39 Weeks Pregnant Severe Indigestion

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Pregnant with severe gastritis what can I do?
    I am 10 weeks pregnant and have had severe gastritis for about a year and half now. Normally it's not a huge deal, but with morning sickness and throwing up it's increased my stomach acids to an agonizing point.

    What are some things I can do aside from antacids (which don't usually work)? Also, I know to go to the doctor. It's not life threatening so I've got to wait and it still hurts til then!

    • ANSWER:
      The best thing that you can do is to avoid acidic foods and drinks. Yogurt, orange juice, spicy food. Try not to keep your stomach too full because that can irritate heartburn or indigestion that you can get during pregnancy. At the same time definitely don't go too long without eating either. I had a lot of mylanta and popsicles during my first trimester into my second to help with the nausea and heartburn. The cooling effect of the popsicles always provided some much needed relief right away and helped keep me hydrated. You can also try chewing on ice chips if you don't want to have popsicles.
      Also, if you have severe heartburn, try to sleep propped up on several pillows so that your somach juices don't come back up your esophagus and bother you.
      You can always call your ob or midwife and see if she can do anything for you.
      Feel better!

  2. QUESTION:
    How does the body change during pregnancy?
    What changes occur in the appearance of the woman? And where does the weight normally go to? Do some women only gain in their belly area? I would think that a woman who is in good shape and continues to eat right during pregnancy would only get a belly, and not much more fat. Is this correct? I'm worrying about the shape of my body being different after baby because somebody told me, you can lose the weight but never get your shape back because it's different after the baby. Is this always true?

    • ANSWER:
      Pregnancy is a natural state and one that is different for every woman every time. I have had three pregnancies and deliveries and they were all different. You never know exactly what you¡¦re going to get, but it does help to be prepared by knowing what changes your body will likely go through. Follow the changes your body goes through trimester by trimester. You can expect to feel all or some of them.

      The first trimester (Week 1 - Week 12)

      „h Cessation of menstrual period

      „h Morning sickness that occurs at any time, day or night, or all day and night. This includes nausea and/or vomiting

      „h Excessive saliva

      „h Swollen and tender breasts

      „h Darkening of the areola

      „h Frequent urination

      „h Fatigue

      „h Constipation

      „h Heartburn

      „h Mood swings -- feel angry, sad, or happy for no reason

      „h Stuffy nose and allergies¡Xeven if you have never suffered from them before

      „h Food cravings

      The second trimester (Week 13 - Week 26)

      „h Weight gain and thickening of the waist

      „h Fetal movement

      „h Dry skin on stomach where the skin is stretching

      „h Breasts increase in size¡Xtime for new bras

      „h Hemorrhoids

      „h Heartburn

      „h Indigestion

      „h Constipation

      „h Nosebleeds

      „h Slight swelling of the feet, hands, ankles and face

      „h Development of a dark line on the skin between your navel and your pubic area.

      „h Development of a "mask" or darker area on your face

      „h Backaches that can remain throughout pregnancy

      „h Nipple secretions

      „h Muscle cramps, particularly in the legs and at night

      „h Gas pains

      „h Changes in your hair: it can become less oily

      „h Skin problems

      The third trimester (Week 27 - 40)

      „h Increased fetal movement

      „h Protrusion of navel

      „h Increased backaches

      „h Shortness of breath

      „h Braxton Hicks contractions AKA false labor

      „h Groin pains

      „h Stretch marks

      „h Difficulty sleeping

      „h Varicose veins

      Your entire system is readjusted when you¡¦re pregnant. The heart pumps more blood and the lungs work more efficiently, as does the digestive system. With these and more changes occurring, it is no wonder that pregnancy can be uncomfortable. Minor aches and pains can be dealt with; however, you should never ignore pain or extreme fatigue, which can be warning signs of trouble. Always consult your health care provider if you experience any of these changes:

      „h pain or burning during urination

      „h vaginal spotting or bleeding

      „h leaking or gushing from vagina

      „h blister or sore in vaginal area

      „h uterine contractions

      „h severe nausea or vomiting

      „h severe abdominal pain

      „h chills and fever over 100 degrees

      „h dizziness or lightheadedness

      „h severe headache

      „h swelling of the face, eyes, fingers or toes

      „h sudden weight gain

      „h visual problems

      „h noticeably reduced fetal movement

      „h absence of fetal movement for 24 hours

      „h a hot, reddened painful area behind your knee or calf

      And just when you think you can¡¦t take it another day¡Xta da! ¡Xthe biggest changes of all: labor and delivery!

  3. QUESTION:
    What's a good home remedy for fibromylagia pain ?
    I experience pain early in the morning, im tiired of pills, any home remedy suggestions.

    • ANSWER:
      adenosylmethionine (SAMe) is compound that occurs naturally in the body. It is needed for proper immune function, it helps maintain cell membranes, it assists in the production and breakdown of neurotransmitters such as serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine, and it also plays a role in the formation of cartilage and our genetic material (DNA).

      A couple of preliminary studies suggest that SAMe may help with fibromyalgia. A small double-blind study evaluated the effect of S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe) or placebo in 17 people with fibromyalgia, 11 of whom had depression. The number of tender points decreased after SAMe but not placebo. Depression, as assessed by two rating scales, improved after SAMe but not placebo.

      In another double-blind study, 44 people with fibromyalgia took 800 mg of S-adenosylmethionine a day or placebo. After 6 weeks, there were statistically significant improvements in pain, fatigue, morning stiffness, mood, and clinical disease activity. Tender point score, muscle strength, and mood (evaluated by the Beck Depression Inventory) was not significantly better with SAMe than placebo.

      However, another double-blind study compared SAMe (600 mg a day) administered intravenously or placebo in 34 people with fibromyalgia. After 10 days, there was no significant difference in tender points.

      SAMe may cause indigestion, dry mouth, and insomnia. Rarely, people experience severe diarrhea, heartburn, headache, and dizziness.

      People with bipolar disorder should not take SAMe, as it may worsen manic episodes. People who are taking the drug levidopa (commonly prescribed for Parkinson's disease) should avoid SAMe. People taking antidepressants should not use SAMe without first consulting their doctor. The safety of SAMe in pregnant or nursing women or children has not been established.

      2) Magnesium

      Magnesium is a mineral found naturally in foods such as green leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds, and whole grains and in nutritional supplements.

      Magnesium is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions. Magnesium, along with malic acid (a fruit acid found naturally in apples) are often suggested for people with fibromyalgia because they are both needed for the generation of energy in cells in the form of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). However, one study of 97 people found no association between magnesium levels and fibromyalgia.

      A double-blind study examined the effectiveness and safety of magnesium (50 mg three times a day) and malic acid (200 mg three times a day) in 24 people with fibromyalgia. After 4 weeks, the magnesium/malic acid combination was not more effective than placebo.

      The participants later received 6 months of the combination in larger doses (up to 300 mg magnesium and 1200 mg malic acid per day) for 6 months. This time, the combination resulted in a significant improvement in pain and tenderness, however, this portion of the study was open label (both the researchers and participants know which treatment is being administered) and not blinded, so the results, while promising, cannot be used as evidence that the combination was effective. Further studies are needed.

      High doses of magnesium may cause diarrhea, nausea, loss of appetite, muscle weakness, difficulty breathing, low blood pressure, irregular heart rate, and confusion. It can interact with certain medications, such as those for osteoporosis, high blood pressure (calcium channel blockers), as well as some antibiotics, muscle relaxants, and diuretics.

      3) Vitamin D

      Fibromyalgia and generalized aches and pains not meeting the diagnostic criteria for fibromyalgia have been attributed by some researchers to vitamin D deficiency. For example, a large German study examined 994 people and found a strong correlation between low vitamin D levels and higher rates and longer duration of generalized bone and/or muscle aches and pains.

      A study published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings examined 150 people with persistent, non-specific musculoskeletal pain in Minnesota. The researchers found that 93% of them had deficient levels of vitamin D.

      In another study, vitamin D levels were assessed in 75 people who fulfilled the American College of Rheumatology criteria for fibromyalgia. Although there was no relationship between vitamin D levels and musculoskeletal symptoms, vitamin D deficiency was linked to anxiety and depression in people with fibromyalgia.

      4) 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP)

      The supplement 5-HTP is thought to work by increasing levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin in the brain. There is preliminary evidence that it may reduce the number of tender points in people with fibromyalgia, possibly by effecting pain-modulating systems in the brainstem.

      A double-blind, placebo controlled study looked at 5-HTP or placebo in 50 people with fibromyalgia. After four weeks, people taking 5-HTP had a significant improvement in pain, the number of tender points, stiffness, anxiety, fa

  4. QUESTION:
    I am 37 weeks and 1 day pregnant and I have been having severe heartburn/indigestion. Why?
    This is my 3rd pregnancy and I never got heartburn with my other 2. Also when I say severe, I mean it feels like I am going to have a heart attack. Seriously It gets to the point where I cant stand up or do anything. Help me out. It seems to come and go when it wants to. It doesn't make a difference what I eat.

    • ANSWER:
      I have found some good tips in following link, It may be good for you too
      http://www.besttipszone.com/Third-Quarter-of-Pregnancy.php

  5. QUESTION:
    unbearable pain in lower belly and feeling sick what is it?
    I have a sharp pain from just under my heart to my lower belly, i have had a backache the last few days but this has disappeared and i keep feeling sick although i have not been sick.

    I am on the pill so pregnancy isn't really the obvious thing as I came on my last period and my next one is not due for another 2 weeks.

    Any ideas what this could be? doctors is not the best idea as i will try to avoid the payment if something can be brought from the chemist insted.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello Bored, I believe your pain is due to severe indigestion. Here are some symptoms that occur. I hope this helps you.

      INDIGESTION:

      Most people with indigestion have one or more of the following symptoms:

      Early fullness during a meal. You haven't eaten much of your meal, but you already feel full and may not be able to finish eating.

      Uncomfortable fullness after a meal. Fullness lasts longer than it should.

      Pain in the upper abdomen. You feel a mild to severe pain in the area between the bottom of your breastbone (sternum) and your navel.

      Burning in the upper abdomen. You feel an uncomfortable heat or burning sensation between the bottom of the breastbone and navel

      REMEDIES YOU CAN TRY:

      Drink It
      Make your own Alka-Seltzer-like heartburn and indigestion remedy by mixing baking soda and water in equal parts. You can also try cumin seeds in water, coriander juice with a pinch of salt, ginger tea, peppermint tea and cinnamon in water. These things can be taken both proactively to prevent symptoms and for relief when they occur.

