Baking Soda Pregnancy Heartburn

An acid reflux is caused by the food and the acid splash in your esophagus. The esophagus is that muscular tube where foods you eat pass through. Acid reflux involves uncomfortable symptoms like heartburn and belching. Others experience some severe symptoms like chest pains so intense; the feeling is akin to heart attack. If you suffer from acid reflux quite often, the acids can potentially irritate your esophagus. This can eventually lead to scarring, inflammation, ulcer and hemorrhage. Persisting acid reflux can even cause esophageal cancer.

There are some natural treatments to acid reflux that you can use and implement.
Balancing the levels of hydrochloric acid. You can prevent acid reflux by increasing your body's natural hydrochloric production. You can do this if you hold off using thrifty table salt. What you need to use is unprocessed salt or good quality sea salt that contains necessary chloride and other significant minerals.

Change in your diet. Eating sugars and processed foods can certainly aggravate acid reflux. These foods produce an imbalance of bacteria inside the intestines and stomach. What you should eat instead are organic fresh fruits and veggies. You can mix them together to toss a refreshing salad. It may also do you well to take probiotics supplement to achieve good bowel balance. Your diet should also include raw foods that are rich in enzyme. Enzymes are great in fighting acid reflux. Almost all foods contain good enzymes, but the heat produced when cooking or preparing foods can potentially destroy them. There are also enzyme supplements available for you to use.

Vitamin D. If the amount of vitamin D in your body is increased, you will also have optimized production of antimicrobial peptides that can get rid of whatever body infection, even from the esophagus. You may get abundant supply of vitamin D from the sun. If you cannot bask under the morning sun, there are also foods high in vitamin D that you can eat and supplements you can take.
Regular and frequent exercise. Exercising is certainly beneficial in maintaining the body's health. It can improve your immunity against diseases and infection.

Apple cider vinegar. A raw and organic type of this vinegar can help in quickly remedying acid reflux. Mix and drink a tablespoon of the vinegar with four ounces purified water prior to every meal. With this, your stomach will be calmed and your digestion will also improve.

Baking soda. Another quick fix to acid reflux is baking soda. It is not only an essential ingredient in baking, it also acts as a great cleaning product around the house; most of all, it is also a helpful household staple that can be used as natural and powerful antacid. It can treat stomach upset and heartburn. Mix a spoonful of baking soda with water; before the mixture stops fixing, make sure that you already drink it. If you are on a sodium-restricted diet or have high blood pressure, seek your doctor's advice first before using baking soda.

Aloe Vera. Juice from organic type of aloe vera can be used to remedy diarrhea, upset stomach, and other inflammation from bowel diseases. It also helps in the digestion of foods.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know any good remedies for pregnancy heartburn?
    Anything I eat gives me heartburn, and I have had it for like a week.
    Keep in mind I am seven months pregnant. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I can tell you that Baking Soda in Water is not safe in pregnancy especially if you have high blood pressure!! It will make you retain water and cause electrolyte imbalances. Over the counter Zantac is safe as well as Tums. Sucking on Lemon or Ginger candy is also a good remedy. The best thing to do is not eat 2 hours before bed, stay away from spicy foods, and drink plenty of water. Stay away from acidic drinks such as soda and citrus juices. Nothing will take all of your heartburn away, but if it is too severe, talk it over with your Dr. and there are prescription medications that are safe to take in pregnancy to help with this issue.

  2. QUESTION:
    What home remedies could I try to get rid of heartburn during pregnancy?
    I'm 32 weeks pregnant and I just ran out of my prescription of my heartburn pills, My doctor is on holidays until next week.. I've been suffering since last night. Does anyone know of any home remedies that could help me out, tums and acid chewables is all that i've been taking and not doing the trick and just leaving a gross taste in my mouth.

    • ANSWER:
      Okay but this is a last resort, if nothing else works home remedy. I know because I did it before, when I ran out of my heart burn prescription. You take a teaspoon of baking soda and mix it in a cup of warm water and chug it. The heart burn will relieve itself shortly after but it does it in the most unconventional way. Lucky for me, my husband was in Iraq when I tried it, so he didn't have to smell the burps that came out of my mouth. They were the most horrible, egg smelling, nasty burps ever, I mean have to brush your teeth afterward horrible. It did get rid of the heartburn, but I have never done it again and prob will not ever do it again. :-) Best of luck.

