36 Weeks Pregnant Heartburn Vomiting

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    35 weeks pregnant and can't handle it anymore.....!!!?
    I will be 36 weeks pregnant on Tuesday. I have had SEVERE sickness since I was 8 weeks. Doctor put me on Phenergan after about 4 months pregnant. When I hit my 3rd trimester sickness only got worse so now the doctor has me on Zofran. I've been the hospital twice allready because of the vomiting. 1st time I was not dehydrated, although my potassium was low due to the vomiting. Doctor gave me my 1st Zofran prescription. Medicaid will only pay for 8 pills a month!! So I was only taking one pill a day. Worked great I felt better and was actually eating. One night I got really sick and ended up in the hospital again. This time I was very dehydrated. Doctor gave me a new prescription and told me to get the prescriptions as much as I need them because of the Medicaid situation and the refills. Medicaid will pay for new prescriptions. So I got my pills and even though I never stopped throwing up completely because of heartburn, it was better. Now I ran out of pills again. Called the doctor's office to get a prescription 2 days ago but the nurse never returned my call. Thing is that I spoke to them again today but I have to wait and see if the doctor makes it back to the office today so he can approve it. I've been taking my Phenergan meanwhile but they stopped working a long time ago. I've been throwing up a lot as you can imagine and don't even know what to eat anymore. I don't want to end up in the hospital again until Monday that the doctor comes in for sure. I just wish they would keep me in the hospital with an i.v. and medication none stop so that I never throw up again or that the doctor takes the baby out allready. It has messed up my throat so much that sometimes blood comes out too and it's VERY painfull. I drink lots of water and try to eat crakers, bread, fruits, etc but there is NO controling it. I just don't know what to do anymore. I feel like it's something serious, even though it is pregnancy related. But when you are this sick you just feel like you're dying! I cry because I can't handle it anymore and I don't know what to do. Please help me. I can't take it any longer! I feel like no one understands how horrible I feel and I'm desperate, miserable and feel like I'm slowly drying even though I know I'm not.
    Sorry I wrote so much.
    By me saying I would like the doctor to take her out allready doesn't mean I will do something on my behalf to make it happend. 1st of, 2nd educate yourself because at this stage baby is strong enough to survive. You're not in my shoes and you do not know what this feels like. Nobody understand because nobody feels like I do. I would never do anything to hurt my baby and I do want to keep her in as long as I have too. I just wish I didn't have too because I'm too weak allready!
    I am asking for advice on what can I do to feel better. If I wanted the baby out allready I wouldn't be here asking you people, I would be in the hospital trying to get her out!!! I don't mind my own child inside my body, the pains, the stretching, doesn't bother me. What I am having a hard time dealing with has been the severe vomiting!!!! Gosh you people just make me upset!!

    • ANSWER:
      I can relate to what you are going through. I went through the EXACT thing with all three of my children. I gave birth to my oldest throwing up. I threw up from the second I found out I was pregnant until the day I gave birth. All day everyday. I couldnt even keep down water.I was hospitalized so many times. With my son they started me on phengham and it worked for about a month then it just lost its effect that's when they gave me Zofran and it worked but my union would only pay for 12 a month instead of the twice a day my doc wanted me on. I grew so weak from throwing up and I was so tired of being in and out the hospital with iv's and what not.I tried to buy the zofran but good lord they were expensive so I too just suffered. With my last child they put me back on zofran....But it did not work and my body grew so weak I gave birth at just 26weeks my daughter spent the next 3 months in the hospital. So I completely understand where you are coming from. One tip I can give you that worked on occasion was this try a peppermint or gum when you start to feel queasy or a little salt in your hand directly on your Tounge...yes it sounds crazy but it worked a little bit for me and maybe it will get you through these last few weeks. I wish you so much luck and PLEASE do not let any of the people on here posting negative comments make you feel bad.

      for the smarty pants that said the baby would be in NICU for two months you are WRONG I am a nurse and a baby is considered full term from 36 weeks on which she will be on tuesday....babies are induced to be delivered as early as 32 weeks as long as the amnio comes back positive for lung function on the baby so if you do not know what you are talking about maybe you should find out FIRST before trying to make this poor woman feel worse than she already does.I myself was in the same situation and was so weak and frail from hyper emesis (throwing up excessively) that my child came early. When a woman is pregnant she is going through a lot of negativity is NOT what anyone needs!So as my granny would say if you dont have anything nice to say.....dont say anything at all.

  2. QUESTION:
    36 weeks preg- really hot out- nausea?
    Hi!

    I was wondering if any ladies out there felt nauseous when 36 weeks pregnant, and when its really humid outside. It's 28celcius out, with the humidex, it feels like 40 celcius. It is SO humid, hot and muggy! I feel really sick to my stomach, and have been sitting in a cold bath almost all day. Is this normal when you are pregnant when it's hot out?
    How did you cope with it?