      Fruit
      Eat a piece of fruit after a meal or when you experience the symptoms of heartburn or indigestion. Papaya works well because it has an enzyme called papain that helps aid digestion. Bananas help because they coat the stomach, and grapes help because they are high in fiber and low in acidity.

      Save a little room when you are eating and have a few almonds. Raw almonds help ease heartburn because they are high in oils and the oils neutralize stomach acid. You can eat them preemptively to prevent heartburn or at the first sign of heartburn.

      Licorice
      Take a licorice root tablet to relieve indigestion or heartburn. Licorice contains glycyrrhizin, which reduces inflammation and protects the stomach. However, licorice should never be used long-term or by women who are pregnant or nursing.

      Read more: Home Remedies for Indigestion & Heartburn | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/way_5294645_home-remedies-indigestion-heartburn.html#ixzz1saHRuJtU
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/indigestion/DS01141/DSECTION=symptoms

  6. QUESTION:
    what pregnancy symptoms should i be aware of?
    im 6 weeks gone so far all i have is crampings and tender breast .. but so far *fingers crossed* no morning sickness.

    what other symptom should i expect in early and late pregnancy just so i can prepare myself for whats to come.

    • ANSWER:
      There are lots of symptoms that women experience in pregnancy but every woman (and every pregnancy) is different. Some women can go through their entire pregnancy feeling absolutely normal (other than a growing belly!) whereas other women suffer with severe nausea and back pain. So just because you're not experience a particular symptom, or you ar experience a symptom that someone else isn't, doesn't mean anything is wrong. I'll go through some of the main symptoms though!

      In the first trimester (weeks 1 - 12 approximately) one of the most common symptoms is morning sickness. This can start any time during the first trimester. For me, it started around week 8/9 and lasted until week 16. Morning sickness varies from woman to woman but I did not vomit, I just suffered with extreme nausea and retching that was worse in the morning but lasted all day (and night!). Tiredness is also very common in the first trimester as your body gets used to being pregnant. You may experience symptoms similar to those you had before your period was due such as cramping or sore breasts. Some women find their appetite increases, others lose their appetite totally due to morning sickness. Some women find they need to urinate more frequently. Your belly may appear bloated but in the early stages, this is due to gas and fluid retention rather than the growing baby. You may feel emotional due to the hormonal changes.

      In the second trimester (approximately weeks 12 - 28) a lot of women start to feel a bit more like their old selves. this is known as the honey mood period of pregnancy and the stage where a lot of women start to "bloom". Energy levels return to normal and for most women, morning sickness ends. I felt much better in my second trimester. I moved home, decorated, went camping, moved offices at work which I would have really struggled with in the first part of my pregnancy! Its also nice because you should start to feel the first movements of your baby somewhere between weeks 18 - 22. It only feels like a tiny butterfly in your belly at first but towards the end of your second trimester, you'll start to feel proper kicks and punches all the time!! You will also start to notice your bump growing quickly. Now is the time to buy some maternity clothes! Other people will start to notice you look pregnant too although if this is your first baby, it may not be very noticeable until later on. You may start to suffer with indigestion or heart burn and you may find your bladder feels full a lot as your baby starts to grow and put pressure on it. Like me, you may also experience back pain or sciatica caused by the baby resting on your sciatic nerve. You will find your bra size will go up. Your emotional state may have levelled out a bit by now but you may find the hormones make your sex drive increase at this stage too.

      Third Trimester (approximately weeks 28 - 40) This is a time for real growth. Expect to put on at least a stone (14lbs) in weight during this time. Your bump should be growing around a cm a week now. Tiredness is very common during this late stage of pregnancy and any symptoms such as back pain will get worse due to the growing baby and increased pressure on your body. It can also become difficult to sleep as you get bigger. You will find that tasks you used to do with ease like cleaning the house or gardening are much harder than before and tire you out quicker. Your indigestion and acid reflux may start to get worse and you may also start to get short of breath sometimes as the baby grows and puts pressure on your lungs.

      These are all really general symptoms though. Like I said, every woman and ever pregnancy is different. Congratulations though and good luck!!

  7. QUESTION:
    Can gaviscon/ rennie labetalol and methladopa be taken together ?
    i have severe heartburn at the moment couldn't sleep at all last night. Just wondered if i can take Gaviscon or Rennie tablets (indigestion relief) while taking Methladopa, Labetalol, Asprin and iron tablets ? I am 22 weeks pregnant also .

    • ANSWER:
      It's probably best to check with you doctor, however I looked at the list of medications that cause heartburn here: http://www.heartburn-treatments.org/medications-that-cause-heartburn/

      and did not see any of them. Hopefully this helps some. Good luck!

  8. QUESTION:
    What does it feel like to be pregnant?

    And what does it feel like to give birth?
    I don't ever want any children of my own, but am just curious as to what it is like as I will never experience it myself.

    • ANSWER:
      That depends on the individual. :) You will always get a different story. I'll give you mine, though, since you asked.

      I was really sick in the beginning of my pregnancy. I had severe morning sickness for six months, and when that finally went away, I suffered with heartburn and indigestion till the very end. I found out six weeks after my daughter was born that my gallbladder was bad, however, and a lot of my sickness could have been attributed to that. In the beginning, I felt more "sick" than "pregnant," but when I started to feel the baby move it was much more bearable. As time went on, my belly got larger and those little flutters turned into full-on kicks and punches. I would sit on the couch at night and watch my baby tap dance in there. It was hiarious, exciting, and magical, and totally made up for all the grief I endured. I loved every minute thereafter, all the way till the end. I wouldn't have minded staying pregnant for an extra week, just to have my daughter inside me. There was nothing better in the world than meeting her for the first time, but all those weeks we spent where it was just her and I were pretty special, too. Besides my sickness in the beginning, and, possibly, the extreme swelling I had in the end, there wasn't really anything else that bothered me about being pregnant. Yeah, there were times I was uncomfortable or felt awkward, but all in all it was wonderful.

      Good luck!

      ETA: As far as giving birth goes, that also depends on the individual. Labor pains hurt, I can tell you that, but I had a c-section due to reasons that were beyond my control. It was totally not as bad as I thought it was going to be, although the first week was pretty rough. Again, it was all worth it. :)

  9. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have any remedies?
    I am 9 weeks pregnant. I have severe gas and indigestion. I have tried every OTC I can think of that is safe during pregnancy and am still having problems. I belch all day and have severe gas pains at night to the point that I feel like I am going to vomit or pass out. Does anyone have any remedies for this that maybe I haven't thought of?

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  10. QUESTION:
    What can I take for indigestion?
    I have indigestion after I eat everyday all day. I am 11 weeks pregnant and I am so over this feeling. I didnt have this problem with my first and im miserable. I have heard zantac but I just wanna know what you took or what you have heard is safe? thanks!

    I also get this no matter what I eat or drink, so changing my diet is not the solution.

    • ANSWER:
      I have a list of medications safe for pregnancy, for indigestion it says maalox, mylanta, riopan and tums. Also tagamet or pepcid for severe heart burn. It doesn't say anything about zantac. This is a packet my dr gave me at my first visit.

  11. QUESTION:
    How early can women feel indigestion/other gastrointestinal upset when pregnant?
    We are anxiously trying to conceive! I can not take a pregnancy test with an accurate reading until about two weeks from now. I just wanted to know....is indigestion a feasible early sign of pregnancy? (As in, about a week after conception?) I do get indigestion from time to time, but this indigestion is far worse, and occurs after almost everything that I eat!

    • ANSWER:
      Well, I just found out I'm pregnant, and I had similar symptoms pretty early on.

      After about a week after conception, my breasts started getting sore, and it was too early to be a PMS symptom, and many foods that I usually like made me sick instead. Some of the foods I like were not tasting good to me at all.

      I also had some pretty severe stomach pains. There are SO many symptoms associated with pregnancy that it's hard to know, especially when the symptoms can be from somethign else.

      I was going crazy waiting to take a pregnancy test, so I totally understand. Just pay attention to your body. If you are pregnant, you might start noticing some more symptoms over the next few weeks.

      I hope you are pregnant! Good luck!

  12. QUESTION:
    8wk pregnant bad stomach pains no appetite?
    I am 8 weeks pregnant and the past two days had a severe migraine. I woke up today and luckily it was gone but now I have upper stomach pains kind of like indigestion but not. I've lost my massive appetite and the pain feels like I am being jabbed really hard. I also have pain in the center of my spine.not sure what to so just looking for advice. Thank you

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  13. QUESTION:
    acid reflux towards the end of pregnancy?
    Im 39 weeks pregnant today and for the past month off and on Ive been experiencing acid reflux. I can handle it for the most part. However, does this mean that my baby is more prone to end up with acid reflux as well?

    Thank you..

    • ANSWER:
      Heartburn is the common name for the discomfort that occurs when stomach acid backs up into the esophagus. Other terms for it are acid indigestion and acid reflux. The symptoms usually include a burning sensation that starts at the base of the sternum (breast bone) and may push all the way up to the back of the throat. Heartburn is not usually a serious condition and poses no threat to the baby or the mother. It can, however, be very uncomfortable. Many women experience heartburn for the first time when they are pregnant. The bad news is that once it occurs, it is likely to keep coming back from time to time during the rest of the pregnancy.

      Certain hormones produced during pregnancy, especially progesterone, work as muscle relaxers on the smooth muscles inside the mother’s body. This means that the valve between the stomach and the esophagus is often relaxed enough to open and allow acid to work its way upward. The muscles that move food downward through the esophagus and work the stomach are also not as tight as normal, so digestion is not as efficient as it could be.

      In addition, the baby is growing. This places pressure on the internal organs and can squeeze acid out of the stomach to make its way up the esophagus. Heartburn is usually more common toward the end of the second trimester and throughout the third.

      With these factors creating the problem, it may be impossible to go through the pregnancy without heartburn recurring. There are some steps that can be taken that have been proven to help reduce the symptoms.

      •Avoid eating and drinking things that are known to irritate stomach acid. Spicy foods, carbonated beverages, caffeine, and acidic fruits can make the symptoms worse.
      •Eat five to six small meals each day instead of three large ones.
      •Drink fluids before and after meals, but avoid doing so when eating to minimize the contents of the stomach
      •Try chewing a piece of gum after meals. This has been shown to stimulate the production of saliva, which aids in digestion, neutralizes acid, and helps to clean teeth.
      •Eat your last meal of the day at least two hours before lying down for the night.
      •Use extra pillows to elevate the entire upper half of the body to make it more difficult for acid to come up.
      •Control how much weight you gain and how fast you gain it.
      •Avoid clothing and body positions that put pressure on the abdomen.
      •Quit smoking if you haven’t done so.
      •Use over the counter antacids that contain calcium. Be sure to choose one approved by your doctor because some contain ingredients that can harm the baby, including aspirin.
      •Severe cases can be treated using prescription acid reducers. Talk to your doctor about these if the discomfort is very bad.

