I got at walmart). It made a huge difference for me. None of the things you listed did. I did not do enzymes but enzymes didn't help my refluxer with his reflux. I wouldn't expect them to help in pregnancy either as it is the general relaxing of the muscles and the babies pushing on stuff that causes the reflux--not so much your digestion. Though if you're also having constipation they could possibly help, they are safe, and certainly worth a try in my mind.

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Papaya for sure helped me earlier on in my pregnancy. After about 34 weeks though the only cure was birth!

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Papaya enzyme and acupuncture worked for me.
Maybe a little hair of the dog will work for you? Try a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar.
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Here are some things that keep heartburn at bay in this house (DH has it something terrible, I've begun to get it for the first time in my life):

Drink AT LEAST 8 glasses (8oz) of water everyday, I drink 8 (16oz) glasses!
An apple.
Cal/mag/zinc supplementation.
Remaining upright for an hour after eating.

It is amazing to see the difference when we simply don't drink enough water for a day. And, an apple can cure my heartburn in a matter of minutes, quicker than anything else.

My DH has been on all kinds of drugs both OTC and prescription for his heartburn and these are the only things that work.

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Oh Mama, I soooo feel for you. This was my desperate cry for help on the exact same topic just about a year ago.

I found that the best advice was related to the type of food I ate, particularly later in the day...no refined carbs at all really helped. I also starting eating pineapple after supper...I know, I know, the thought of eating something acidic sounds ludicrous, but it REALLY worked! I didn't do the apple cider vinegar, I just couldn't bear the thought of vinegar down my throat, but I bet it would work too. I tried papaya during my first pregnancy and it didn't do a thing for me.

And I realize that for most people birth is the best cure but unfortunately for me I actually still had heartburn for almost a month pp After that though it did go away, thank goodness.

Reading your post is like a little walk down memory lane

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The papaya helped me early on. About 28wks and thereafter I ate a steady diet of Gaviscon Foaming Tablets. I would just pop one at a time when it really HURT, and that would tame it for a short period of time.

I also found rolling....pardon me, HEAVING my body to the right caused it to just come right up!

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The papaya helped me early on. About 28wks and thereafter I ate a steady diet of Gaviscon Foaming Tablets. I would just pop one at a time when it really HURT, and that would tame it for a short period of time.

I also found rolling....pardon me, HEAVING my body to the right caused it to just come right up!

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From very early on everything I drank tasted like I was drinking battery acid. Heck, breathing became an issue, I did use a few Rolaids but very sparingly. But yeah, the only cure was birthing.........I remember my first meal afterwards and I commented that the milk I drank actually tasted like MILK and not battery acid. The change was instantaneous. Thankfully it's only temporary, a handful of months!

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I also starting eating pineapple after supper...I know, I know, the thought of eating something acidic sounds ludicrous, but it REALLY worked! I didn't do the apple cider vinegar, I just couldn't bear the thought of vinegar down my throat, but I bet it would work too. I tried papaya during my first pregnancy and it didn't do a thing for me.

And I realize that for most people birth is the best cure but unfortunately for me I actually still had heartburn for almost a month pp
OMG, I really HOPE it goes away -- right away-- post-partum. It did with my other pregnancies -- but then again, it didn't start until the end with those. Anyone else find pineapple helpful? How about apple cider vinegar?
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OMG, I really HOPE it goes away -- right away-- post-partum. It did with my other pregnancies -- but then again, it didn't start until the end with those. Anyone else find pineapple helpful? How about apple cider vinegar?
Sorry, didn't mean to scare you! Just so you know, even though I still had it, it was NOTHING like it was when I was pregnant

Tammy, Canadian Mama to 4 girls May-02...March-05 and...identical twin girls Jan-09
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