    • ANSWER:
      i can imagine that the heat is just multiplying it, but a lot of women experience nausea towards the end of their pregnancy again, like in the beginning. i actually threw up a few times between weeks 36-40. the reason is that the contents of your stomach are pushing upwards and causing indigestion, perhaps heartburn and resulting in vomiting. also, hormones are changing in your body so take that into consideration. as for the heat, just be VERY sure to take in tons of fluids because if you're dehydrated your baby will experience that. if you have vomiting at some point and it lasts more than a few hours, contact a medical professional because they may request you into the hospital for fluids via intravenous becuase being a pregnant woman, you are more susceptible to becoming dehydrated. you can avoid this if you can keep fluids down in between vomiting, say you throw up once an hour or 2 vs once every 20 minutes. just keep relaxing in that cool bath if it makes you feel better and best of luck to you!
      remember: DRINK lots of WATER!

  3. QUESTION:
    help needed with chronic heartburn?
    I'm 36 weeks pregnant and for the last two months I've had dreadful heartburn. No matter what I do, I get it all the time, after I eat, if I haven't eaten in a couple of hours, just randomly. I take between 12 and 14 rennie tablets a day and they only stop the heartburn for about ten minutes at a time. It gets so bad that I actually vomit quite often from it. When I tried to speak to my midwife about it she just brushed it off and said she could prescribe gaviscon, but I can't take gaviscon cos it makes me sick. When I told her that she basically told me to stop complaing then. I don't know if there is anything I can do but I really need help. I'm in constant pain, please, any advice you have.

    • ANSWER:
      Severe heartburn or indigestion at this stage of pregnancy is extremely common. And annoying.
      There is not much room left in your belly and to make room for the baby, all your internal organs get shoved up into cavities and squashed.

      There are lot's of OTC medications you can take. I chewed Mylanta tablets like lollies in my last 6 weeks and still I would throw up from it or be in pain.

      Your Midwife sounds like a horrible b**ch! I don't think I would want her delivering me with a nasty, quick tempered attitude like that.

      Your can go to your Doctor who can prescribe some safe medication called H2 Inhibitors that may help.

      Avoid eating after 5 or 6 at night. Depending on your bedtime, you should stop ALL eating around 3 to 4 hours before bed.
      Elevate the head of your bed, so your almost sleeping upwards. This helps a lot.
      Avoid ANY foods with spices, salts etc.
      Drink plenty of full cream milk around bed time. And have some soda water beside the bed to help you burp, which helps it for a while.
      Keep up the heartburn meds. Your nearly there. As soon as bub is born, the heartburn will ease.

      It made me so sick. I spent the last few months sitting up constantly in bed trying to decide whether to throw up or burp.
      Every time it passed I would lay back down only to get it again.

      So I know exactly what your going through.

      Congratulations on your baby too.

  4. QUESTION:
    Ugh, what can I do about this baby?
    Ok, so I appologize if I seem naggy or anything, lol, but i am 36 weeks pregnant and I can just NOT stand this anymore!! I see why they say if it's a gir, you carry high because she is in my ribs 24/7 and will not move no matter what I do. And the heartburn is unbearable. It makes me vomit! I can hardly eat anymore now because I am just not hungry due to how far up she is. I can't sleep, at all. And I almost can't work anymore because the sweeling and pain in my feet and lower back is horrible. Is there ANYTHING I can do AT ALL to help ease the symptoms?? I drink a lot of water and rest like my doc said, but it just is not cutting it. Please, any advice will help. Thank you soo much.

    • ANSWER:
      For the heartburn: eat in a sitting position and remain sitting up for an hour after you eat. Try not to move around or be active immediately after eating. Avoid acidic foods and spicy foods that can make it worse.

      If the baby is in your ribs, try doing something active like walking or bouncing a little bit to get her to move.

      Lay with your feet elevated to reduce the swelling in your feet. You can use a heating pad for 20 minutes, take a warm (not hot) bath or ice on your back.

  5. QUESTION:
    Braxton Hicks contractions.. active labor soon?
    Im 36 weeks pregnant and for the past 2-3 days Ive been having braxton hicks contractions more and more. They are to the point where they hurt and stop me in my tracks. This is our first baby so Im constantly wondering whats normal and whats happening. Does anyone know if this means that I will go into active labor soon?

    • ANSWER:
      The Process of Labor

      It is most important that you trust your body when you go into labor. Remember, your body was built to carry, nourish, and safely deliver your baby. Some of the factors that affect the course of labor include your health, nutrition, size and shape of your pelvis, size and presentation of the baby, your educational preparation for labor and birth, and the practice of exercises, relaxation and breathing techniques. During labor, the emotional support you receive, along with medical interventions, may also affects the course of labor.
      How Do I Know When Labor Will Begin?

      Each labor is unique. No one can predict exactly what your individual labor will be like, or when it may begin. However, prior to the onset of labor, you will notice some signs that are nature's way of telling you that labor is approaching. If you are not sure, call your physician or midwife to discuss your labor signs. In the event you are evaluated at the hospital as being in very early labor and sent home, it is common to feel disappointed, maybe even embarrassed. It is common for first-time mothers to make more than one trip to the hospital. If you are in early labor and sent home, the following may be helpful: walking, showering, resting, drinking fluids, renting a video, listening to music, etc.