  14. QUESTION:
    very close to anaemia, please help me?
    Vegetarian for 3 years now.. I have an iron deficiency (even did when I ate meat) but I have been okay up until recently...about 6 months ago, even though I eat well, I started to feel weak, tired, dark circles under eyes etc. Now i have got some bruises on my arms and I cannot remember where I got them. My aunt said you get bruises in the last stage before anaemia and that I must go to my doctor for an iron injection next week.
    Just wondering, is there a way to make this not happen again? Foods I can eat to help with my iron? I am scared that this might lead to me becoming sterile or worse but i stand by my values and will NOT eat meat ever again. Even if my diet has to consist or lentils and chickpeas solely.

    • ANSWER:
      Eat plenty of green leafy veggies.
      It is lack of Iron and there are other things other than meat you can eat
      Anaemia is a condition where the amount of haemoglobin in the blood is below the normal level, or there are fewer red blood cells than normal.

      There are several different types of anaemia and each one has a different cause, although iron deficiency anaemia is the most common type.

      Other forms of anaemia can be caused by a lack of vitamin B12 or folate in the body. Read more about vitamin B12 and folate deficiency anaemia.

      Symptoms of iron deficiency anaemia
      The main symptoms of iron deficiency anaemia are tiredness and lethargy (lack of energy). Other symptoms include:

      •shortness of breath (dyspnoea)
      •changes in your appearance, such as a pale complexion and dry nails
      Speak to your GP if you notice any of these symptoms. They will be able to diagnose iron deficiency anaemia with a simple blood test.

      However, in most cases there won't be any symptoms at all, particularly if the cause is a slow loss of blood.

      What causes iron deficiency anaemia?
      Iron deficiency anaemia occurs when there isn't enough iron in the body. Iron is found in meat, dried fruit and some vegetables. Iron is used by the body to make haemoglobin, which helps store and carry oxygen in red blood cells.

      This means if there is a lack of iron in the blood, organs and tissues will not get as much oxygen as they usually do.

      There are many conditions that can lead to a lack of iron. In men, and post-menopausal women the most common cause is bleeding in the stomach and intestines. This can be caused by:

      •non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
      •a peptic ulcer
      •stomach cancer or bowel cancer
      In women of reproductive age, the most common causes of iron deficiency anaemia are:

      •heavy periods
      •pregnancy - because your body needs extra iron for your baby
      Read more about the causes of iron deficiency anaemia.

      Treating iron deficiency anaemia
      Treatment for iron deficiency anaemia involves taking iron supplements to boost the low levels of iron in the body. This is usually effective and the condition rarely causes complications.

      You will need to be monitored every few months to check the treatment is working and your iron levels have returned to normal.

      The underlying cause will also need to be treated so anaemia does not come back.

      Read more about how iron deficiency is treated.

      Iron-rich foods
      Foods that contain iron include:

      •dark-green leafy vegetables, such as watercress and curly kale
      •beans
      •nuts
      •meat
      •dried fruit
      Some foods and medicines can make it harder for your body to absorb iron. These may include:

      •tea and coffee
      •calcium, found in dairy products such as milk
      •antacids (medication to help relieve indigestion)
      Complications
      If iron deficiency anaemia is left untreated it can make you more susceptible to illness and infection, as a lack of iron in the body affects your immune system (the body’s natural defence system).

      Severe iron deficiency anaemia may increase the risk of developing complications that affect the heart or lungs such as:

      •tachycardia (an abnormally fast heartbeat)
      •heart failure, when your heart is not pumping blood around your body very efficiently
      Pregnant women also have a higher risk of complications before and after birth.

      Read more about the complications of iron deficiency anaemia.

      Dune

  15. QUESTION:
    22 weeks pregnant with severe flu-like symptoms?
    I'm trying to figure out whether to call my doctor or not. I have body aches pretty much from head to toe, noo exaggeration. My lymph nodes are swollen really badly in my neck, which obviously means I have some type of infection that my body's trying to fight off. Should I just take some Sudafed or do I need to call my doctor?

    • ANSWER:
      Congrats on your pregnancy first off. I'm now 37 weeks along and came across your question and looked for my paper I was given by my OB/GYN in regards to what medications one can take during pregnancy.....

      YOU CAN TAKE:

      * Tylenol if you have a headache, fever, or cold
      *Tums, Mylanta, or Maalox if you have acid reflux or indigestion
      *Sudafed if you have congestion or allergies
      *You may gargle warm water with salt and lemon when you have a sore throat.
      *Metamucil for constipation if eating plenty of fruits and veggies dont help.

      YOU CANNOT:

      *Drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes or use drugs.
      *You may NOT take any pain medication other than Tylenol.
      *Take Alka-Seltzer, Pepto Bismol, or Exlax
      *Drink Caffeinated beverages all day long (once in awhile is okay)

      IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO:

      *Drink at least 2 liters of water per day.
      *Eat Fresh Fruits and veggies
      *Take your prenatal vitamin with juice or water, but not with milk.

      NOTE: If having to buy sudafed, make sure you have an ID with you as some of them are you will need to pick up behind the pharmacy counter as they can be used to make Meth.

      If you have a problem and you do NOT know what to do then call your doctor.

  16. QUESTION:
    27 weeks pregnant, abdominal, diarreah and sickness?
    It started around 'midnight last night where I woke with severe abdominal pains High up, thinking its indigestion, have been sick 4 times in total but constantly have diarreah! Was finding it difficult to breathe with the pains last night, although the Pains have stopped I still have diarreah and really bad hemoriods ( sorry for too much info)

    Should I contact the hospital?

    • ANSWER:
      Go to the emergency

  17. QUESTION:
    I'm 15 weeks pregnant & having severe indigestion and gas, is this normal?? what can help?

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  18. QUESTION:
    46 year old woman,lower back pain with pressure?
    It is not possible for me to be pregnant,and for the last couple of weeks I've had lower back pain around the area of my kidneys with pressure aimed towards the abdomen.It seems to be worse in the morning and resembles the pressure and pain one would get from severe constipation.I've also had an unsual amount of indigestion,and a"full feeling".I've never been prone to back pain of any kind,and everything else seems normal,even my period.This all started at the same time my period did,but didn't go away when my period did.I am not constipated and although I've been urinating in small amounts only,there's no blood or discoloration.This pain and pressure is very uncomfortable.Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      It could be a UTI urinary tract infectionm if left untreated the infection can go to your kidneys please go to ER asap good luck God bless you

  19. QUESTION:
    8 wks pregnant: Stomach burning sensation?
    Hello,
    I'm 8 weeks pregnant and have developed a severe stomach burning sensation. Can anyone advise on this please.
    I read that this sensation is only developed during the last 3 months of pregnancy.
    Please could anyone hlp with any special diet or other suggestions on why I'm having this ? (Is this normal during the first trimester ?!)
    ~thanks

    • ANSWER:
      heartburn does tend to hit near the end of pregnancy, but im sure it does happen that early. Remember your body is already going through drastic changes so i wouldnt be surprised if it is normal. See your doctor about what remedies you can use as im not sure which indigestion stuff you are and arent allowed to use. peptac is safe, but im not sure if they have it where you are. (assuming your not in the uk) cut down on spicy food and try not to eat anything for a few hours before you go to bed. ( i dont know about you, but mine hits the minute i lie down at night lol)
      also a glass of cold water or milk can help things and ive been told that sucking mints can help, but ive never tried it.
      good luck and congrats

  20. QUESTION:
    I think I might be pregnant?
    I am going to take a pregnancy test in a couple of days. I don't think I will be able to go through having an abortion because I think it's a horrible thing to do--but how can I have the baby because I am still a senior in high school and have a bright future--I'm going to Georgetown University in the fall. I am petite so maybe I could have the baby and my stomach wont get SO big that it will be super noticeable? Any thoughts?

    • ANSWER:
      hey, thats what choice is about.you are obviously smart, and dont let anyone (including me or anyone else on here) tell you what to do.if you want to have a baby, do so.if you dont, then thats an option as well.
      dont let your emotions overtake you.this is a situation that needs serious thought, and you are just the person to do it.
      good luck

      3-4. PRESUMPTIVE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF PREGNANCY

      Presumptive signs and symptoms of pregnancy are those signs and symptoms that are usually noted by the patient, which impel her to make an appointment with a physician. These signs and symptoms are not proof of pregnancy but they will make the physician and woman suspicious of pregnancy.

      a. Amenorrhea (Cessation of Menstruation).

      (1) Amenorrhea is one of the earliest clues of pregnancy. The majority of patients have no periodic bleeding after the onset of pregnancy. However, at least 20 percent of women have some slight, painless spotting during early gestation for no apparent reason and a large majority of these continue to term and have normal infants.

      (2) Other causes for amenorrhea must be ruled out, such as:

      (a) Menopause.

      (b) Stress (severe emotional shock, tension, fear, or a strong desire for a pregnancy).

      (c) Chronic illness (tuberculosis, endocrine disorders, or central nervous system abnormality).

      (d) Anemia.

      (e) Excessive exercise.

      b. Nausea and Vomiting (Morning Sickness).

      (1) Usually occurs in early morning during the first weeks of pregnancy.

      (2) Usually spontaneous and subsides in 6 to 8 weeks or by the twelfth to sixteenth week of pregnancy.

      (3) Hyperemesis gravidarum. This is referred to as nausea and vomiting that is severe and lasts beyond the fourth month of pregnancy. It causes weight loss and upsets fluid and electrolyte balance of the patient.

      (4) Nausea and vomiting are unreliable signs of pregnancy since they may result from other conditions such as:

      (a) Gastrointestinal disorders (hiatal hernias, ulcers, and appendicitis).

      (b) Infection (influenza and encephalitis).

      (c) Emotional stress, upset (anxiety and anorexia nervosa).

      (d) Indigestion.

      c. Frequent Urination.

      (1) Frequent urination is caused by pressure of the expanding uterus on the bladder.

      (2) It subsides as pregnancy progresses and the uterus rises out of the pelvic cavity.

      (3) The uterus returns during the last weeks of pregnancy as the head of the fetus presses against the bladder.

