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Help!

The heartburn has started early this time - I'm only halfway through and already moving beyond a glass of milk when the heartburn hits.

However, tums make me want to throw up (they make my stomach feel even queasier than morning sickness, calcium supplements always do - it's not the taste or the chalkiness, but the feeling once they're in my stomach). I don't want to use a drug this early and then take it for the rest of the pregnancy.

Are there any other home remedies besides milk/cream and tums?
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This works for me. 1 teaspoon of baking soda mixed in a glass of water. Tums probably taste better though
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Liquid Magnesium and Calcium...you can buy it at health food stores as a dietary supplement made by NF Formulas, Inc. You get it in different flavours (vanilla is good!). It works like a charm.

Eatting carbs in small meals works well to keep heartburn at bay.

Papaya enzymes also work fairly well. You can buy them in tablet form at Whole Foods.

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OTC Zantac. My OB told me to go ahead and take the prescription strength twice a day because my heartburn/IBS was so bad it was making me miserable. Prescription strength would be 2 of the 75 tablets twice a day so 4 tablets a day. I've found 2 in the morning and 1 and night actually is working for me. He swears it doesn't cross into the placenta and also commented that a lot of babies get put on zantac at birth for reflux (which is true--both of my first two were) so they consider zantac safe while pregnant.
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Liquid Magnesium and Calcium...you can buy it at health food stores as a dietary supplement made by NF Formulas, Inc. You get it in different flavours (vanilla is good!). It works like a charm.
I second this, but wanted to say that I think the vanilla is horrible! Anything but the vanilla!

DS, 10/07. Allergies: peanut, egg, wheat. We've added dairy back in. And taken it back out again. It causes sandpaper skin with itchy patches and thrashing during sleep. Due w/ #2 late April, 2012.

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OTC Zantac. My OB told me to go ahead and take the prescription strength twice a day because my heartburn/IBS was so bad it was making me miserable. Prescription strength would be 2 of the 75 tablets twice a day so 4 tablets a day. I've found 2 in the morning and 1 and night actually is working for me. He swears it doesn't cross into the placenta and also commented that a lot of babies get put on zantac at birth for reflux (which is true--both of my first two were) so they consider zantac safe while pregnant.
Does the Zantac cause diarrhea/constipation though? I think I may be driven to try it at some point. I'm 35 1/2 weeks, no sign of baby dropping any time soon, and so tired of the heartburn.
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Oh damn - nothing other than drugs and calcium, then? That really really sucks.
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OTC Zantac.
zantac seriously saved my sanity last pregnancy. I was on bedrest so my heartburn was SOOOO bad!!

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Oh damn - nothing other than drugs and calcium, then? That really really sucks.
Check past threads on this in this same forum, I asked a while back about natural alternatives & people had a ton of suggestions.

One thing that sometimes helps me is to eat a slice of apple - it is about as effective as a Tums. Just make sure you get a type of apple that is not too acidic or tart.

Also, as I mentioned in a past thread, buying a bed wedge foam pillow to sleep elevate also helped me sleep better, although it doesn't cure the heartburn altogether ...
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A few weeks ago I had HORRIBLE heartburn. We were on vacation and I tried everything, apples, peppermints, milk, sleeping propped up etc.

Finally I tried a tablespoon of vinegar, I just about lost it :Puke But my heartburn hasn't been as bad since. Also, since I did that I've read about gals putting a tablespoon of ACV in water and drinking it--I would suggest that. Much more tolerable

I hope it gets better for you!
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i take 2 MagOx. works every time.

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Canned papaya chunks actually worked well for me when nothing else would. I ate 6 chunks when I felt the tummy problems coming on and would feel tons better fairly quickly.
Hope you find something that works for you asap!
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Payaya tablets. I get them at Wild Oats or Whole Foods. Solar Ray brand is good. They are a digestive aid and do help. All natural. Worked wonders this pregnancy. Last pregnancy I had to go the prescription drug route.
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Cherry flavored Maalox Max

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Just wanted to give you a mama!

Not much help, I would just drink some milk and take the occasional Pepto-Bismol tablets.
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I always start with papaya enzymes and black licorice (not cheap black licorice but that panda bear stuff) If that hasn't calmed it in 30 minutes I resort to Zantac. Club soda also works sometimes for me. I usually try at least one natural type remedy and if I don't get relief in 30 minutes I go to zantac.
It's funny you say that about tums making you worse!! My last pregnancy I used to chew on rolaids like candy and they even somehow settled the morning sickness often. This time around, if I take a rolaid I can be guarenteed to throw up within 15 minutes. Color me stupid cause it took me like 3 weeks to figure that little gem out!
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Just an FYI, I am under the understanding that pepto bismal should NOT be used in pregnancy. Maloxx and Milk of Magnesia are fine but no pepto.
If this isn't true, let me know, cause I'd prefer it over the zantac.
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somebody tell me if these are bad, they didn't have them when I was pregnant.

I love the rolaids chewables. They come in 3 different flavors and they are soft, so not chalky, ugh.

I like the vanilla ones, I think the fruit flavored ones are kinda icky.

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Papaya enzyme tablets & check out my teas~ Sweet Relief !
I formulated this tea because I couldn't find anything to work!

Congrats, btw
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Just an FYI, I am under the understanding that pepto bismal should NOT be used in pregnancy. Maloxx and Milk of Magnesia are fine but no pepto.
If this isn't true, let me know, cause I'd prefer it over the zantac.
Pepto has Asprin in it and it should be avoided.

I also gag on Tums but find that the smooth dissolve ones aren't as bad.
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mmmmmmmm
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I finally just broke down and asked my midwife if trying Zantac would be okay. She gave her thumbs up and I took my first one yesterday.

OMG! It's like a revelation! Finally something that actually works! I was really hoping to find a natural remedy, but ya know, it is so unbelievably nice to be able to eat and even sleep without suffering that I am not going to look a gift horse in the mouth ...
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I would drink Jamican Ginger Beer. You know the real stuff in the green glass bottle - the name escapes me at the moment but they usually come in 4 packs. It worked every time.

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