      The most common signs that labor may soon begin include:

      * The baby "drops" or engages into the pelvis, which is called lightening. Lightening may occur two to four weeks prior to labor in first-time mothers and often not until labor begins if you have previously had children.
      *
      Your abdomen usually appears lower and more protruding.
      * You may experience a greater ease in breathing, relief from heartburn and an ability to eat larger portions.
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      However, the lower position of the baby together with its greater size, can lead to:
      o Increased backache and sacroiliac discomfort
      o Increased awkwardness in walking
      o Increased frequency of urination
      * Frequent bowel movements may be experienced within 48 hours of labor, cleansing the lower bowel in preparation for birth.
      *
      Diarrhea or flu like symptoms without fever. Indigestion, nausea, or vomiting are common a day or so before labor begins.
      * Increased vaginal discharge during the last few weeks of pregnancy as the body prepares for the passage of the baby through the birth canal.
      *
      Increased Braxton-Hicks contractions during the last weeks of pregnancy, which are "practice" contractions that prepare the uterus for labor and may cause some effacement and dilation (thinning and opening) of the cervix. These contractions do not ordinarily cause pain but may be sufficiently strong and regular to be confused with true labor. This is referred to as false labor.
      *
      Possible "bloody show" or the release of slightly brown, pink or blood-tinged mucus from effacement and dilation (the thinning and opening) of the cervix, causing the mucus plug to be released from the cervix.
      *
      Some women notice a sudden burst of energy, sometimes called a "nesting instinct" approximately 24-48 hours before the start of labor. You may feel a strong desire to clean the house and prepare for the baby. Try not to tire yourself as nature gives you this extra energy to help you during labor. If you must be active, be careful not to overexert yourself!
      *
      A loss or leveling off in weight may be noticed in the last few days before labor begins. It is common to lose 1-3 pounds of fluid before labor begins as a result of hormonal shifts.
      * Mother just feels "different," not quite herself.
      * The bag of water may break. Depending on the location of the break in the amniotic sac, the break can feel like a gush, or an uncontrolled trickle of fluid coming from the vagina.

      Anxiety and disappointment are very common feelings for mothers as the "due date" approaches or passes without labor beginning. Try to keep occupied and active, but do not wear yourself out!

  6. QUESTION:
    I can not any more with my pregnancy, how can i have early labour??
    I am 36 weeks pregnant now. I am happy of course with my baby. But i didn't enjoy my pregnancy at any stage. Since 6 weeks pregnant i started to vomit between 3 to 7 times a day until nearly my 20 weeks of pregnancy. My gums have been bleeding, very strong heartburns during all day, feeling dizzy and without energy at all.

    Now with my 36 weeks i started to vomit again in the mornings or sometimes dutring nights. I have the olders synthoms of bleeding plus syndrome of carpial tunnel and i can not to move my hands properly, bad pain,restless, hemorroides and varicous veins started to appears. Obviously my mood is really bad and i dont feel happy at all.
    I hate listening the midwife telling me ...' Everything is normal, this will go when the baby comes' i just want the baby out..what can i do to have an early labour!!

    • ANSWER:
      You are going to hate me for saying this but you've done 36weeks girl you can do another 4weeks. Please dont even consider inducing your little angel its not ready yet! And inducing only causes more pain so you should let your body do its own thing.....trying to manipulate things is not good. I had a natural water birth with no pain relief and although it was painful it was also really amazing knowing I had done the very best for my little baby girl who is now 7weeks and just fabulous. You have done so much for this little baby so far going through so many hard times so dont ruin it now!!! Good luck big hug x

  7. QUESTION:
    36W3d pregnant and feeling......?
    I am 36 weeks 3 days pregnant and I have been feeling like crap for 2 days. I am nauseous, I just ate and it got a bit worse. I have been having some cramping. I am a bit irritable. Last night we had sex and then I hard a hard time sleeping, and thought for sure that I was going to vomit. And just a few days earlier I was do frantically cleaning that I hardly ever stopped.So what do u think?? I go to the doctor on friday, I am just curious as to what u think.

    • ANSWER:
      There could be one or more things going on. You could have possibly picked up a stomach bug of some sort on top of just being very uncomfortable due to the pregnancy. I know I get nauseated easily in the last couple of weeks, but I think mine is due to heartburn (which usually manifests itself as feeling a need to vomit). Your body could also be getting ready for the birth, or maybe a combination of the 2. Best of luck!

  8. QUESTION:
    34 weeks ,extreme heartburn making me constantly sick and rapid weightloss ?
    hi everyone i am 34 weeks pregnant and ..
    for the last week i have been suffering extremely bad heartburn and everytime i get it i get sick. iv tried everything, milk/gaviscon and other heartburn remedys but it works for like two minutes then it makes me throw up an if i dont take anything it still makes me throw up.
    the last 3days it has been really bad and i have lost half a stone in weight. i am drinking lots of water to keep me hydrated tho.
    has anyone had this and did you find anything to help ?

    kind regards

    • ANSWER:
      I am 37 wks and I also had really bad heartburn between 34-36 wks. So bad I couldn;t sleep and I felt like I would vomit. I went to accupunture and I had not had heartburn since. My accupunturist also gave me slippery elm powder which I can take 1 hour before meals and it lines the stomach. its safe to use in pregnancy. see a health store for this. but definately reccomend the accupunture, I also have cut out tomato and acidity foods and have been chewing on almonds after meals because this helps with digestion. Oh and I drink Camomile tea at night before bed... I think it relaxes my stomach. So maybe this may help you too. good luck. I know its really uncomfortable but there is a cure, you just have to find something that owrks for you.