      (4) Frequent urination is not a definite sign since other factors can be apparent (such as tension, diabetes, urinary tract infection, or tumors).

      Watch a video showing breast changes during pregnancy

      d. Breast Changes.

      (1) In early pregnancy, changes start with a slight, temporary enlargement of the breasts, causing a sensation of weight, fullness, and mild tingling.

      (2) As pregnancy continues the patient may notice:

      (a) Darkening of the areola--the brown part around the nipple.

      (b) Enlargement of Montgomery glands--the tiny nodules or sebaceous glands within the areola.

      (c) Increased firmness or tenderness of the breasts.

      (d) More prominent and visible veins due to the increased blood supply.

      (e) Presence of colostrum (thin yellowish fluid that is the precursor of breast milk). This can be expressed during the second trimester and may even leak outin the latter part of the pregnancy.

      (3) These breast changes can be more positive if the patient has not recently delivered and is not presently breastfeeding.

      Chadwick's Sign with Leukorrhea in early pregnancy

      OBGYN-101 CD
      This CD serves as an introductory textbook for medical students, nursing students, and other medical personnel in basic health care for women. A collection of text, photographs and video clips, the CD includes instruction on performing gynecology and obstetrical exams, delivery of a baby, and diagnosis and treatment of common gynecologic illnesses.
      www.brooksidepress.org

      e. Vaginal Changes.

      (1) Chadwick's sign. The vaginal walls have taken on a deeper color caused by the increased vascularity because of increased hormones. It is noted at the sixth week when associated with pregnancy. It may also be noted with a rapidly growing uterine tumor or any cause of pelvic congestion.

      (2) Leukorrhea. This is an increase in the white or slightly gray mucoid discharge that has a faint musty odor. It is due to hyperplasia of vaginal epithelial cells of the cervix because of increased hormone level from the pregnancy. Leukorrhea is also present in vaginal infections.

      f. Quickening (Feeling of Life).

      (1) This is the first perception of fetal movement within the uterus. It usually occurs toward the end of the fifth month because of spasmodic flutter.

      (a) A multigravida can feel quickening as early as 16 weeks.

      (b) A primigravida usually cannot feel quickening until after 18 weeks.

      (2) Once quickening has been established, the patient should be

  21. QUESTION:
    Could I be pregnant - this is an emergency?
    It is an emergency because I'm disabled - in a wheelchair because I have muscular dystrophy. About 10-ish days ago my BF and I were getting intimate and he put his penis at the opening of my vagina. He didn't ejaculate near me or penetrate me but the head of the penis was at my vaginal opening. I was due to start my period yesterday but instead, for the past 3 days I've been having severe nausea that comes in waves, rumbling stomach sensations, frequent BMs (not normal for me), indigestion, chills, hot flushing, night sweats, and I have no appetite at all. I'm never this afflicted by my period! Not to mention I'm extremely anxious and worried. My breasts are very swollen and I had period-like cramping for about a week prior to these symptoms, but theyve disappeared. Please help ease my mind... Could I be pregnant? Having MD makes it *impossible* to carry a child.

    • ANSWER:
      I would see a doctor, and please don't say MD makes carrying a child impossible as it doesn't for every type. I hope everything is ok, just get a test at the doctor's.

  22. QUESTION:
    Gallbladder infection during pregnancy?
    I am 35 weeks pregnant and have been suffering with gallbladder symptoms( severe heartburn, burning in the ribs, and loss of appetite) doc told me to take zantac.. I have for 2 weeks , and my symptoms are worse.. the last two nights I have had heartburn and indigestion so bad I was dry heving.. today I started experince high abdominal pressure.. not in a specific area,, nausea, dizziness, and lightheadedness.. I just want to know if anyone else has had gallbladder problems ... pregnant or not! I dont want to call the doc and sound stupid... and it doesnt make me feel any better that my husband thinks it is in my head.. any advice?

    • ANSWER:
      The symptoms you are describing are common for women as far along in thier pregnancy as you are. If you think about it you must know that there is alot of pressure on your abdominal organs and the baby is taking up alot of space. So you will experience symptoms of 'reflux'. Did your healthcare provider call it gallbladder symptoms? It sounds more like 'reflux'. Eat very frequent small meals and don't lay down after eating. Avoid spicy things. The last month of pregnancy is uncomfortable for all pregnant women. But alot of us survived just fine. Take your zantac...eat small ect. It will be over soon enough.

  23. QUESTION:
    eggy burps what do they mean while your pregnant?
    i am 28 weeks pregnant and i get these frequently what do they mean iv looked it up and it siad like vomiting and stuff but i dont even really feel sick with them just on and off and its not that bad but what could this mean is it bad for my babies please hurry and help me

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      I wonder if it could possibly be your gall bladder. I had trouble with mine during my second pregnancy. I had pain under my breastbone and severe heartburn indigestion. I could just be that you are having indigestion. There are medications that you can take during pregnancy that will help with those symptoms. I would just mention it to you doctor the next time you go. This only causes you to be uncomfortable but shouldn't have any affect on your babies.

  24. QUESTION:
    Severe cramps at 19 weeks?
    I'm 19 weeks pregnant and for the past few days I've had very bad back pain and constant cramps. Tonight they have been so bad that it hurts to move almost. This is my second pregnancy and I don't ever remember feeling like this with my first. I'm not sure if they're normal pains or not. Any advice or experience would be helpful!

    • ANSWER:
      I'd advise ringing your doctor, sorry, but I think it's always wise to err on the side of caution. There are simple things the pain could be like gas or indigestion but it doesn't seem like there's any point in worrying about your baby's welfare sitting at home when you could have peace of mind if you go to hospital.

  25. QUESTION:
    Baby developing slowly!!!?
    Hi, I am 29 and currently 24 weeks pregnant with my first. Up till 20 weeks, my baby was growing normally. However, I was diagnosed with having a low lying placenta.

    At my 24 week scan, the doctor told me that my baby is suddenly lagging behind by 10 days. She weighs 500g.

    The doctor seemed concerned about the baby's growth and has asked me to focus on my nutrition and diet more. She will assess the growth after a month and then evaluate the reasons if the lag has increased.

    For the past month, I have been having severe indigestion and an upset tummy. Milk, eggs, fruits and veggies give me unbearable stomach ache and hence I was eating mainly chocolates and cakes for energy since the last month.

    I am wondering- could my diet have affected the baby's growth so much? Did any one else experience this? I am now forcing myself to eat healthy and drink milk despite the unbearable tummy pains.

    • ANSWER:
      This is such a sensitive topic. You uterus is the main culprit but eating only cake and chocolates will have a detrimental effect on your baby's development. On the other hand, if you get diahrrhea after drinking milk then you may be allergic, so, ask your doctor to recommend a balanced diet you can get your nutrients from different sources. Consuming cake and chocolates is fine but the mistake you are making is to base your diet around them. You need a good a source of protein (beans, meat, chicken!!!) since protein is what builds our body's (and your baby's) structure. Don't forget your multivitamin. Good Luck!

  26. QUESTION:
    Well I randomly get these pains in my stomach?
    I have been feeling really sick stuffed nose puking diarrhea And randomly this terrible intense stomach pain hits and it goes on and off again then it stops for hours then comes back again and worse

    • ANSWER:
      Abdominal pain is pain that you feel anywhere between your chest and groin. This is often referred to as the stomach region or belly.
      Almost everyone has pain in the abdomen at one time or another. Most of the time, it is not caused by a serious medical problem.

      How bad your pain is does not always reflect the seriousness of the condition causing the pain.

      For example, you might feel severe abdominal pain if you have gas or stomach cramps due to a viral gastroenteritis.

      Sometimes, life-threatening conditions such as colon cancer or early appendicitis may only cause mild pain or no pain.

      Many different conditions can cause abdominal pain. The key is to know when you need to get immediate medical care. Some times you may only need to call a doctor if your symptoms continue.

      Seek immediate medical help or call your local emergency number (such as 911) if you:

      Are currently being treated for cancer
      Are unable to pass stool, especially if you are also vomiting
      Are vomiting blood or have blood in your stool (especially if maroon or dark, tarry black)
      Have chest, neck, or shoulder pain
      Have sudden, sharp abdominal pain
      Have pain in, or between, your shoulder blades with nausea
      Have tenderness in your belly, or your belly is rigid and hard to the touch
      Are pregnant or could be pregnant
      Had a recent injury to your abdomen
      Have difficulty breathing
      Call your doctor if you have:

      Abdominal discomfort that lasts 1 week or longer
      Abdominal pain that does not improve in 24 - 48 hours, or becomes more severe and frequent and occurs with nausea and vomiting
      Bloating that persists for more than 2 days
      Burning sensation when you urinate or frequent urination
      Diarrhea for more than 5 days
      Fever (over 100°F for adults or 100.4°F for children) with your pain
      Prolonged poor appetite
      Prolonged vaginal bleeding
      Unexplained weight loss

      Less serious causes of abdominal pain include:

      Constipation
      Irritable bowel syndrome
      Food allergies or intolerance (such as lactose intolerance)
      Food poisoning
      Stomach flu
      Other possible causes include:

      Appendicitis
      Abdominal aortic aneurysm
      Bowel blockage or obstruction
      Cancer of the stomach, colon, and other organs
      Cholecystitis (inflammation of the gallbladder) with or without gallstones
      Decreased blood supply to the intestines (ischemic bowel)
      Diverticulitis
      Heartburn, indigestion, or gastroesophageal reflux (GERD)
      Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis)
      Kidney stones
      Pancreatitis (swelling or infection of the pancreas)
      Ulcers
      Sometimes, abdominal pain may be due from a problem somewhere else in your body, such as your chest or pelvic area.

      Tests that may be done include:

      Barium enema
      Blood, urine, and stool tests
      CT scan
      Colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy
      EKG (electrocardiogram) or heart tracing
      Ultrasound of the abdomen
      Upper GI and small bowel series
      X-rays of the abdomen

      The following steps may help prevent some types of abdominal pain:

      Avoid fatty or greasy foods.
      Drink plenty of water each day.
      Eat small meals more frequently.
      Exercise regularly.
      Limit foods that produce gas.
      Make sure that your meals are well-balanced and high in fiber. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.

      This information should be reviewed and read properly; not simply skimmed over. I have had these pains and cleansing a body is not so simply done over night. Sometimes you have to change your whole lifestyle after figuring out the causes of your pains. First you absolutely must get it checked before anything else.

      The best of luck on curing those pains,

      Suzan.

