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#1 of 13 Old 09-19-2013, 02:38 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I'm dying here ladies.....24 weeks pregnant and the acid reflux is SOOO bad-any suggestions?

 

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The best thing for me was cranberry juice and making sure to lift up my ribcage, especially when seated and/or eating, so as not to put excess pressure on my upper stomach.

Hope you get some relief!

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I get terrible acid reflux at night, so sleeping propped up is the only way to go, laying flat makes it worse.

Eating too much also makes it worse so smaller meals help. I hear chocolate is another one that makes symptoms worse.

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I had to take Zantac. Nothing else worked...
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yup, I take Zantac, twice a day actually. I have acute asthma and the acid reflux makes it worse. So Zantac it is. I didn't realize even how much i was suffering until I wasn't anymore. I highly suggest it.

 

You can take tums, but I understand that the calcium just causes your stomach to overcompensate and make more acid, so not really helpful in the long run

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Yes to that. Tums and papaya enzymes worked okay during the first pregnancy, but for number 2, no way. Try the gentler stuff first, but if that doesn't cut it, ask your practitioner about using something stronger.
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You can take tums, but I understand that the calcium just causes your stomach to overcompensate and make more acid, so not really helpful in the long run

Another concern with Tums is they can calcify the placenta. I'm not sure exactly what that means, honestly, but I know I asked if DS's placenta was calcified because I had horrid acid reflux and took Tums so much (I asked for a better solution but no one offered Zantac! Frustrating.) and they said that it was. He was fine, but I'll definitely use Zantac next time.


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I have been using apple cider vinegar (about 1tsp in a little bit of water before each meal during the day) and Zantac to get me through the night.


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Chia seeds mixed with water to make a gel are the only thing that has really helped me! Take a spoonful as needed. The idea is that the chia absorbs any extra acid and prevents it from coming up.


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I'm just curious, any of you that have used Zantac, how you had your baby yet?  Tums is OUT for sure.  I had reflux with my 2nd and 3rd (this is my 4th) I just suffered with the 2nd it wasn't too bad-but was seriously bad with my 3rd and took TONS of tums.....anyways she was my only child that had HORRID allergies.  One of the first questions my ped allergist asked was if I used tums when I was pregnant......seems even though I was told they were fine to take there's new research that is showing that moms that takes tums are much more likely to have children with allergies- of course if I knew I wouldn't have taken them so I'm wondering if Zantac has of those same concerns.  Btw, I have been trying the apple cider and its been helping thank god!

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I haven't had my babies yet so I can't speak to the "allergies in babies" as a side effect of the Tums. Seems odd since isn't tums just some calcium salt that neutralizes stomach acid.


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Don't see any signs of allergies in either child
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