  9. QUESTION:
    do u think labor is near?
    i am currently 36 weeks 2 days pregnant.i know this is early but i had my first child at 38 weeks and second at 37 weeks.so i was wondering if there is a probability that this one will be coming around 37th week?
    for the past week or so i have completely lost my appetite.i have some discharge but not a lot.since yesterday i have had a cold,congestion with runny nose and a sore throat.i feel very sleepy all the time lately and my braxton hicks are more stronger these days than they were before.
    i know that nothing can predict labor but witrh my first two i had no warning signs,no nesting feeling,didnt lose my mucus plug,no braxton hicks.with the first one labor just started one day unexpectedly at 38 weeks,with the second my water broke at 37 weeks.i have an appt on thursday to check for dilation and effacement but was just wondering is cold symptoms and feeling lethargic a sign that labor might be close?if yes then how many days after did u go in labor?
    also i havent dropped but i read at a lot of places that with your second and 3rd child,u normally drop just before labor.so needless to say i still cant breathe freely or eat with getting a heartburn or nausea...

    • ANSWER:
      I haven't heard that a cold/sore throat is sign of labour before. I know the most common signs that labour is around the corner are that you lose your mucus plug, although you can lose this weeks before as well. Vomiting and or diarrhea, bodies way of clearing out before labour. Dull back ache, mild cramping pains can signal slow labour.

      I wouldn't say from what your experiencing is labour starting, I would take a guess that it's just bad timing for you to land yourself a cold and sore throat and your tired because your heavily pregnant and a bit under the weather.

      Your appointment on thursday will put your mind at rest...try and take it easy, relax and hope your feeling better soon.

      Good luck for your birth and hope this has helped a little!!!!

  10. QUESTION:
    what do you do for terrible heartburn and sour stomach???
    29 weeks pregnant, tryed everything i think,,zantac,rolaids ,tums, i drink lots of water,chew on ice,dont eat too late,,still i keep battleing this its driving me crazy could it be cuz im 36 yrs and this is my fitth child never felt like this with my others,,,any ideas,,,i just want it to stop so i can sleep at night....as soon a i get comfortable i have to sit up,cuz i feel like im gonna vomit,,or i do....just sick and tired....
    thanks i never thought about crackers before,,good idea im gonna try it thank you

    • ANSWER:
      do you eat alot of greasy food? heavy food, spicy food during your meals. I find heart burn happened to me if I didnt eat good food, or ate too much and it just sits there. I would say drink alot of water during the day and stay away from greasy fatty foods.(if you can) look into increasing the food with more acidity in it. It might actually help balance it out instead of the opposite, I read it somewhere in a naturopathy article in a magazine. Another thing you can try is drinking fennel seed tea, its healthy and you can have it while pregnant. Just broil the seeds in water, strain and drink the tea. Try looking into something you can eat herbally aswell. sometimes conventional stuff just doesnt cut it. I know how it feels, hang in there. I am 33 weeks pregnant with number 2, and thank god no heart burn!

  11. QUESTION:
    if you had twins after a singleton pregnancy, how did you symptoms differ early on and ...?
    did you start showing really early or was everything pretty much the same at the beginning?

    • ANSWER:
      My Singleton:
      1. Had nausea/vomiting and other symptoms a week before i found out i was pregnant.
      2. Found out at 3 weeks
      3. Had morning sickness the entire 9 months
      4. Started showing at 4.5-5mon
      5. Gave birth at 38 weeks, weighing 5lb 13.2oz
      6. He was head down at 26 weeks and stayed that way till
      birth
      7. Had mild heartburn

      My Twins:
      1. Had nausea/vomiting starting at 8 weeks went away at 15weeks
      2. Found out at 3.5wks
      3. Started showing at 2.5 months
      4. Gave birth at 36 weeks,weighing 5lb 10oz and 5lb 13oz
      5. Got put on bed rest, baby A was head down and my cervix soften comepletly at 33weeks
      6. Had implantation bleeding at 7weeks
      7. Had severe heartburn, idegestion, and acid reflux

  12. QUESTION:
    GOOD GRIEF!!!I just woke up and already I want to go back to bed??!!! why???!!!?
    I am 35 weeks and 2 days pregnant and I woke up at 10:49 and now it is 12:36 and i feeling tired. I really haven't done anything. Why?!!
    GOD, I feel so old and I am only 22 turning 23 next wednesday.
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Is it common to be exhausted when you're pregnant?

      It's particularly common during the first trimester. What most women remember about this stage is a constant feeling of fatigue. Being pregnant puts a strain on your entire body, which can make you awfully tired. Even night owls may find themselves struggling to stay awake long enough to watch their favorite eight o'clock show.

      It's possible that hormonal changes — in particular, a dramatic rise in progesterone — are contributing to your sluggishness. And you may be having trouble getting a good night's sleep, especially if you're uncomfortable or getting up to use the bathroom frequently.

      Nausea and vomiting can certainly cost you energy. You may also be feeling anxious about your pregnancy, which can be draining. Add it all up and it's no wonder you feel as though you've run a marathon by the end of the day.
      How long will this feeling last?

      It's different for everyone, but you'll probably start to feel like your old self during your second trimester. Unfortunately, you'll probably begin to lose steam again by the time you're around seven months pregnant. At that point you'll be carrying more weight and may be having trouble sleeping well for a variety of reasons, including backache, heartburn, leg cramps, the baby moving around, and especially the need to pee frequently.