  27. QUESTION:
    ive been getting really bad stomach pains recently and don't know what the cause is!!!help!!!!?
    it's like really bad cramp that stays there constant and i get sharp shooting pains but the pains only seem to get worse at night.im really uncomfortable with it!i don't think i am pregnant because i am on the implanon but have'nt had a period for 3 weeks.but since having the implanon my periods have been really irregular

    • ANSWER:
      Abdominal/pelvic pain that is similar to that of period cramping may indicate a problem in a reproductive organ (like the pain around your ovaries or uterus).

      This includes conditions such as endometriosis (when tissue from the uterus is displaced to somewhere else like the pelvic wall or ovaries), uterine fibroids (thick bands of muscular and fibrous tissue in the uterus), ovarian cysts, ovarian cancer (rare), or pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) infection of the reproductive organs, usually from a sexually transmitted disease.

      If you have pain in your ovary area, you might have an ovarian cyst. I have experienced that same type of pain whenever I have had an ovarian cyst. I was also diagnosed with endometriosis last year which caused me severe pelvic pain and intense and painful period cramping.

      If a gynaecological reason cannot be found for the pain you are experiencing, then it could be a gastroenterology problem which could be caused by any of the following:

      * Excessive gas
      * Chronic constipation
      * Viral gastroenteritis (stomach flu)
      * Irritable bowel syndrome
      * Heartburn or indigestion
      * Gastroesophageal reflux
      * Ulcers
      * Cholecystitis (inflammation of the gallbladder) with or without gallstones
      * Appendicitis (inflammation of the appendix)
      * Diverticular disease, including inflammation of small pouches that form in the large intestines (diverticulitis)
      * Bowel obstruction -- in addition to pain, this causes nausea, bloating, vomiting, and inability to pass gas or stool
      * Food allergy
      * Food poisoning (salmonella, shigella)
      * Hernia
      * Kidney stones
      * Urinary tract infections
      * Pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas)
      * Dissecting abdominal aortic aneurysm -- bleeding into the wall of the aorta

      Based on your symptoms and what you wrote, I would recommend that you should see your doctor/gynaecologist, and if nothing is found that you see a gastroenterology specialist just to rule out any serious causes.

      Good luck :)

  28. QUESTION:
    11 weeks pregnant and keep eating?
    i have severe pregnancy nausea and as soon as i get hungry i get dizzy so im pretty much eating all the time, also after every single thing i eat i get the most awful taste in my mouth which makes me need to eat something else or suck on a sweet etc. my gut is really sticking out and im so worried that ive put on loads of weight already. im trying to stick to healthy stuff but it is difficult. help!
    i also get so full up after eating i feel so bloated it hurts to breathe properly.

    • ANSWER:
      i'm only 9 weeks 5 days yey! but i also have well most of the same problems you have. i havent actually gotten physically sick thank GOD but when i get hungry i get really nauseated and when the foods almost here or im fixing to sit down to eat i get that strong urge to puke and just cough it off..crazy.. i get dizzy sometimes which means i have to eat something. Try not to eat anything to heavy, try to eat some fruit like apples or i like the mandarin oranges and just try to keep hydrated. Most of the time (even when not pregnant) when your hungry you're really just thirsty, so keep some juices near, like lemonade, that really helps my nausea, & i try not to drink anything with caffine or even carbonated which seems to give me really bad indigestion ugg. As for the bad taste, i really dont know, maybe its your prenatals vits...try taking them at night before you go to bed to see if there's any diff. My prenatal vits always would seem to melt immediatley in my tummy and i would taste it like 5 mins later strange! so i take mine at night, maybe thats what you are tasteing...never know!
      As for the weight, i thought the same thing, i used to really eat too but everyone has told me that its just water weight and you are bloated. Its just wishful thinking to start showing at this point...i know...been there. just get you a scale and keep track of it, you'll learn that its not actual pounds but your belly just growing to accomodate its newest inhabitant!
      BUT
      All in all its just nature taking its course and we just have to ride along!
      i wish you the best of luck, just remember the goal!- babies are great!

  29. QUESTION:
    What would you do with these symptoms?
    I am 28 weeks pregnant. I have a stent in my right ureter, I am suppose to go back to the OB on Monday and the urologist on Friday. The urologist is going to schedule my stent replacement when I go to my appointment. Now here are the symptoms: severe right hip pain that radiates into my right leg, severe lower back pain, constant pain in my lower abdomen that sometimes is accompanied by a crampy feeling but I do not think it is actually cramps, severe indigestion, low grade fever off and on, and I have been having about 2 contractions a day. These symptoms have been constant for the past two days. I have vicodin for the pain due to my stent but I try not to take it until I am desperate. I am becoming desperate! Do you think these symptoms are a combination of the pregnancy and the stent? Or could it be because the stent is getting blocked? (it is due to be replaced) Should I go to the doctor sooner than my appointment or just try to wait it out? I really don't want to be that person that runs to the doctor for the smallest of things.

    • ANSWER:
      Given you medical history I would be inclined to phone the urologist and the OB to run the symptoms past them for their opinions. It is better safe than sorry, especially where pregnancy is involved, and they will be more than happy to answer the question for you. It may be that the symptoms are just general pregnancy/hormonal effect, but the low grade on and off fever could indicate infection or the stent becoming infected due to blockage. I would really assure you to speak to the doctors before you scheduled appointments just to run it by them to get their opinions, no one will think of you as running to the doctor because the symptoms you describe can be concerning. It is obviously causing you distress which will in turn distress you baby, better to have it checked and it be nothing than to wait and it be something. Good luck and congratulations for your pregnancy.

  30. QUESTION:
    Worried about Zantac's effect on fetus?
    I am nearly 10 weeks pregnant and have been taking Zantac for a few days now because of severe acid reflux/indigestion. I am able to sleep at night now and keep some liquids down, when before I wasn't able to drink even water.

    I'm worried about how this will effect the baby. Also I'm worried because from about 5 weeks to now I haven't been drinking a lot of fluids or eating much because of the sickness. I have been taking my prenatal though.

    Has anyone dealt with something similar and had a healthy or unhealthy baby?

    With my first pregnancy I had no sickness at all and was able to eat healthy foods and drink lots of fluids.
    wow. No need to be rude. My doctor is the one who prescribed me Zantac. He also gave me Reglan..but that only made things worse so I stopped taking it.
    Baby Boy Due: How many times do you take it a day? I have been taking it once in the morning and once in the evening. It seems to only work at night for me.
    I've been taking 75mg....perhaps that's why it isn't working. I need to ask my doctor about taking a higher dose.

    • ANSWER:
      I had horrible heartburn with my second (my daughter) and took Zantac at least once a day...and twice a day towards the end. It got so bad it didn't even matter if I ate or not...I was miserable. My OB said it was ok to take and I had no complication with my daughter.

      I just delivered #3 about 2 weeks ago and ended up on the Zantac again (I should also note that BOTH kids had a head full of dark hair! LOL!). My youngest boy was also born without any issue! I never needed the Zantac with my first but he was born almost completely bald and blonde!

      If you are concerned, talk to your doc about alternative options, but in my experience...no problem!

      I had a friend who used Tums instead because she was worried about the side effects of something like Zantac and she ended up with kidney stones at 7 months preggo and was miserable!

  31. QUESTION:
    severe heartburn/indigestion?
    I am 32 weeks pregnant and just started getting SEVERE heartburn. I've had it for 4 hours now and it's not going away....I tried Maalox chewables and that didn't work. Any suggestions on anything else that would help that is also safe to take during pregnancy? Also, I know it's probably best that I don't eat, but i'm starving -- what things would be best to eat? THANKS!!

    • ANSWER:
      I took Zantac while pregnant and it worked well for me - Tums and other chewables did not work for me.

      Avoiding spicy and acidic foods is best, but other than that, try to eat several small meals throughout the day rather than 3 large ones. Being a constant grazer really helps. Also, only take small sips of fluids with meals, try to get your daily fluid requirements in between meals.

  32. QUESTION:
    Acid Reflux and Lump in throat while pregnant? Hernia?
    I found out I am pregnant on Jan. 26. Due to irregular periods, I do not know how far along I am until my ultrasound next week. I have been going to the only prenatal program here in town, but have received pretty much no care as of yet. So, I have switched and will be driving an hour and a half to a women's clinic where I have an appointment with a midwife.

    I have been having throat problems for a month now. I finally figured out what it is and want to kick myself for not figuring it out sooner. I have some severe acid reflux. My throat and espophogus hurt everyday. Sometimes it feels like I have drank Drano. After figuring out what it is, I have stopped eating all foods that are triggers--but it is still so raw and painful. I have to sleep sitting up now. I have been chewing tums, but haven't wanted to take anything else til I talk with the midwife.

    I am also suffering from morning sickness. I have been doing a lot of dry heaving and throwing up. For the past two and a half weeks, on top of the throat pain, I constantly feel like something is in my throat. I feel it on the left side every time I swallow and sometimes even when I am not swallowing, I can still feel it there. It is worse when I am trying to sleep and sleeping. I feel like I am choking. Sometimes I just want to stick my finger down my throat and try to clear it. I wake up choking sometimes. It is so frustrating to never have any relief. When I hold a flashlight down my throat and cough the right way, I can actually see something pink and fleshy behind my left tonsil which I am sure it what I feel when I swallow. Sometimes it feels like it is creeping into the middle of my throat, and I swallow just the right way and it moves back. I just always feel it. I feel like I am going crazy. I know that feeling a lump in the throat is a symptom of acid reflux. But, I actually do have something back there and not just a feeling.

    Does anyone have an experience with this or any idea what it could me. Is it possible I have given myself a hernia in my throat from all the straining? Is this something that a midwife will be able to help with or should I go see someone else about it? If it is a hernia, what kind of relief is there? Can you get surgery while pregnant. I don't know if I can make it much longer with this problem. It is just so constant, and I feel so desperate for it to go away.

    I will also take advice on how to deal with the acid reflux while pregnant as well.

    • ANSWER:
      I've never dealt with pregnancy and I'm not sure this will help you but I had bad acid reflux a while ago so i really feel for you. Tums and Tagamet helped me but the only thing that made it go away was probiotics. I dunno--i couldnt see anything stuck in my throat; it was more like my food kept trying to crawl back up my esophagus and I kept trying to cough and I felt weird pressure on my chest (also got nausea after eating). Anyways probiotics apparently help with GI issues. There are probiotic supplements but obviously you'd need to talk to a doctor before you consider those, but there are natural sources of probiotics you can eat such as yogurt, kefir, sour krout, Kim chee (maybe skip this one cause it smells like raw sewage), and that Yakult stuff or Activia--which is manufactured, but has live active cultures. In fact, last time I was at the grocery store I noticed they now have a bunch of Kefir smoothies and kefir is supposed to be a good probiotic... If you decide to try it, try adding them to your diet slowly. I took a supplement that had a lot and my indigestion almost seemed to get worse at times before it got better over the first two weeks until it pretty much disappeared. I was getting it every day up until then and it was driving me crazy. When i stopped taking probiotics for a week it came back so for me at least, they seem to work for acid reflux.