  3. QUESTION:
    Is it ok to drink baking soda & water for heartburn during pregnancy?
    During the 3rd trimester?

    Thanks!
    Oh it tastes horrible, but it's by far the most effective method for me.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes ma'am - try and limit though because it is sodium

  4. QUESTION:
    What can I use to get rid of heartburn during pregnancy?
    TUMS doesn't work for me.

    What else can I use that is safe during pregnancy?

    • ANSWER:
      ginger is a natural remedy...you can eat food with real ginger in it, like ginger chicken (yum!) or get the pills at a health food store (read the label to ensure it contains only ginger)...

      you can also put one teaspoon of baking soda into a glass of 8 oz of water and stir until the baking soda is dissolved (very important)...it doesn't taste very good, but it works super fast--you'll be burping in no time

      I have also eaten something high in protein so the acid has something to work on, like a 1/4 cup of walnuts---get your omega 3s and unsaturated fat along with acid relief

      milk doesn't work for me--it seems to create acid instead of reducing it...

  5. QUESTION:
    HEARTBURN and it really hurts does any one know what they can do for home remedies?
    gosh i get this heartburn everynight and i am preganet 7months and i have a prescription and taken it with maloxx and its not working and my chest is exploding so bad it hurts any remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      Baking soda in water might work, but the relief it provides will be brief.

      Go to the store and get some Pepcid (or store brand of famotidine) or Zantac (or store brand of ranitidine). They're safe to use in pregnancy (Prilosec isn't) and effective. A dose of either will last about 12 hours.

  6. 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

  7. QUESTION:
    How to calm heartburn without medicine?
    Ouchies! I have been attacked by heart burn and have nothing medical to cure it.

    Anything... natural that could help it? It's a real bugger. :)

    Thank you all in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      I have several methods that have worked for me because both of my pregnancies gave me the most awful heartburn and I did not want to take any type of medicine.
      You can try:
      A glass of super cold milk
      A piece of plain wheat bread or toast
      Ginger Ale
      Club Soda
      A tiny bit of Baking Soda w/ water (but this one can't be used often, as there is a ton of sodium in it.)

      Good Luck! Hope one of these works :D

  8. QUESTION:
    baking soda and water for heartburn during pregnancy?
    Is it safe?

    • ANSWER:
      Just take zantac.

      Obv water is safe.

      BUT, here is what I just found from googling "baking soda and water for heartburn in pregnancy"

      "Also steer clear of sodium bicarbonate (BAKING SODA), which is sold as an antacid in tablet form, and sodium citrate. Both are high in sodium, which causes water retention. And if you're far enough along in your pregnancy to have gone into a panic trying to remove rings from your swollen fingers or looked down in horror at a pair of puffy ankles, you'll understand why that's the last thing you want right now." http://www.babycenter.com/404_which-heartburn-medicines-are-safe-during-pregnancy_1440876.bc

  9. QUESTION:
    What is the quickest way to get rid of heartburn?

    • ANSWER:
      The quickest way is alka-seltzer or baking soda/water. But the relief may not last long and it may not be the best way to treat the underlying cause of the heartburn. Heartburn is a symptom and may be caused by many diseases: peptic ulcers, esophageal reflux, hiatal hernia, Heliobacter Pylori, even pregnancy. I advise that you get a proper diagnosis and treatment.

  10. QUESTION:
    What are some great foods to consume during pregnancy?

    • ANSWER:
      I love pears, watermelon, leafy green veggies. My junk cravings are Icees and McDonalds french fries. Foods high in Fiber is great because it keeps things moving that your hormones may slow down.

      Grains: 6 Ounces per Day
      1 ounce of grains is equal to:

      1 slice bread
      1 cup ready-to-eat cereal
      1/2 cup cooked rice, pasta or cereal
      1 small pancake (4 1/2" in diameter)
      1 small tortilla (6" in diameter)

      Vegetables: 2 1/2 Cups per Day
      1 cup of vegetables is equal to:

      1 cup raw or cooked vegetables
      1 cup vegetable juice
      2 cups raw, leafy greens
      1 medium baked potato (2 1/2" to 3" in diameter; go easy on the butter, bacon bits and sour cream)

      Fruits: 1 1/2 to 2 Cups per Day
      1/2 cup of fruit is equal to:

      1/2 cup 100% fruit juice
      1/2 cup fresh, frozen or canned fruit
      1/2 a fruit (small orange, apple or banana)
      1/4 cup dried fruit
      16 grapes

      Milk Products: 3 Cups per Day
      1 cup of milk products is equal to:

      1 cup milk
      1 cup yogurt
      1 1/2 ounces natural cheese (examples: cheddar, parmesan)
      2 ounces processed cheese (example: American)
      Proteins: 5 to 5 1/2 Ounces per Day
      1 ounce of protein is equal to:

      1 tablespoon peanut butter
      1/4 cup cooked dried beans
      1 ounce lean meat, poultry or fish
      1 egg
      1/2 cup nuts (12 almonds, 24 pistachios)

      Take Folic Acid
      Folic acid is a B vitamin that helps prevent birth defects of the brain and spinal cord (called neural tube defects). All women of childbearing age should take a multivitamin with 400 micrograms of folic acid every day before pregnancy and during early pregnancy, as part of a healthy diet.

      Your healthy diet should include foods that are good sources of folic acid and folate (the form of folic acid that occurs naturally in food). Examples are:

      Fortified breakfast cereals
      Enriched grain products
      Beans
      Leafy green vegetables
      Orange juice
      Healthy Eating Hints
      Meals: Eat four to six smaller meals a day instead of three bigger ones to help relieve the heartburn and discomfort you feel as your baby grows bigger.

      Snacks: Cheese, yogurt, fruit and vegetables are good, healthy snacks. Peanut butter and nuts are also good, if you aren't allergic to them.

      Liquids: Drink at least six to eight glasses of water, juice or milk every day.

      Vitamins: Take a multivitamin or prenatal vitamin every day. Ask your health care provider if you need to take an iron or calcium supplement, too.

      Caffeine: Limit the caffeine you get each day to 200 milligrams. That's about the amount in one 12-ounce cup of coffee. Caffeine amounts in coffee depend on the brand you drink and how it's made. So check the label on the package, or ask at your coffee shop. Instead of drinking regular coffee, try coffee that's decaffeinated (has a smaller amount of caffeine). Caffeine is also found in tea, chocolate, soda and some over-the-counter medicine. Read labels on food, drinks and medicine to know how much caffeine you're getting.

      Foods to Avoid
      Some foods can make you and your baby sick. Avoid these foods that can cause food poisoning or contain harmful chemicals.

      Raw fish, especially shellfish.

      Soft-scrambled eggs and foods made with raw or lightly cooked eggs.

      Unpasteurized juices.

      Raw sprouts, especially alfalfa sprouts.

      Unpasteurized soft cheeses, such as brie, feta, Camembert, Roquefort, queso blanco, queso fresco and Panela.

      Unpasteurized milk and any foods made from it.

      Herbal supplements and teas.

      Fish that can be high in mercury, like shark, swordfish, king mackerel and tilefish. It's OK for pregnant women to eat a limited amount of fish that have small amounts of mercury. You can eat up to 12 ounces of these fish a week. The 12 ounces can include:

      Shrimp, salmon, pollock, catfish and canned light tuna
      Albacore (white tuna): Don't eat more than 6 ounces of this tuna in one week
      Always check with your local health department before you eat any fish you catch yourself.

      Raw or undercooked meat, poultry, seafood and hot dogs. Deli meats (such as ham and bologna) can cause food poisoning. Avoid them or reheat them before eating.

      Refrigerated pates, meat spreads or smoked seafood. Canned and shelf-stable versions are safe.

      For more information, read Food-borne Risks in Pregnancy and Food Safety.

      Nonfoods
      Never eat nonfood items like clay, starch, paraffin or coffee grounds. Eating these things can cause problems for you and your baby.

  11. QUESTION:
    what can I take for heart burn in the 2nd trimester of my pregnancy?
    I never use to get heart burn it hurts...
    Is it true the baby is growing hair...
    i am only 22 weeks

    • ANSWER:
      The hair thing is an old wives tale. The truth of the matter is that your abdominal cavity is slowly filling with baby and organs (like your stomach) are no longer in their original position. In the case of your stomach, this may cause pooling of the gastric contents in the stomach longer than normal that will lead to some reflux.

      There are numerous over-the-counter remedies, however, many have additives that may be unsafe or, at least, questionable in a pregnant woman. The best thing I have found for heartburn is an oldie, but goodie.

      Take a 6-8oz glass of lukewarm water and stir in a heaping teaspoon of baking soda (not the one in the back of the fridge) until it dissolves. Drink it down fast as it tastes horribly salty. You will give off the biggest burp of your life as the Sodium Bicarbonate neutralizes the stomach acid and creates a gaseous byproduct, salt and water. You will feel better almost instantly.