      If you're still exhausted a few weeks into your second trimester or you're worried that there's something wrong, talk to your healthcare provider about how you're feeling. Some women continue to feel tired throughout their pregnancies, but you'll want to rule out any underlying causes, such as anemia or depression. If you're having problems with depression or anxiety, your caregiver can help you find a mental health professional.
      What can I do to cope?

      Heed your body's signals. Start by going to bed earlier than usual. And make a habit of taking a nap during the day. Even a 15-minute catnap can make a difference, so if you work in an office and you're lucky enough to have a door, shut it, put your head down on your desk, and rest. Or get creative: Look for an empty lounge or conference room or lie down in the back seat of your car.

      Try to adjust your schedule. Cut out unnecessary social commitments and let the housework slide. If you work outside the home, see if you can cut back on your hours or arrange to take work home over the weekend so you can cut out early once in a while. Take an occasional vacation day in the middle of the week (or a sick day if you're not feeling well). If you're a stay-at-home mom, give yourself a break now and then and leave your children with someone else so you can catch up on your sleep.

      Make sure you're eating right. You need about 300 extra calories every day — and we're not talking about potato chips and candy bars. A healthy diet made up of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, skim milk, and lean meats can be energizing. Junk food, by contrast, actually saps you of vim and vigor. Snack on healthy foods like fruit and yogurt. Cut back on caffeine and make sure you're drinking plenty of water so you stay hydrated.

      Get some moderate exercise every day. You may feel like you barely have the energy to make it through the day, let alone exercise. But moderate activity, such as a short walk, can actually make you feel better. Take frequent breaks throughout your day to stretch and breathe deeply.

      Hang in there. If first-trimester fatigue is getting you down, take heart that soon enough you'll be in your second trimester and raring to go again. You may even be up to taking in the late show or going on a weekend getaway. If you're nearing the end of your pregnancy, you'll be a new mom before you know it, looking back on this period of relatively undisturbed nights with bleary-eyed nostalgia. So consider stocking up on your zzz's while you can.

  13. QUESTION:
    i have really sharp pains im only about 4 weeks pregnant.?
    I thought i was 9 weks pregnant because thats the last time i remember i had my menstrual cycle. But today i had an ultra sound to see where i was really at. come to find out i was only about 4 weeks. Well theres a problem i have and im not sure. I've never been PG before so this is my first. I get these really sharp pains once in a while. Like so bad when i lay down or sit down. it feels like someone is stabbing me inside and dragging the knife down my lower stomach area. Im not sure if this is normal. They happen at least once or twice every day or other day. Also my stomach feels oooh so bloaded and i cant eat what i want to because my morning sickness is like all-day everyday sickness. Then on top of that some times i get back aches in my lower back areas. i knoe the morning sickness is normal but the sharp pains and back aches. Can some one tell me whats going on with me??? im so lost.....

    • ANSWER:
      Sharp, shooting pains on either side of your stomach may result from the stretching tissue supporting your growing uterus. These pains may also travel down your thigh and into your leg.

      Recommendations:
      1.Change your position or activity until you are comfortable; avoid sharp turns or movements.
      2.If you have a sudden pain in your abdomen, bend forward to the point of pain to relieve tension and relax the tissue.
      3.Apply a hot water bottle, heating pad, or take a warm bath or shower.
      4.Try massage.
      5.Make sure you are getting enough fluids.
      6.Take Tylenol (acetaminophen), occasionally.

      Contact your doctor if the pain is severe or constant or if you are less than 36 weeks pregnant and you have signs of labor.

      Heartburn (indigestion) is a burning feeling that starts in the stomach and seems to rise to the throat. It occurs during pregnancy because your digestive system works more slowly due to changing hormone levels. Also, your enlarged uterus can crowd your stomach, pushing stomach acids upward.

      Recommendations:
      1.Eat several small meals each day instead of three large meals.
      2.Eat slowly.
      3.Drink warm liquids such as herbal tea.
      4.Avoid fried, spicy, or rich foods, or any foods that seem to give you indigestion.
      5.Don't lie down directly after eating.
      6.Keep the head of your bed higher than the foot of your bed. Or, place pillows under your shoulders to prevent stomach acids from rising into your chest.
      7.Don't mix fatty foods with sweets in one meal and try to separate liquids and solids at meals.
      8.Try heartburn relievers such as Tums, Maalox, Titralac, Mylanta, Riopan, or Gaviscon.

      An upset stomach is one of the most common discomforts during pregnancy. Nausea is a result of hormonal changes and most often occurs early in pregnancy until your body adjusts to the increased production of hormones.

      Nausea can begin in early pregnancy, but is usually gone by the fourth month. It can occur at any time of the day but may be worse in the morning when your stomach is empty (this is often called "morning sickness") or if you are not eating enough.

