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The last three nights I've woken up with horrible indigestion...you know the kind where nasty acid stuff is actually coming up in your throat? Yuck!

I tried a glass of milk and that didn't work. I thought I remembered hearing something about Tums being good and bad, so I haven't run out to buy any of that yet. I propped myself up with two pillows and that seemed to help, but I had to stop because it hurt my neck.

Anyone have any natural indigestion remedies?

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I dont know about tums being bad, but I do know that they've helped me through some bad indegestion. I've only used them a couple of times because like you, I wasnt sure, but they worked better than milk or sleeping upright.
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You can try a glass of water with a spoonfull of baking soda mixed with it. It's gross, but it works!

I also try not to eat past 6pm. Including drinking too- helps with the up all night runs to pee.

Papaya helps with tummy acid also.
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I take Tums sometimes and I also have success when I chew a handful of almonds as much as I can and swallow them. But mostly I just try to avoid pasta and bread at all costs. Those two things give me the worst heartburn.

Oh...and Trader Joes name brand shredded wheat gave me heartburn for DAYS!:

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i can't figure out WHAT exactly gives me such bad heartburn... sometimes i am convinced it's fruit, or maybe oatmeal. at any rate, the papaya tablets are the ONLY thing that have worked for me - and i have had that horrible chest pain indigestion that you are talking about that is almost unbearable!

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I take papaya enzymes after dinner, and try to sleep propped up as much as possible. Also, if it's really bad I pop a couple of tums right before bedtime as well. good luck!

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Thanks, I may be nuts about the Tums thing...I thought I remembered hearing something about Tums but of course I can't remember what it was or where I read it.

I thought about Papaya tablets, my grandmother used to have those around. I remember reading that unripe papaya is bad when pregnant, but I'm assuming the tablets would be fine right?

Thanks everyone!

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I eat a ridiculous amount of tums. I can't help it. It helps so so much and I feel so much better.

But, I mean, I don't eat more than the recommended dose. But some days I probably almost hit it.

If there is bad news about tums, someone please tell me!
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papaya enzymes are supposed to be better, tums can cause calcification on the placenta.

but papaya takes to long and tums help right away. I have had that problem since early on in the pregnancy. I keep a full glass of water next to the bed, along with tums. I try the water first and then if it is to bad and that doesn't help i will chew one tubs.

i have been dealing with it so long that I just kind of get used to it.

i have noticed that if i eat ice cream of have a bowl of cereal before bed i get it worse, so i am thinking for me the trigger is dairy.
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Loads of papaya enzymes or dries papaya by the bed helps me a lot.
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I don't have a cure to recommend, unfortunately, but I do find sugar and carbs to be a trigger.
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Last night I had meatloaf for dinner, and that's what was trying to come up in the middle of the night. Yuck!

I do tend to have ice cream a lot, so it could be the dairy. And sugar, having a lot of that lately too unfortunately. I have not eaten as well with the pregnancy as I did with my first.

Thanks for the info, guys!

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I'm Tums dependant too! I take one Pepcid a day and then Tums as needed. Unfortunately, this baby is way high up and the meds do not seem to be helping the reflux. I have a short torso, so I guess she doesn't have room to go anywhere else right now.

The other day we were in the car and I was feeling really crummy- making gas faces, I suppose. DH said "Would you knock it off? You're making me ill listening to you!" GRRRRR

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My MW said Tums are fine to take but don't take Rolaids. They have Magnesium hydroxide in them which she said interferes with the absorption of folic acid and iron.

On a side note I wish I had know that during my last pregnancy I popped Rolaids like they were going out of style! Seriously! :

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My MW said Tums are fine to take but don't take Rolaids.
Ah, maybe that's what I was thinking! Pregnancy brain is a bad thing, LOL!

I had a better night last night...I only felt slight indigestion when I sat up to get out of bed to go to the bathroom and right after I laid down, but it went away. Instead of indigestion I was treated to some crazy clawing and elbowing from the baby in the middle of the night. I'd rather feel that.

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Tums for me!
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Tums don't seam to work for me so I chew a peice of minty gum...usually Arctic Chill.

This helps and I keep it through out the night so if I wake an feel heartburn I just chew it a few times and go back to sleep.

I have not choked on it or lost it in bed yet and this is all that has worked on all 3 pregnancies.
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Drinking something alkalizing, like a glass of lemon or lime water solves the problem for me. Anything alkalizing will work, it's said.

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It used to be just chocolate, bbq sauce and tomato sauce that gave me heartburn. Now, it is everything including saltines, water and air!!!

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On the Tums front, I'd like to recommend the Cocoa and Creme ones....they are delicious! And I figure if you've got to eat chalk, it might as well be chocolate flavored:

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oh I love those cocoa and cream tums! I mean, as far as antacids go.
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Personally, I'm all about the "wintergreen" tums. So yummy and soothing. I'm chewing ice constantly too, so I'm wondering if it *is* actually the talc in them that appeals to me so.

Ah, well. We're almost through, and I do try to restrain myself to 2 tums at a time.
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I have really bad heartburn too. I told my doula who is training to be a midwife I take tums and she bit my head off. She said they are the worst thing you can take. Even though they work. I guess its true that they calsify(sp) your organs and placenta. Even my OB said to stay away from those. But darnit they work! I'm actually off to the herb store to see what they have.

 

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If there is bad news about tums, someone please tell me!
Yes, there's been some discussion on here about the possibility of Tums causing a calcified placenta.

http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=440070

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Yikes, I'm so sorry for you all with all that heartburn. I don't think I've ever had it. I get gassy, burping like crazy, if I lie down too shortly after a large meal. I'm glad there are things out there that help, but don't you wish you could get a solid answer on what's safe to take and what's not!! I mean really.
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