      Good Luck

  12. QUESTION:
    What can you take when ur prengnat?
    When your head or body hurts or you cant sleep what can you take for it? Im scared to take anything if I cant then that would be alright I know I may have to speak with my doctor about this right?
    *pregnant* sorry I had a long day.

    • ANSWER:
      When it comes to baby's well being, don't take anything without first asking with your own doctor!!!

      I have 6 children, I've had migraines, a few cases of the flu and lot's of heart burn! Not to mention all kinds of aches and pains, especially my back! All while pregnant, so I really know how you feel!!!

      Here are some symptoms and a list of safe over the counter meds that my doctor told me of:

      Cold Symptoms and Hay Fever:

      (If you have high blood pressure, talk to your doctor first)
      Chlor-Trimeton (antihistamine)
      Sudafed (decongestant)
      Actifed (antihistamine and decongestant)

      Cough Symptoms:

      Robitussin or Robitussin DM
      (If sore throat persists, you should call in to the Obstetric Clinic to schedule an appointment for a throat culture.)

      Constipation:

      Docusate (Colace) : 100 mg twice a day
      Metamucil : 1-2 teaspoon with 8 oz juice or water
      Milk of Magnesia - 1-2 Tablespoon every evening
      ***Do not use mineral oil***

      Minor Headache or Body Ache:

      Tylenol or any acetaminophen preparations, 2 tablets or 650 mg every 4 hours
      ***Do not take aspirin during your pregnancy unless instructed to do so by your physician. Aspirin may interfere with blood clotting and cause problems during labor and delivery***
      ***Do not take ibuprofen (such as Advil or Motrin) unless instructed by your physician***
      If headache persists for more than 24 hours, call the Clinic

      Heartburn:

      Tums
      Amphogel
      Gelusil
      Maalox
      ***Do not use baking soda or Pepto bismol***

      Fever or Chills:

      Take your temperature if you feel unusually hot or cold. If you do not have a thermometer try to get one so you can tell the doctor or nurse what your temperature is. If your temperature is above 100.5 call the Clinic. If your temperature is less than 100.5 take Tylenol 650 mg every 4 hours. If your fever lasts longer than 48 hours call your doctor.

      Hope this helps!

      Ps; When I get a migraine this is what helps me: Take 2 Tylenol, Eat a little something boring (a piece of toast for example), Lie down in a dark, very quiet room. Make sure you keep your feet nice and warm. Place a cold damp towel over your eyes and temples. Go to sleep for as long as you need to. For me it really helps when my husband rubs my feet!!!
      To sleep: A nice long soak in warm bath, with candles and soft music gets me really relaxed. Then go to bed with several pillows in whatever position is most comfortable. Sleeping with a fan on is a good way to muffle any unwanted outside noise. Don't try to fall asleep with the tv on, this will make it harder to fall asleep.

      Good luck!!!

  13. QUESTION:
    Is there any possible health risk for short girls' pregnancy?
    I know short people who have completely noraml kids, but doesn't it have any risks? My girlfriend is 150 cm tall. Is her hip big enough for the delivery or is always ceasar's cut used? Won't an average sized baby use her tiny body too much?

    • ANSWER:
      We measure in inches but the only health problem for a short little lady (I am 5') is the heartburn, especially when baby is big ((I had a 9 pounder) and the tummy is shoved way up near your throat, (exaggerating a bit) causing really bad heartburn, which can be relieved with a bit of baking soda in a spoon mixed with tepid water. The less water, the better it works. Honey? Women were designed to do this exact thing, shoot the cavemen ladies didn't even have an obgyn, they just squated and grunted a lot. LOL! Sorry 'bout that! It is true though. Don't worry, if there are complications these days, there is usually a doc right there to do a cesarean. Hope this helps. LOL! :)

  14. QUESTION:
    Has anyone heard of a person craving baking soda during pregnancy and does it affect the baby?

    • ANSWER:
      All baking soda is is sodium. When I was pregnant and had heart burn my husband would mix a teaspoon of baking soda with warm water and I would drink it and throw it right back up, but my heartburn was gone.
      That is not something I would want to crave! YUK.
      You should ask a doctor about that, because of the concentrated sodium intake, it may be harmful to the baby.

      It also may be a condition called PICA. It is an eating disorder.
      http://www.anred.com/pica.html
      That is something serious that should be discussed with a doctor. It can come with pregnancy, but you should really talk to a doctor about it.