      Recommendations:
      1.If nausea is a problem in the morning, eat dry foods like cereal, toast or crackers before getting out of bed. Or, try eating a high-protein snack such as lean meat or cheese before going to bed (protein takes longer to digest).
      2.Eat small meals or snacks every 2-3 hours rather than three large meals. Eat slowly and chew your food completely.
      3.Sip on fluids throughout the day. Avoid large amounts of fluids at one time. Try cool, clear fruit juices, such as apple or grape juice.
      4.Avoid spicy, fried, or greasy foods.
      5.If you are bothered by strong smells, eat foods cold or at room temperature and avoid odors that bother you.
      6.Talk to your doctor about taking vitamin B6 or other treatments.

      Contact your doctor if your vomiting is constant or so severe that you can't keep fluids or foods down. This can cause dehydration and should be treated right away.

      Backaches are usually caused by the strain put on the back muscles, changing hormone levels, and changes in your posture.

      Recommendations:
      1.Wear low-heeled (but not flat) shoes.
      2.Avoid lifting heavy objects.
      3.Squat down with your knees bent when picking things up instead of bending down at the waist.
      4.Don't stand on your feet for long periods. If you need to stand for long periods, place one foot on a stool or box for support.
      5.Sit in a chair with good back support, or place a small pillow behind your lower back. Also place your feet on a footrest or stool.
      6.Check that your bed is firm. If needed, put a board between the mattress and box spring.
      7.Sleep on your left or right side with a pillow between your legs for support.
      8.Apply a hot water bottle, heating pad on low setting, take a warm bath or shower, or try massage.
      9.Perform exercises, as advised by your doctor, to make your back muscles stronger and help relieve the soreness.
      10.Maintain good posture. Standing up straight will ease the strain on your back.

      Contact your doctor if you have a low backache that goes around your stomach and does not go away within one hour after you change position or rest. This might be a sign of premature labor.

  14. QUESTION:
    Does anybody have any ideas about why I may be vomiting in my sleep? I am 38 weeks pregnant. ?
    I do have an appointment to see my Midwife but it happened again last night and I was too worried to go back to sleep afterwards in case I choked. I have been having lots of heart palpitations but I thought that this was just due to pregnancy as I had them early on in my first pregnancy. I have also been quite breathless but again put this down to pregnancy as the baby's head is not yet engaged. While I am awake I have quite a lot of acid in my throat particularly when I am in the car? I have been using heartburn remedies for this which seem to work for a short while.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there,
      Like everyone else, I'd say it's acid reflux as the baby is pressing on your stomach. I have suffered with this since being about 30 weeks pregnant and I'm now 36 weeks (also had it in my first pregnancy). Once the baby engages, which should be soon, you'll have some relief. Until then, try whatever heartburn stuff you can get. Personally, after trying Rennies, Rap-eze, Gaviscon (in 2 flavours of fluid form, and in tablet form), zantac, tesco's own indigestion relief tablets and a few others, I get on best now with a fluid called Peptac, which was actually prescribed to me, but I think you can buy over the counter (it's like Gaviscon but thicker), and Remegel, which are chewy rather than chalky and they're like minty chewits.
      I'd also advise keeping a food diary to figure what sets it off most - Anything with onions in makes me feel awful, not to mention greasy, spicy and sweet foods, acidic fruits and carbonated drinks. Try not to eat or drink anything in the 2 hours before bed, when you lie down, it tends to bring the acid up, so if you're stomach is empty, it helps.
      Best of luck, you're nearly there!

  15. QUESTION:
    Pregnant ladies: how far along are you, and how are you feeling?
    I'm 13 weeks with my second. I'm not as tired as I was in the early weeks, but every bit as nauseous. I've been on anti-emetic medication to control my vomiting, but I haven't been taking it as much lately... it doesn't seem to be working as well. I've actually lost weight because of my morning sickness (10lbs), and I'm not really showing yet - although my husband claims he can tell I'm pregnant. I've had terrible constipation this time, but not as much heartburn as I had with my first.

    How about everyone else?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm 36 weeks and feeling pretty good still. I'm definitely tired of being pregnant and am ready to meet my daughter. I feel like time is slowing down slightly, which could be a good or a bad thing. LOL We have everything for her now and it has seemed lately like we're both a little on edge...I know it's just anticipation and nerves, but I hope it doesn't get worse, but it likely will. =/ I am thankful that I will be working up until my due date, just so I can remain busy and "the waiting game" won't be unbearable, like I'm sure it would be if I were just sitting at home twiddling my thumbs...but at the same time, I am excited to get a break from my job. I haven't taken ANY time off since I found out I was pregnant (saving up all of my paid time because my leave is unpaid) and I am just plain SICK of my job right now.

      But reading about your constipation problems has made me happy that all that nonsense finally passed for me...I was so constipated in the first trimester and even into the second that I got hemmorhoids. No fun! Good luck, hope it clears up for you like it did me and sooner rather than later!

  16. QUESTION:
    What does morning sickness feel like???
    I've thrown up two days in a row, and have been burping a lot. (I never burp) And when I burp it feels like chunks are comming up (sorry TMI) like a thick heartburn. I'm kinda nausated.. it usually has been starting in the afternoon. Am I just sick or could this be morning sickness? I'm 9dpo... so I know it's kinda early..
    I don't have a fever.. My temp was 97.97 this morning. My boobs are kinda sore and I've been super moody! and today is the first day I haven't wanted to fall asleep at work. I never am this burpie and I never throw up..

    • ANSWER:
      My stomach has been bothering me lately, too, but I haven't been vomiting...similar burp situation.

