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#1 of 10 Old 11-08-2006, 01:09 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hi All-

I just recently went through some hellish days. I never had heartburn before and what I was feeling was much lower than my heart so I imagined other things. Since we're all getting bigger, maybe this info can keep another out.

My symptoms began like this:

-Weird buzzing/numbness under right ribs (I was sure I was being kicked or something)

-sometimes stabbing pain radiating from right rib to center under breastbone when lifting myself up from laying down

-gradually all the sensations were under my breastbone only. It felt like a snakebite-when someone twists your arm skin two different ways.( I started to wonder if my uterus was trearing off from it's anchor!)

Finally, stabbing pain that made standing straight almost impossible. Feeling like acid is burning your insides. I called my m/w and she tells me heartburn. Oh.

*I found relief really fast with chamomile tea. I drink it before any meals I think may have an acid edge to them, like meat. I drink about three cups per day.

The other things that have helped and were recommended were:

-papaya enzymes
-calcium pills or milk
-avoid very acid foods

I've also read about the merits of baking soda, but all antacids, like Tums, have negative consequences to the body's ability to regulate it's acid balance. They do more harm than good.
Also, Zantec (I think that's the one) has been proven to compromise the liver, setting a hurting mama up for liver overload and pre-clampsoa later on.

Hope that helps someone. I was in hell for awhile and wouldn;t wish it on anyone!
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thanks! i get it from time to time but it's not debilitating, thankfully! i'd never had it before my last trimester of my first pregnancy. i feel bad for people who have it all the time!
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thanks.... I am also getting a lot of heartburn... bookmarking this thread!
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Wow, thanks! I will try some of those. I've also been using slippery elm (available as a lozenge from Thayer's) as recommended by Aviva Romm in The Natural Pregnancy Book. When it works, it works immediately and really well. I have had a few instances when it didn't really work for me, though, so I'm grateful for the additional suggestions!
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I've been taking the chewable papaya enzymes for the last week and they are great! You can take them as often as you you need to which is also great. So glad I found out about them.

About milk... the first MW I was seeing told me not to drink cows milk because it can cause calcium deposits on the placenta. I always thought that just happened with an "older" (postdates) placenta. Has anyone else heard of this? I don't normally drink cows milk but it's one of the things I've actually craved this pregnancy...
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Hmmm. If it isn;t obvious alreeady, I'm a big research hound and I've never read that about milk (yet).
So far what I've read about milk in pregnancy is that it's very good. The body, placentsa, and baby are all clamoring for calcium and protein and fat, so dairy can be a great resource. Some people even advocate pounding a quart a day!

That being said, I have read one book where the author was super anti-milk because of how it's processed. She (rather forcefully) stresses drinking raw milk only.
I tend to read at places where natural methods are used, so the fact I haven;t heard that before may mean you're o.k. Just my opinion-please take it in stride.



Glad to hear I've helped. I will look into the slippery elm too. I can't remember all the things it's used for, but it's mention several times in Susan Weed's Child-Bearing Year herbal book as helpful.
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About milk... the first MW I was seeing told me not to drink cows milk because it can cause calcium deposits on the placenta. I always thought that just happened with an "older" (postdates) placenta. Has anyone else heard of this? I don't normally drink cows milk but it's one of the things I've actually craved this pregnancy...
I always crave a ton of milk and allo love to drink it ice cold while nursing. I have never heard about the calcium deposits and have never seen anything like it on my placentas. Milk is my fave cure at the moment for heartburn!

~Lanie mom to Layne, Liam, Maren, Meridian, and Melora
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I used to use those papaya pills and while they worked, they also make it so your body stops producing your own enzymes (the saliva ones) and then you need them all the time.

If you take these, take as few as possible (they do taste yummy) and use with caution. I had to go off them because I was extrememly dependent on them and had heartburn every day. Now that I have weaned from them I have no heartburn.
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Good to know stretchmark. I will use sparingly and maybe try some of the other suggestions here. Also glad to hear what the rest of you are saying about milk. I thought it was an odd thing for her to say in the first place. SO....I will go on drinking my yummy ice cold milk with a smile!
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ginger tea and candied ginger. raw milk. slippery elm and marshmallow herb tea too. and here's a really yummy one: raw almonds.

gaviscon is safe for pregnancy too. (stuff like tums is not recommended)


jude rose it could be a bunch of things, from gall bladder to a pulled intercostal muscle. but if the tea helped, very cool.

i had intense pain just under my sternum the first time i was pregnant. it was really horrible. whe i finally got in touch with my FP, he perscribed a really mild med called "carafate." it "cured" my heartburn and gastritis. however, after my son was born it came back and we figured out it was gall bladder. humph! no wonder it hurt so much when i was pregnant.

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