      Pica
      Pica includes strong cravings for non-food items. The most frequent are:

      Dirt, clay

      Paint chips, plaster, chalk

      Cornstarch, laundry starch, baking soda

      Cigarette ashes, burnt match heads

      Rust

      Library paste, white glue

      Other items that are not usually considered food. Sometimes items that have significant potential to cause serious physical harm such as needles, nails, broken glass, coins and sharp or rusty pieces of metal

      Pica is usually found in
      Pregnant women

      People whose diets are deficient in minerals contained in the consumed substances

      People who have psychiatric disturbances such as hysteria

      People with developmental disabilities or similar impairments.

      People whose family or ethnic customs include eating certain non-food substances

      People who diet, become hungry, and then try to ease hunger and cravings with low-calorie, non-food substances.

      Pica: facts, theories and discussion
      Some pica is harmless, but if the craved substance is toxic or contaminated (intestinal infections and parasites are particular concerns), or if it blocks the intestines, it can lead to medical emergency and death. Medical evaluation is essential.

      The word "pica" comes from the Latin word for magpie, a bird that is famous for eating anything and everything.

      Perhaps ten to twenty percent of children have pica at some time before adulthood. Almost all outgrow it.

      Depending on the population, zero percent to sixty-eight percent of pregnant women have pica. Those in lower socioeconomic groups seem to have more non-food cravings.

      In some cases, pica is related not to dietary deficiencies but to folk traditions passed on in families or ethnic groups.

      Some people treat clay or dirt eating as a part of daily routine, somewhat like smoking.

      Others believe that eating dirt will help them incorporate magical spirits from the Earth into their bodies.

      Still others believe that certain kinds of clay will suppress morning sickness when eaten.

      Some children with pica may be imitating a pet dog or cat.

      Stress may be a precipitating factor, especially the stress of dieting if the person tries to relieve hunger pangs with non-food substances.

      There is evidence to support the hypothesis that at least some pica is a response to dietary deficiency. Pregnant women, for example, have given up pica after they were treated for iron-deficiency anemia.

      But other cases of pica can cause dietary deficiencies because the consumed substances block absorption of essential nutrients in the intestines.

      A sub-set of people with pica ingest items that could cause significant harm such as nails, knives and broken glass. They should be evaluated for possible mental disorders in which these objects have taken on symbolic meaning and value.

      If pica is a lifestyle choice that does not harm the individual, and if it is not part of an underlying eating disorder or other mental disorder, it can go untreated, but care should be taken to protect against toxic substances such as lead in paint and plaster chips. The person must be alert for symptoms (pain, lack of bowel movements, abdominal bloat and distention) that suggest the substance has formed an indigestible mass that has blocked the intestines. If such is the case, immediate medical attention is necessary.

  15. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of heartburn?
    Just had a baby didn't have heartburn through my pregnancy but now that I've had my baby I can't seem to get rid of it and ITS DRIVING ME INSANE

    • ANSWER:
      Baking soda and water

  16. QUESTION:
    Heartburn during pregnancy remedies?
    I'm 36 weeks along now and the heartburn is crazy! I take tums like candy, they only work for a little while though. I've tried drinking milk with them, which I heard was supposed to help, but again, it only lasts a short while. Is it safe to take baking soda and water during pregnancy?

    Also, any other heartburn remedies you know of, I'm all ears. :)
    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      My doc said I can take Rolaid tablets. Tums don't do anything for me... rolaids work wonders! I take them for nausia, and other tummy pains like indigestion too!!

      Hope this helps! Everyone's different! I'd take everyone's advice and try it once!!

  17. QUESTION:
    What is a safe way to get rid of heart burn while Im pregnant?

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, my OB said "No way!" to baking soda and water or Brioschi, which is basically the same thing.

      Tums, Rolaids, and Mylanta are all safe. You can keep Mylanta in the refrigerator and drink it cold, which sometimes helps.

      But if you really have terrible heartburn, none of those will help. And neither will any of the tips about eating frequent, small meals and not lying down after eating, or elevating your upper body at night, or not wearing anything tight around your middle.

      You should consult with your doctor first, by my OB said that over-the-counter Zantac was perfectly fine. And when my heartburn kept getting worse, she allowed me to take double (or even more) the extra-strength dose.

      When all else fails, your doctor can give you a prescription for Prevacid. I filled that prescription, and never suffered from heartburn again during my pregnancies.

      Good luck.