      Everyone experiences morning sickness in a different way. I was sick 24/7 for 36 weeks out of 40 with my son. I would barely keep any food down. I was dizzy and my stomach was always unsettled. Other women just feel nauseated at different times of day.

      If you have a fever, you either have mild food poisoning or a virus. Drink plenty of fluids -- if you can keep them down. If you can't keep them down, try sipping some warm tea with lemon and then nibbling on some crackers (rice crackers, found in the Asian section of most grocery stores, work best for me.)

      It can be allergies as well. If you've been drinking a lot of milk or eating a lot of wheat, fish, corn, eggs, or berries, you might be reacting to them. They are some of the most common allergens and can cause tummy trouble.

      It is possible you could be pregnant, but it's too early to tell. Once your period is late, you can test using one of the early-detection tests. My favorite is Clearblue Easy, just because it is quick and easy to use. To test accurately, pee into a paper cup or Dixie cup and then set in on the counter. (I would have a couple paper towels ready for it.) Then dip the testing end in the urine for the amount of time you are supposed to keep it in the urine stream. Then lay it flat on the paper towels and wait. I used to buy the two-test box so I could test immediately after buying it and then the next morning just to confirm a negative result.

      I hope you feel better soon. If you do not have a fever and you find out you are not pregnant, see your doctor. If the symptoms become so bad that you are doubled-over in pain, vomiting uncontrollably, vomiting up blood or what looks like coffee grounds, or start running a high fever, go to your ER.

      Good luck!!

  17. QUESTION:
    Do fat people understand that Bariatric Surgery is not easy way out?
    The following is a list of possible side-effects and complications to consider before having weight-loss surgery. We will discuss these in more detail at your office consultation.

    1. Anastomotic leak (leak from a connection made to the bowel, usually requires re-operation and long hospital stay)

    2. Anastomotic stricture (narrowing or obstruction at an intestinal connection resulting in vomiting)

    3. Bowel obstruction/strangulation/internal hernia/ischemic bowel possibly needing removal (associated with pain and vomiting, usually requires re-operation)

    4. Injury to an abdominal or pelvic organ/structure (especially the liver, spleen, pancreas, bile duct, stomach, esophagus, colon, bowel, diaphragm, urinary bladder, nerve or blood vessel)

    5. Conversion to an open operation (due to bleeding, poor exposure, large liver, tension on intestines, etc.)

    6. Incisional hernia (more likely if procedure is done open)

    7. Infection or abscess (due to a leak, spillage of intestinal contents, underlying infection, etc)

    8. Bleeding and the potential need for blood transfusion. Blood transfusion carries the risk of infection with bacteria, parasites (malaria), and viruses (hepatitis, HIV/AIDS).

    9. Need for additional surgery or procedures to treat any complication that may occur

    10. Prolonged hospital stay or readmission may be needed to treat complications

    11. Deep Vein Thrombosis (blood clot in a vein)

    12. Pulmonary Embolus (blood clot going to lung, fatal 30% of the time)

    13. Atelectasis (lung collapse causing fevers, possibly pneumonia)

    14. Pneumonia, lung infection and fluid around the lungs (pleural effusion)

    15. Heart attack (myocardial infarction)

    16. Stroke

    17. Pancreatitis

    18. Rhabdomyalysis (breakdown of the muscle in the body)

    19. Pressure ulcer or decubitus (skin breakdown, may require skin grafting)

    20. Allergic reaction to anesthesia, medications or materials

    21. Nerve or ligament injury from positioning or lying on the operating table

    22. Kidney failure and/or the need for dialysis

    23. Need for ICU care

    24. Need for a ventilator (machine to help you breathe)

    25. Multi-system organ failure (liver, kidneys, lungs, etc.)

    26. Poor cosmetic results (ugly scar, keloid, unattractive incisions, contour defects)

    27. Chronic pain, discomfort, numbness, burning or tingling in the incisions or anywhere else (abdomen, back, extremities)

    28. Transient or chronic nausea/vomiting due to strictures, gastroparesis, food intolerance, etc.

    29. Dysphagia (difficulty or painful swallowing)

    30. Diarrhea, constipation, foul smelling gas and stools

    31. Heartburn (acid reflux) symptoms

    32. Ulcers or gastritis

    33. Intestinal perforation due to ulcer, foreign body, obstructed food, etc.

    34. Development of food intolerances/loss of taste

    35. Dumping syndrome (abdominal pain, heart palpitations, sweating, nausea, diarrhea)

    36. Hair loss or thinning

    37. Development of malnutrition or vitamin deficiency

    38. Anemia

    39. Metabolic bone disease (loosing calcium from the bone because of inadequate intake and supplementation) with possible osteoporosis, secondary hyperparathyroidism and bone fractures

    40. Failure to lose an adequate amount of weight

    41. Loss of too much weight

    42. Development of loose or redundant skin

    43. Sterility or inability to become pregnant

    44. Increased ability to become pregnant

    45. Birth defects or fetal injury if you become pregnant. This is less likely once weight has stabilized and laboratory tests are normal. Usually, about 2 years after surgery.