  33. QUESTION:
    Pregnant with Severe Abdominal Pain?
    Hey everyone! I am currently 21 weeks pregnant. So yesterday around 5PM my stomach began to bother me. It felt like burning and I assumed it was heartburn/indigestion. So I took some tums and waited for it to get better. But it only got worse. So bad it brought me close to tears. All night I was awake with horrible pain in my entire abdomen. I couldn't lie down because it made it worse. I had to either stand or sit. I ended up falling asleep sitting on the couch and getting a couple hours of sleep. It didn't feel like I was sick to my stomach, it felt like my actual abdomen was in pain...not the inside of my stomach if that makes sense. When I awoke at 6am this morning the pain was almost entirely gone. Now it just felt as if I had done a bunch of sit ups/crunches and my stomach muscles were sore. I could barely feel it unless I was going to stand up or I was laughing. Now the sore pain is almost entirely gone and I feel great. I had no bleeding or any other discomfort. I have felt my little guy kicking a lot today so I'm sure he is fine. To me it really felt like my stomach muscles were tearing and that is why it felt somewhat burning and why I was sore today. Does this make sense? I'm carrying high and all up front. I just want to know if anyone has experienced anything like this? It all seems logical to me but I'm just afraid maybe I am missing something. Please any thoughts or advice would be appreciated!!! :) Thanks!
    I have been trying to call my OB to inquire about this episode but I haven't been able to get in touch with her or the nurses. They keep saying they will return my call but they don't. I understand they are extremely busy. That's why I'm asking for some opinions and to see if other mommys have experienced this!

    • ANSWER:
      I'm glad that the pain went away. If it happens again be sure and call in to be on the safe side. You could be having some braxton hicks contractions. They usually dont hurt but they can be uncomfortable or you just feel a tightness in your abs. I had both only it felt like real labor lol lucky me.

      It could be your baby in a bad position but sounds more like either braxton hicks or as you mentioned, your stomach muscles separating. I had that happen with our second. She gave me a hernea and it especially hurt to cough or laugh. In my case though I had a bad cold and had been coughing a lot.

      I always carry my babies all out front. It can really wreak havoc on ya! There are only so many places for baby to go! lol. Again though, great you're feeling the kicks. Get checked next time to be on the safe side. Do mention it at your next appt too. Anytime you have pain that doesn't go away or gets more intense you need to call right away.

  34. QUESTION:
    Active, health conscious mommies: How long did it take your body to bounce back after giving birth?
    i am an aerobics instructor, so i will be resuming my classes asap once draden is born in october.

    i teach 4 days a week, plus my mom will be coming by on most days so that i can take a break from the babies (i will be keeping mine and a friends newborn during the day) so that i can go for a walk for about an 45 minutes to an hour each day.

    i eat very consciously; i make sure i eat at least 2 fruits in the morning and that i eat at least 2 vegetables at lunch and i eat healthy snacks and usually whatever my in-laws make for supper.

    i will be breastfeeding also, and i heard this helps bring your weight down faster.

    although i am planning all of this activity, i may find that i am just too exhausted... but i'm hoping i can work through it. we'll see!

    i am 22 weeks and i've already went from the lower 150's to the mid 170's - more than 20 pounds.

    i don't understand it, because i know i work out more than the average pregnant woman, and severe indigestion keeps me from eating a lot, and i eat very healthy (most of the time, anyway). it's not just in my belly, my thighs are getting huge and my chest is as well. and well, i'm getting it all over.

    anyway, i'll stop rambling. how long did it take you to bounce back?
    and any tips on how to get that body back, like certain foods and certain exercises?

    • ANSWER:
      Oh I remember it well! I gained 45 pounds with my first daughter and yes a lot of it is water weight. If you have noticed your feet swelling or your rings won't fit, it is a sure sign of water retention. I am 5'4" and I weighed between 120-125 pounds when I got pregnant. When I delivered, I weighed 165. At my 6 week check up, I weighed 125. All I did was breastfeed and eat the same way I always have (drinking TONS of water, eating very little meat, lots of vegi's, healthy fats and olive oil)
      It actually took me about 4 weeks to bounce back because I weighed myself at home at about 4 weeks and weighed like 127.
      The biggest advice I can give is that you don't want to purposefully diet. It is bad for you and the baby to do so. Breastfeeding burns a lot of extra calories.
      Did you know you require more calories while breastfeeding than you do while pregnant? During pregnancy, you use an extra 200-300 calories a day and while breastfeeding you use an extra 500 calories a day!
      Also don't push yourself on exercising to quickly. Walking is fine but don't do anything strenuous for the first few weeks. Your body is still trying to recover and if you go to fast, you can actually delay your healing.
      You will have lochia (like a period) for several weeks after delivering as your uterus goes back to its normal state. If you do to much activity, you may start noticing bright red blood. It is a sure sign you are trying to do to much to quickly.
      Above all, if you have always been healthy and continue to be healthy, you will get back to your normal size is no time.
      Good luck and congratulations on your baby!

  35. QUESTION:
    what can help bad heartburn/acid reflux?
    this is a 2 part question. first let me say, i am 39 weeks pregnant, and can't really take a lot of over the counter meds, and i do and have been taking tums for the heartburn for months now, but that doesn't seem to be working. so my 1st question is what are some other things that i can do to help with this horrible heartburn? also, why does it seem like water and or ice always tend to make it feel a lot worse. when i get it, i do tend to drink a lot of water and also eat a lot of ice because it gives me a horrible taste in my mouth and so the water helps with that.. but then after i drink the water, or eat some ice, it feels as though it's adding fuel to the flame.. why is that?

    • ANSWER:
      Too much liquid, especially just after the meals, dilutes the digestive juices. Hence, liquids in small quantities should be taken before or during the meals only. A glass of wine on the other hand will aid in digestion.

      How to best relieve symptoms of acid reflux involves making lifestyle changes such as avoiding certain foods, losing weight, stopping smoking and exercising regularly. A wide variety of over-the-counter medications such as antacids, anti-gas or ant-flatulence drugs, oral suspension and H-2 receptor blockers are available to provide temporary relief.

      Avoid the overuse of over-the-counter medications as they may cause side effects such as constipation and diarrhea. For more frequent and severe episodes of acid reflux, your doctor may prescribe medications such as proton pump inhibitors. If lifestyle changes and prescription medications fail to offer improvement, surgery may be recommended.

      Natural Remedies

      Natural and holistic treatments have been used for centuries to treat and provide symptomatic relief for digestive problems. Homeopathic remedies are safe and effective to use for people of all ages without unwanted side effects. Carefully selected ingredients such as Calc phos, Carbo veg, Nat phos, Mag carb and Silicea helps to neutralize acid in the stomach as well as cleanse and eliminate toxins from the body and relieve symptoms of heartburn, indigestion, bloating and gas.

      You may get more info here http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/remedies/a/acidreflux.htm

  36. QUESTION:
    37 weeks pregnant, severe heartburn?
    What causes this? Is there anything I can do to prevent it. I am using rolaids cherry chews like 4-5 times a day just to help cure it temporarily. Just curious what causes such bad heartburn. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Many women experience heartburn for the first time during pregnancy — and though it's common and generally harmless, it can be quite uncomfortable.

      Heartburn (also called acid indigestion or acid reflux) is a burning sensation that often extends from the bottom of the breastbone to the lower throat. It's caused by some of the hormonal and physical changes in your body.

      During pregnancy, the placenta produces the hormone progesterone, which relaxes the smooth muscles of the uterus. This hormone also relaxes the valve that separates the esophagus from the stomach, allowing gastric acids to seep back up, which causes that unpleasant burning sensation.

      Progesterone also slows down the wavelike contractions of your esophagus and intestines, making digestion sluggish. Later in pregnancy, your growing baby crowds your abdominal cavity, pushing the stomach acids back up into the esophagus.

      Many women start experiencing heartburn and other gastrointestinal discomforts in the second half of pregnancy. Unfortunately, it usually comes and goes until your baby is born.

      Though you may not be able to eliminate heartburn entirely, you can take steps to minimize your discomfort:

      • Avoid food and beverages that cause you gastrointestinal distress. The usual suspects are carbonated drinks; alcohol (which you should avoid anyway during pregnancy); caffeine; chocolate; acidic foods like citrus fruits and juices, tomatoes, mustard, and vinegar; processed meats; mint products; and spicy, highly seasoned, fried, or fatty foods.

      • Don't eat big meals. Instead, eat several small meals throughout the day. Take your time eating and chew thoroughly.

      • Avoid drinking large quantities of fluids during meals — you don't want to distend your stomach. (It's important to drink eight to ten glasses of water daily during pregnancy, but sip it between meals.)

      • Try chewing gum after eating. Chewing gum stimulates your salivary glands, and saliva can help neutralize acid.

      • Don't eat close to bedtime. Give yourself two to three hours to digest before you lie down.

      • Sleep propped up with several pillows or a wedge. Elevating your upper body will help keep your stomach acids where they belong and will aid your digestion.

      • Gain a sensible amount of weight, and stay within the guidelines your healthcare provider suggests.

      • Wear loose, comfortable clothing. Avoid any tightness around your waist and tummy.

      • Bend at the knees instead of at the waist.

      • Don't smoke — in addition to contributing to a host of serious health problems, smoking boosts stomach acidity. (Ideally, smoking is a habit you should break before getting pregnant. If you're still smoking and are having trouble quitting, ask your caregiver for a referral to a smoking-cessation program.)

      • An over-the-counter antacid that contains magnesium or calcium may ease discomfort, but check with your prenatal caregiver before taking one, because some brands contain aluminum or aspirin or are high in sodium. You should also check in with your healthcare provider if none of these suggestions helps.

  37. QUESTION:
    I am 24 weeks pregnant and I am having bad stomach cramps....is this normal?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, it's very normal, and it can be for a variety of reasons - indigestion, constipation, baby's positioning, your ligaments stretching, etc. If it's really severe, though, or has any other accompanying symptoms (regular and/or painful contractions, fever, any sort of unusual discharge, etc.), you should notify your OBGYN/midwife immediately.