  18. QUESTION:
    Any tips for pregnancy heartburn?
    I eat small meals, try to sit/stand straight, and sleep on propped pillows, and yet my esophagus is still burning...
    I sip cold water once in a while, but it only stops the burning temporarily.
    Any more ideas?

    Thanks for all answers.
    Ha, I hope my son has lots of hair, as the old wives say.

    I did (and still do) the milk thing, because I like milk (I pick low fat one) but my doc says that milk is actualy acidic?

    • ANSWER:
      Someone said you could take bicarbonate and water. You can't. You can't take baking soda and water, Brioschi, Pepto-Bismul...any of those.

      Yes, you can take Tums or Rolaids. If you're lucky, that's all you'll need.

      Maalox or Mylanta, kept in the fridge, is a good emergency cure. It's safe. (Nurses often give it to women in labor.)

      After that, you need to talk to your doc. My OB allowed me to take Zantac, maximum strength Zantac, and eventually double the max over-the-counter dose.

      And when even THAT didn't work, I got a prescription for Prevacid. (Which was, I have to say, a miracle cure.)

      If you're experiencing really bad heartburn, it's worth mentioning it to your OB anyway as abdominal pain like that can be a symptom of a gallbladder problem or preeclampsia. (But it's probably just wicked heartburn.)

  19. QUESTION:
    What to do about heartburn?
    I swear, it starts earlier and is harder to control everytime. Seriously, only six weeks preggo with my third and my heartburn is already so bad that I am up at 3 in the morning. Anyone have any tips besides meds, only have tums at home and am not headed to the store, so tired I would probably crash my car.

    • ANSWER:
      You can try a about a teaspoon of baking soda in a 8 oz glass of water. It doesn't taste great but sometimes does the trick for me.

      Also, BTDT with the heartburn with all of my pregnancies. It's miserable. Finally, after the sixth pregnancy, I started taking Prilosec (Omeprazole) and it has made a world of difference. It really is a miracle drug. Before I took it, I ate Tums like candy and didn't get much releif. I also discovered they were making me extremely constipated. The Prilosec made all the difference.

      Seriously consider it. I didn't realize how crappy I felt until I quit feeling crappy.

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    • ANSWER:
      tums

  21. QUESTION:
    Baking soda as an antacid? 37 weeks pregnant...?
    I have had the worst heartburn of my life tonight. It is so bad that it is keeping me awake. I ate the last of my Tums a few days ago, so out of desperation I decided to try baking soda. I mixed 1/2 tsp with 4 oz water (as per the directions). My heartburn is much better, but now my stomach feels like it is going to explode. What gives and what can I do?

    • ANSWER:
      Could it be gas? It's a common symptom in late pregnancy. Try getting on all fours, and then lowering your arms down so your elbows are on the ground. You'll look ridiculous with your butt in the air, but it can really help release the gas and give you some relief.

  22. QUESTION:
    Curious here need help with this question?
    Just so you know i do not have any kids or any on the way but i'm almost 20 and have been thinking about them
    Ok My mom says to eat baking soda if my stomach feels sick. just wondering could you give some to a colicy baby or will it hurt them.

    • ANSWER:
      NO! Mom's and grandma's and random ladies on the street will always have certain advice for you to take during the pregnancy to help with certain things, but the only way to know for sure is if you talk to your doctor. You should only trust your doctor when it comes to taking foods or strange things to help with ailments.

      If you're not pregnant right now you shouldn't have to worry about something like this, but just remember in the future about what your mom said. I know that the only medicine I'm allowed to take is tums for heartburn if it gets really bad and tylenol and that's it. So far, I haven't taken any because I don't want to keep taking stuff for something I don't have very much. Headaches go away with naps, and heartburn isn't bad right now.

      Just always double check with your doctor in the future about anything anyone tells you. I had someone suggest to me to take a pill of calcium before bed to calm my baby down and it would help me sleep. My cousin is a nurse at a major hospital and she heard about it and told me absolutely no because it could end up harming the baby instead of doing good. The other person got offended by it but I'd rather not take the chance of hurting my unborn child than taking something to settle it down at night when it's good that they're moving around.