    46. Postoperative depression or other psychological reaction to surgery

    47. Need to revise or reverse the procedure at some point in the future because of nutritional deficiencies, excessive weight loss, pain or other reasons

    48. Extended disability, financial hardship as a result of complications related to weight loss surgery

    49. Parts of your stomach and/or intestines will be inaccessible by endoscopy.

    50. Death (1% nationwide) within 30 days

    • ANSWER:
      It's just amazing how thousands and thousands of people have actually survived this surgery and are now healthy and happy. How long would your list be if you listed all the things that morbid obesity causes in a person. It would be much longer and certainly more serious than those you listed. You get this surgery to save your life. It has done that for my husband who is doing just great with it. He hasn't had a single problem yet other than getting adjusted to eating the right amount to not feel so full. He has lost 80 pounds and feels great. He is so much more active and actually takes long walks all the time. His energy level has skyrocketed. He started planting a garden yesterday and doesn't need anyone to help him get down on the ground to do it which he hasn't done in many years. He doesn't get out of breath like before. His blood pressure has dropped enough to lower his medication for it. Obesity caused him to have both his knees replaced and it still bothered him. Now he no longer has any pain in his knees, and he walks with ease. Next week, we are going to start riding our bikes. I always have had to do it without him, but no more. He is going along with others family and friends. This surgery has done much more for him than anyone can imagine. I don't know why you want to keep running it down, but it is a real lifesaver to many people. Yes, there are risks. But the real question is whether or not the risks of staying obese are greater than the surgery. Most doctors will agree that obesity is the bigger risk for anyone morbidly obese. My husband loves his new life without all that weight. He knew all the risks before he had it done. It was well worth taking those risks for his good health now.

  18. QUESTION:
    What do you think my chances of pregnancy are?
    My period is due tomorrow and I know period and pregnancy symptoms are pretty much the same but I don't EVER have period signs until I have bled for a day (sorry TMI)

    - Sore boobs, when I take my bra off they feel so heavy. They just ache sometimes.
    - Heartburn
    - Cramps down low in my abo area, right down near my pelvic bone
    - Sore back for the last few days
    - Increased sense of smell like REALLY increased
    - Strange taste in my mouth
    - Feeling off, vomited once in a week but have felt the urge to everyday several times
    - Can't stand cheese on ANYTHING. I love cheesy stuff usually.
    - Hot flushes
    - Exhausted, I can sleep for 11hours a night and feel the need to have an afternoon nap.

    I have taken 2 pregnancy tests 1x 5 days before period 1x2days before period. I didn't test positive until 5 weeks with my son and that was via a blood test at the doctors.

    Thank you all for answering my question I know that you get alot of these everyday.

    • ANSWER:
      If I were you, I would wait a couple days after your period is due to test, and if it's still a negative and your period doesn't show up for a week, then go and get a blood test done. Your symptoms are defiantly there.. BUT it is easy for you to phych your brain into thinking that your pregnant. Just having the possiability of being pregnant can trick you into actually having physical symptoms. Also, just knowing that you could be pregnant can make you notice things a lot more such as a strange taste in your mouth or thinking "man, I sure have had to pee a lot today." Just little things. Of course though, they may be real symptoms and as far as knowing your chances, it really depends on the time of month that you had sex, your health, and your age. If it was between 2 days before ovulation through the day of ovulation, your chance of pregnancy is much higher, for most 20 year old women the chances can be anywhere from 20-36% each month. The chance for most women 5-3 days before ovulation is 10-18% of course just depending on the time and the woman. If your wanting to get pregnant, I wish you the best of luck. You may see a second line in a few days, how exciting =)

  19. QUESTION:
    Can someone please help me with this?
    I asked this question before with no replies,. and like I said in the last post I have had 3 kids so I feel kinda strange asking this, but I had hulka clips which are plastic clips placed over my tubes 2 years ago, and Ive heard and read on the high failure rate esp in younger women and women who had this done during a c section, well I am both, Im only 22 years old. Well I was due for a period on 1/17 and nothing came about until 1/24, and usally Im a 7 day heavy bleeder, I use a box and a half of 36 count super plus tampons (its that bad) plus a pad at the same time. I have heavy heavy periods, well this light period I got consisted of about 3 days on and off, no need for a tampon or pad just used em when I was going out in public to prevent accidents, and really the whole time it was brown blood with some red. Ive been having cramps for about 2 weeks, nothing harsh just enough to know they are there, bad heart burn, feeling a lil sick to my stomach but with no actual vomiting, my sinuses have been crazy, and my emotions have been high not to mention my nipples are sensitive and tingling. Has anyone else experienced this? I know I did in my last pregnancies but like I said I had the clip tubal....

    • ANSWER:
      Opinions aren't going to answer your questions but a pregnancy test will! and after three kids you know your body! and you know what you need to do! especially when there is a possibility that you are pregnant again! Tubal clips are not a 100% contraceptive, none really are, they are all pretty much designed to be used with another! e.g. mini pill and condoms! back up in case the condom breaks etc. But like i said no one can diagnose a pregnancy online, and if you have had the implantation bleed (which it sounds like you have) it's been longer enough to take a test! if it is negative i would still see a doctor as the hormonal change symptoms in your body are likely the result of something else. infection a problem with your uterus! anything! so either way ring the doctors.! but if it's opinions your after i would say it is probably a pregnancy especially if you say thats what happened with you previous three! (i get the wicked heartburn, sinus problems, and mega sore nipples too!)


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