  38. QUESTION:
    I'm 17 and only 3 weeks pregnant. Help?
    Today i got really severe cramps before this i just had some light cramping. I didn't start spotting or bleeding though. Is my baby ok?

    • ANSWER:
      It could be indigestion and gas pains since you don't have bleeding. I wouldn't take a chance, though. Call you doctor as soon as possible and lie down and don't lift anything.

  39. QUESTION:
    37 + 4 pregnant and need answers please....?
    Ok I will be 38 weeks pregnant on Friday, I have been having sharp pains in my private area and mild like menstrual cramps, my husband and I had sex on Sunday and I bleed light pick blood for about 3-4 hours nothing to worry about. I have been having braxton hicks for about a month now. Today the baby has not moved much at all, my breast are much more tender and I have dropped alot. I was vomiting all day on Thursday and nauseated on Friday, have severe indigestion, but last week the dr said that I had dilated very little this week I went and he didn't even check me. Are these signs of labor... Any advice would be grateful.

    • ANSWER:
      I didn't have any "signs" with my 1st, I wasn't dilated at my last appointment, no bloody show, or braxton hicks. So really, you'll never be able to tell until you start having full blown contractions.

  40. QUESTION:
    Heartburn ! How do I get rid of it ?
    I never had this before and it HURTS I do not like it. Im 31 weeks and it Just came to me a couple days ago ? what do I need to do Please help ?!? I want it to go away like Right now!

    Thanks !!

    • ANSWER:
      FYI, ><

      How Do I Get Rid Of Heartburn? / Heartburn 7 Remedies To Stop It
      how do i get rid of heartburn? Who hasn't bolted upright in the night, awakened by a sudden and terrible burning sensation in the pit of their stomach? ...
      http://www.stopheartburntoday.com/Heartburn-7-Remedies-To-Stop-It.html

      ho hasn't bolted upright in the night, awakened by a sudden and terrible burning sensation in the pit of their stomach? Whether you indulged in some overly spicy chili, or overdid it on those late-night leftovers, these quick heartburn remedies will soothe your fiery stomach and help you get back to sleep!

      1. The first thing you'll want to do when you're awakened by heartburn pain, is to stand up. This helps keep the acid at bay while you go and get a full glass of cool water.

      2. Drink the whole glass of water, and follow it with a mixture of 1 tablespoon of baking soda, and half a glass of water. Be careful though, if you have high blood pressure or are pregnant, this can cause water retention or increase your blood pressure.

      3. DON'T drink milk or suck on mints to relieve heartburn. Milk might feel nice and cool going down, but it actually contains fats and proteins that cause your stomach to secrete MORE acid and make your heartburn worse! Mints, while they may feel soothing, actually relax the small valve between your esophagus and stomach, whose purpose it is to actually KEEP acid at bay! When this valve is relaxed, more acid can seep up and aggravate heartburn symptoms!

      4. This is going to sound strange, but downing a teaspoon of vinegar can help soothe heartburn immediately! Why give your stomach MORE acid when it already seems to have enough, you ask? Sometimes, heartburn is caused as a result of too little acid, and vinegar helps quell indigestion by giving your stomach a little extra "juice" (no pun intended!) to do its job!

      5. Certain foods can cause nighttime heartburn, including: soda pop or beverages with caffeine (which you shouldn't be drinking before bed anyway!), alcohol, garlic, chocolate (sorry!), citrus fruits, tomatoes and tomato-based products. Avoiding these types of food can help ease your indigestion if you frequently find yourself awakened with that intolerable burning!

      6. Eating a banana each day works like an antacid to soothe heartburn. If you're already stricken with indigestion, eating pineapple or papaya (or drinking the juice) can help settle your stomach naturally. Some people also claim that eating a teaspoon of mustard (yuck!) can work immediately.

      7. Avoid eating at least two hours before you go to sleep. Those late night snacks can keep your stomach busy all night and prevent you from easing into a deep, restful sleep. You may also find that sleeping on your left side or sleeping at a somewhat upright angle can keep acid down where it belongs.

      If you are awakened by heartburn on a regular basis, or the pain is severe, or if you have heartburn with vomiting, you'll want to consult your doctor immediately as it may be a sign of a more serious condition such as an ulcer. Above all, avoid spicy, fatty and caffeine-containing foods before bed, and you should be able to drift off to sleep easily.

      Sweet dreams!

  41. QUESTION:
    23 weeks pregnant... Horrible indigestion!!?
    I've been having really bad indigestion for the majority of my pregnancy now. I keep Tums by my bed and try and take it before I go to sleep. Some nights I cant sleep at all or have to sleep sitting up completely. But twice now, the first time at about 15 weeks and last night again, I have had the worst pain I've ever experienced in my life!! It starts out as normal indigestion I think. Severe pain and tightness under my breasts by my ribcage and it feels like I can't breathe. It hurt so bad it was radiating to my back. This lasted about 15 minutes. I was so scared and it hurt so bad I was dizzy, my ears started ringing, and both times I passed out. Once I got back up from passing out (just a few seconds) the pain was completely gone. The first time this happened I asked my midwife and she said it sounds like indigestion. But I don't understand how this could be normal indigestion. It was literally the worst pain I have had in my life, definitely on a 1-10 scale a 10. Now I'm freaking out because I have no idea how I'm going to handle labor if this was just indigestion. Have any other ladies had this?

    • ANSWER:

  42. QUESTION:
    First time mom 36 weeks 1 days pregnant! need help please?
    I KNOW ITS LONG , BUT SUM1 PLEASE READ AND HELP?

    okay so i am 36 weeks 1 day pregnant, due dec 31st.
    i have a few questions? firs ti was 108 pounds before pregnancy and now im 145 is that too bad :( and im only 5 feet tall, 5'1 if im lucky, will i do okay with labor?
    my mom and husbands mom both had pretty big babies, especially husbands mom, he was over 8 pounds 1/2 when born i was only 6 pounds 6 ounces and i was 2 days overdue, but my moms other 4 children came out around 8 pounds :( all overdue except 1, not sure about hubbys, she had cSECS, will i go overdue, im so afraid my baby will be too big, and i wont make it to do it naturally like i wish to do :(

    ALSO! babyboy is all over my bladder it hurts :( it gets very uncomfortable, been to the point where i have had a few drops of pee come out, even though i had just peed a few minutes earlier, i always feel like im about to peee myself when hes squishing and kicking my bladder, which is his favorite, and its like hes laying on it, when i get up from laying down, all of a sudden i have to pee bad!

    he also does something to my cervix? it gets really uncomfortable and HURTS more than the bladder, the bladders more just uncomfortable but reallly uncomfortable, the cervix hurts a little and is super uncomfy :( like a sharp squeezing pain??? if that makes sence?

    also this is my first baby , and i dont know if ive felt braxxton hicks yet ? at 20 and 22 weeks i had to go to the hospital for shots to stop my contractions, but never dialated or thinned or anything, and i am not sure ive felt any braxton hicks :( does that mean hell be over due?

    id really love to have him at 39 weeks im so small and its so ahrd to breathe , like so hard where its hard to fall asleep, and i cant sleep at all, because i think i have restless leg syndrome? they hurt so bad when im sleeping i just cant sleep :( just my thighs, my back hurts, its just im so small, its kind of hard on me, and im not even BIG! im small. but i was wondering do you think doc will induce me a week early, or is that bad, should i just wait??? just a question (:

    i wanted him to deliver :( but my sis in law says every year he leaves for xmas break :(

    OH ALSO HE STILL MOVES BUNCHES! BUT THEYRE SO HARD NOW! LIKE I SEE FEET AND KNEES AND HIS BUTT AND STUFF. THATS ALSO UNCOMFORTABLE, HE DOES IT SO HARD, I THINK HES HUGE ALREADY, EIK. DONT GET ME WRONG I LOVE FEELING HIM MOVE, IUTS JUST SOMETIMES THEYRE CUTE, SOMETIMES THEYRE SO UNCOMFORTABLE! (: WE LOVE OUR LITTLE MAN ID LOVE TO HAVE HIM A LITTLE EARLY, BUT GIVE ME YOUR ADVICE? MAYBE AT 37 1/2 WEEKS OR 28 I CAN START WALKING ALOT AND HAVING SEX?? WILL THAT HELP LOL

    oh and i have the worst heartburn and indigestion to the point i want to cry sometimes, it also bothers my sleep... i sound like such a complainer, i haven't complained really, to my doc, i guess i just needed to vent. (:
    nonono i dont want to try yet i was gunna start tring around 37 1/2 or 38 weeks pregnant but just things like walking and sex no oils or anything like that, if hes not ready he wont come anyway! if he is im just helping a little (:
    im so scared of surgerys omg! :0
    i have a size 6 foot.

    ive never had a surgery in my life omg.
    well i had a d&c due to a loss of our first baby at 10 weeks :*( hope that wont effect it, but i wasnt cut open :( like a csec :(
    yeah ive thought about iit, and i wont be induced unless really necessary until 40 weeks around my due date? i dont want him early, i just wish hed be ready sooner, and id liek to help him a little nothing any worse than any other pregnant lady does! all i wanted to do was sex and walking, which i havnt done much of either my whole freaking pregnancy!!!!! i know my discomfort isnt as bad as it sound cuz i havnt told doc, my breathing has gotten better, but still occasionally its real hard to breath, but its alright baby boy will be here soon, mommy and daddy love him dearly, and would do nothing to hurt him, your making it seem that way.
    thanks girls, and yes id love for him to help momym out and come a week early at least lol. but its alright if hes too snug well have to work together on coming out if he isnt here by his due date lol. docs will neada help a bit too. yes my first due date was dec 27 i think , then jan 3rd now its dec 31 but its my final one lol.

    • ANSWER:
      1. Stop having a pity party. Did you think being pregnant would be easy? Do you think labor will be easy? Do you think being a mother will be easy?

      2. Your height has nothing to do with your ability to birth a baby. You have not gained "too much" weight, and your body would not grow anything it could not push out on its own. There is NO such thing as a too-small pelvis, except in the case of severe deformity or previous accidents/surgeries which altered your pelvis. So don't let your OB scare you into having a section, that's major surgery that should not be taken as lightly as it is.

      3. Your bladder will be squished. There's not much room left for baby in your torso, he has to go somewhere! You will probably end up peeing yourself. What can I say, bring extra clothes with you in case. Ask your OB about your cervix issues, it's probably just him pushing down on you.