  23. QUESTION:
    is it ok to take baking soda for heartburn during pregnancy?
    I have the most horrendous heartburn, it's really painful and uncomfortable, and it doesn't seem to matter what I eat, when I eat or how much I eat, I'm still crippled with it. I'm not sure if it's pregnancy related or not as I'm only 12 weeks gone and I thought heartburn wasn't an issue till later on in pregnancy? Before I got pregnant if I had heartburn I dissolved half a teaspoon of baking soda in some tepid water and drank it, which really worked, but is it same to do this when I'm pregnant? Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      Personally I wouldn't take anything classed as "home remedy" in pregnancy without first clearing it with the doctor....you can get things like Gaviscon which are highly recommended in pregnancy for heartburn. Definitely get proper medical advice on this one.

  24. QUESTION:
    Baking soda for heartburn...30 weeks?
    I am 30 weeks pregnant and have horrible heartburn. I have been taking baking soda with water a few nights to get rid of it, but today it isn't working. Normally I have a huge burp, and i feel fine...I took some earlier, it did nothing but made me have to throw it up. I took some a little while ago and it worked for like 45 minutes, I burped, and the heartburn was back.

    Is there anything else I can do? Tums work, but only for like an hour, I'm looking for something more permanent...baking soda usually works for 1 day or two.

    • ANSWER:
      try papaya enzyme tablets! they're all natural and taste yummy, and are great for heartburn and i've read, totally safe during pregnancy!!

  25. QUESTION:
    Heartburn? How do you get rid of it?
    My sister is very pregnant and she's tried everything: Milk, Tums, Rolaids, Maalox, Zantac (all safe to have). Any other things that you know of that can work, but safe for pregnancy?

    • ANSWER:
      Prevention, as outlined below, is a primary feature for heartburn management in alternative medicine and traditional medicine. Dietary adjustments can eliminate many causes of heartburn. Herbal remedies include bananas, aloe vera gel, chamomile (Matricaria recutita), ginger (Zingiber officinale), and citrus juices, but there is little agreement here. For example, ginger, which seems to help some people, is claimed by other practitioners to cause heartburn and is thought to relax the LES. There are also many recommendations to avoid citrus juices, which are themselves acidic. Licorice (Glycyrrhiza uralensis) can help relieve the symptoms of heartburn by reestablishing balance in the acid output of the stomach. Several homeopathic remedies are useful in treating heartburn symptoms. Among those most often recommended are Nux vomica, Carbo vegetabilis, and Arsenicum album. Acupressure and acupuncture may also be helpful in treating heartburn. Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) is an inexpensive alternative to use as an antacid. It reduces esophageal acidity immediately, but its effect is not long-lasting and should not be used by people on sodium-restricted diets.

  26. QUESTION:
    Craving baking soda and ice?
    I had bad acid reflux before pregnancy, and two nights ago my acid reflux/heartburn was terrible and I was out of tums so I tried a bit of baking soda in water which really helped but I thought was disgusting at first. Now I'm craving it like crazy (though I'm not eating it), and I've also been eating 8-10 glasses of crushed ice a day for about a week now. I HAVE to have some ice as soon as I get up and crave it all day long. I read that this could be pica, but is it bad to have pica? I'm not eating the baking soda because I dont think that's healthy at all :P but if I'm not giving in to the cravings is it a big deal or should I just ignore it? I guess Im asking if I need to tell my doctor about it or if its not a big deal. I'm 34 weeks by the wya.

    • ANSWER:
      This does sound like PICA...and I agree..you may have low iron levels. When you're craving something this strongly, it's your body's way of telling you it needs something. Def mention it. Did you recently have your third trimester CBC done? Anything weird come up? (I'm 34 weeks too and have severely low iron...I was craving strange things too.)

  27. QUESTION:
    Is it strange to crave baking soda if you're not pregnant?

    No heartburn. I only consume about a tablespoon a day and not everyday either.

    • ANSWER:
      You may have an alkaline - acid imbalance. Do you have a lot of heartburn along with it? I never heard of craving baking soda with pregnancy. §

  28. QUESTION:
    How do u feel in ur third trimester ? :) ?
    I am 31 weeks pregnant and i must say i enjoyed all of it ! Even the sickens... LOL .
    And I am starting to have so many questions about choosing the right birth method. Natural or epidural ........ i know with the pain i will scream for the epidural......but what did u do?.. ...or what do u think the best mothod will be?

    I'm having a sweet baby girl and i can't wait to hold her in my arms!!!