      4. Braxton Hicks can happen without being felt. If you watch your stomach, you'll see it tighten up when you have them, a lot of times this is the only way you will know. This is no indication of being overdue, don't worry.

      5. Why would you want to have your baby early? You need to think about what's best for your baby, not your discomfort. I understand, it sucks. But baby will drop here soon and make breathing easier. In the mean time just take it easy. You should not ask to be induced in my opinion, that is a tremendous stress on the baby and is definitely not necessary at 39 weeks for convenience.

  43. QUESTION:
    I have severe numbness and pain in my fingers and I'm 32 weeks pregnant, tylenol doesn't help suggestions?
    About a month ago I started getting partial numbness in my fingers which also feels like needles stabbing and jolts of pain shooting through them, my doctor suggested those wrist splints for carpel tunnel but they cost 26 dollars a peice and I work in the infant room at a child care center and they are to hard to work with, if anyone has experienced this and has a solution I would be so so grateful!

    • ANSWER:
      Usually those tingly kinds of pains are caused by poor circulation, which usually shows up first in fingers and/or toes. Poor circulation causes lack of oxygen to extremities and when cells are oxygen starved you get pains-----a lot of pains. Taking tylenol doesn't improve circulation so that won't help. Wrist splints will further restrict circulation so that won't help. In your stage of pregnancy, I think the safest thing to try is small amounts of aspirin such as 91mg per day (St.Joseph Aspirin) (also Walgreens has these). If that helps then get 350mg aspirin and cut them in half or try one per day whole. Another thing that helps is Cayenne on your food or in capsule form, but take it easy, take no more than one per week because it can cause indigestion. And.....last but not least, get some 7up or Sierra Mist and cut up an orange, a lime, and a lemon and squeeze the juice into the drink. (Citrus is a natural way to relax and expand all your blood vessels and that means instant better circulation and pain relief.) However, you should print this out and talk all this over with your OBGYN on your next prenatal-care visit. Hope this helps and saves you money!

  44. QUESTION:
    37 weeks pregnant and having false contractions and belly aches...?
    I'm 37 weeks and 4 days pregnant so not long till he's due date.

    Beginning of Thursday I've been getting the false contractions, about 4/5 a day. I know it's not much plus I've been getting menstrual cramps with them too.

    But also getting menstrual cramps more frequently now and feel like my belly is aching.

    So if my body is getting ready to give birth in a few weeks, does it mean soon or can this happen to anyone and anytime?
    yes im drinking plenty of water and my next appoinment is the day before due date arghh!!

    • ANSWER:
      I'm 10 days away from my due date and know exactly what you are talking about.

      Ive been getting the 'labor imminent' signs for about a week now, still no baby.
      The wait kills, I just want to see him so bad!

      Watch out for some of these things, they normally (not always) happen within a week of labor if not sooner...

      Diarrhea, insomnia, loss of your mucus plug, increase in Braxton hix contractions frequency and severity, slight loss of weight, loss of apatite, heartburn or indigestion goes away, the feeling you have to go to the bathroom when there is nothing to 'go', baby will become more sluggish...

      If this is your first baby, he should also 'engage' soon. Some mothers don't 'engage' until right before labor, but this is more common with women who have already been through labor at least once.

      I hope you have him soon! I know the wait is killing me!
      Good luck and congratulations mommy!

      ps The nurse at my hospital said to come in and get checked if you have any of these three:

      Gush or trickle of liquid (water breaking)

      Blood in ANY amount

      Contractions so severe that you cannot walk or talk through them once every 10min or less.

  45. QUESTION:
    could i have pre eclampsia?
    i am 31 weeks pregnant with my first child and it has been uneventful until now. however early this morning i had a painful pain (not severe, but it hurt quite a lot) under my left ribs for about an hour. i presumed it was the baby migrating up there so didn't worry and went back to sleep.
    When i woke up the pain has gone but i feel sick and have indigestion.
    I looked at a book and it indicated that the symptoms could be pre eclampsia.
    I don't know what to think.
    as the pain is gone now should i worry.
    i had 2 routine appointments last week and had urine test come back fine and blood taken.
    I defo would contact the midwife if i got the pain again.
    or is it just normal?
    thanks in advance

    • ANSWER:
      It's probably the baby pressing into your ribs. While I never got kicked there, lots of women I know said it was pretty painful.

      With pre-e the most common symptoms are headaches, dizziness, blurred vision, and swelling in the extremities, like your ankles. However, as you get towards the end, the edema (swelling) is pretty normal. Since your urine and stuff came back normal, I wouldn't worry too much about it. You can always go to a drug store and have your blood pressure checked if you're unsure; sometimes they have those self-checker machines there.

      Indigestion is totally normal - that baby is sitting on everything! LOL You can't eat anymore without feeling full halfway through and then the wonderful heartburn kicks in. I find that I can be fine after a meal and then when I go to lie down for bed it starts up, sometimes a couple hours later. Tums really helps me for that.

      If you're that concerned, call your midwife. Otherwise I think what you're feeling are the normal pains of pregnancy! :D

  46. QUESTION:
    i have heartburn and indigestion with purging in the morning and im not pg what is wrong docs say im fine.?
    im a vegetarian since i was like 13-14 and im now 22 ive noticed recently past yr or so i havent been feelin well. seen many doctors who say nothings wrong but my stomach never feels quite right and in the past week ive had to purge every morning...and im not pregnant! before and after purging i have severe heartburn and indigestion, and usually have to go number 2 simultaneously. the purging stops after bout an hour of being woke but the rest comes and goes a little to frequently for me. ive elevated my bed recently to help the indigestion and am not takin any otc or presc. i wanna try orange peel extract should i??

    • ANSWER:
      Your stomach, under normal circumstances, is full of acid. When you eat, the food sits in the stomach full of acid and is broken down into very small particles so it can be digested.

      If you do not have enough acid in your stomach, the food will just sit there and ferment. This is indigestion.

      When the food starts to ferment, you will start to bloat as gasses build up. Now, because the stomach is still full of food, as it is not passing into the intestine to be metabolised, these gasses can cause the stomach to erupt and push the food up the esophagus. When this happens (apart from throwing the food up completely) the small amount of acid that is mixed in with the food burns the esophagus and this is called 'heartburn'.

      This is mis-named 'acid reflux'. It shouldn't be called this as it is not because you have too much acid that is causing the reflux but it's as I described above.

      The simple fact is that you DON'T HAVE ENOUGH acid in your stomach to break down the food.

      You need more acid, not less, so don't take antacids. Instead, take a desertspoon of vinegar each day. This will increase the acids in your stomach and should relieve the discomfort you feel and settle things down.

      The Gall bladder is the storage unit for these stomach acids so you need to work out which is the problem -- the Gall bladder or stomach acids.

      So, you could add some Flax seed oil, Lecithin and vitamin C to your diet . The vitamin C will neutralise free radicals sufficiently in the liver so it can perform its function of producing bile -- thats what the Flax seed oil and Lecithin are for -- production of bile (stomach acids). Avocados are good for their oil and fats, too.

      The fact that you are vegetarian is good as you should not only be off red meat but should also stay away from dairy.

      Drink vegetable juices and lots of water (8-10 glasses per day).

      If after about three weeks of this you dont feel any relief AT ALL (which I doubt) you may need to consult a naturopath on the condition of your Gall bladder -- there may be a problem there but I dont think so as you havent mentioned any pain associated with this condition.

      .

  47. 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.

  48. QUESTION:
    gallbladder and pregnancy! please read!?
    I am 35 weeks pregnant and have been suffering with gallbladder symptoms( severe heartburn, burning in the ribs, and loss of appetite) doc told me to take zantac.. I have for 2 weeks , and my symptoms are worse.. the last two nights I have had heartburn and indigestion so bad I was dry heving.. today I started experince high abdominal pressure.. not in a specific area,, nausea, dizziness, and lightheadedness.. I just want to know if anyone else has had gallbladder problems ... pregnant or not! I dont want to call the doc and sound stupid... and it doesnt make me feel any better that my husband thinks it is in my head.. any advice?

    • ANSWER:
      the symptoms you describe could be a gallbladder problem, and gallbladder disease is more common during pregnancy. but the symptoms you describe are pretty vague and could be other things, too. did you have an ultrasound of your gallbladder? because if not, your doctor really has no way to be sure that the problems you are having are gallbladder related. either way, i think that you need to see your doctor. abdominal pressure, nausea, and dizziness are also symptoms of pregnancy induced hypertension (also called toxemia or pre-eclampsia), which is even more common than gallbladder disease at your stage of the game. i think that you want to be calling your doctor right away to find out what they think you should do. don't listen to your husband. i have seen husbands who delivered babies in the bathroom because when their wives said they were in labor, they told them it was all in their heads. your husband does not live inside your body, so he really does not have any way of knowing what is going on in there.

  49. QUESTION:
    Dull pain in stomach?
    I'm 30 weeks pregnant and for the last week I have been having this really infuriatingly annoying pain in my stomach. Its at the very top pf my bump between my ribs I suppose you could say and it feels like I've just been punched in the stomach. Its driving me mad and making me really really really pissed off and grouchy. Does anyone know why this is happening or what one earth it is? I feel like I could kill someone its driving me that mad! HELP!

    • ANSWER:
      im 32 weeks and saw my doc about this last week as it was keeping me awake at night and I coudlnt get comfy in day. He said it was severe heartburn and indigestion as at this point in pregnancy your stomach is squashed right up under your ribs by baby. I used gaviscon regularly and fpr a few days just ate little plain meals like toast and yoghurt to give my stomach a rest and it did subside. One thing that did make it a lot worse for me was fresh orange juice so I have been avoiding that to. Hope that helps! x

  50. QUESTION:
    thousand islan dressing :( please tell me?
    im 12 weeks pregnant..and i ate thousand island dressing..and my stomach hurt so much..so i did some research on the internet and i found out that i should not eat it because it contains raw eggs.. what can i do now ..my stomach hurt ..is my baby fine or what..i am so worried.. i didnt eat that much :( i am so afraid this is my first baby after a very very long time trying

    • ANSWER:
      Ever since having my second child, I get severe indigestion whenever I eat lightly cooked to raw eggs. I started having it with my third pregnancy. I'm into my fourth and it's still the same thing. I don't like taking anything while I'm pregnant so I just drink a lot of water and lie down and try to take a nap. Usually this helps a bit. Other than being uncomfortable for you, it should not harm your baby. However doing this often in not the best idea as any uncooked/undercooked eggs or meat can contain bacteria.


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