    • ANSWER:
      I am 30 weeks pregnant with a girl :-) I just keep gaining weight...so far I've gained 22 lbs total throughout this pregnancy with eleven lbs just being in this third trimester so far! I hate seeing those numbers on the scale and I can't wait to lose it all! Her heartrate has been healthy this whole pregnancy so far thankfully. She was 2 1/2 lbs a week ago. No stretch marks so far! I have been using Curel Pregnancy & Motherhood. It calms me that I know if she were to be born early she would have a really good chance at surviving as I had the steroid injections at 24 weeks pregnant. I'm still reading up on pregnancy and parenting and one interesting thing I have found is that you should hold babies in one arm for one feeding then in the other arm for the next so the baby can practice looking to the left and to the right. I have noticed I've had shortness of breath due to my growing uterus pressing on my diaphragm. Its harder to fill my lungs and to breathe out completely. My feet swell up now but not standing helps it. Another parenting tip I've read is to rinse out empty bottles as soon as possible and if they have a sour-milk smell, fill the bottles with warm water, add a teaspoon of baking soda, shake well, and let them stand overnight. I'm struggling with anemia---I take a daily vitamin plus two Iron pills daily and still my numbers go down which scares me as it doubles my risk of preterm labor. I know though if my daughter were to be born now she most likely would be able to breathe on her own. I've also noticed I urinate a lot more frequently, realizing that my bladder is squashed and it can't hold as much right now. I'm going to try breastfeeding as its cheaper than formula and I know its better for the baby and it burns more than a lb a week. But if it hurts longer than 2 weeks I'm going to give up because I don't feel I should suffer when I should be enjoying this time in my life. Its so weird but calming knowing my daughter has all 300 of her bones now. Some other symptoms I'm experiencing are Acne, Belly button soreness, Braxton Hicks contractions, Breast enlargement, Constipation, Cramping (abdominal,) Faintness and dizziness, Fatigue, Gas and bloating, Headaches, Heartburn, Hip soreness, Insomnia, Itchiness, Leg cramps, Linea Nigra (vertical line down center of abdomen,) Morning sickness, Pubic bone pain, Rhinitis, Round ligament pain, Sciatica, and Weepiness. Congrats & Good luck!!!

  29. QUESTION:
    "Natural" sodas, please define "real sugar" for me.?
    I hear that they use "real sugar," what is this real sugar that they use? Is it white sugar, or the true stuff? Please tell me!
    To I B - White sugar is BANNED from my home, I do not allow it! I disagree with you, however. Sweeteners may be real (agave nectar, cane sugar, honey, etc.)
    Oh, what I meant by define real sugar for me, I meant like, what does it mean by real sugar? Are the companies lying to me?

    • ANSWER:
      Real suger is straight from the sugar cane, such as Sugar in the Raw, or Florida's Crystals. That is what I use in my baking and it's usually only about two one-eighth cups. (The two main things I bake are banana chocolate chip cookies and banana bread. In both recipes the bananas give the sweetness and in the cookies, the whole bag of Trader Joe's chocolate chips do, too.)

      Whole Foods and Trader Joe's sell natural sodas. One name brand that comes to mind is Hansen's. I used to buy that with my first pregnancy. About ten months into my second pregnancy, I find the Natural Sierra Mist, which I stilld didn't drink often, just when my generic Prilosec was not helping my pregnancy heartburn. Also, a couple of weeks ago, we went to the Detroit area to do some shopping and see some friends. While there, we went to Great Baraboo Brewery. My husband asked about drinks for our daughter and we discovered Goose Island Root Beer. Being beer people, my husband and I were familiar with the beer, but did not know about the sodas. We ordered two, and it was quite good. (Our local meat market sells real soda as well.)

      However, since my pregnancy, I still don't drink much soda, as it's still soda. (I do drink beer, though. If I'm going to drink my calories, I'm going to make it worthwhile.)

      White sugar isn't necessarily banned, but we don't use it much. My husband has used it for a few things, but not often.

  30. QUESTION:
    Is this a pregnancy symptom? kinda weird...?
    I've been having alot of pregnancy symptoms like the sore breast, slight temperature, morning sickness, and a little pain in my stomach but lately ive been having gas. Like...if i lay down in my room and watch tv all of a sudden I smell something and I think maybe its coming from the trash but i smell it so often now and i think im passing gas silently. Its deadly too, the smell is horrible! Im not trying to be nasty or funny, but is that a symptom of being pregnant?

    • ANSWER:
      Welcome to the wonderful world of pregnancy!!! it's something that you ate but cause you are preggo it's worse...Garlic always did it to me and I ate a half a loaf of garlic bread a day, I know bad, and I craved baking soda, GREAT for heartburn (in moderation) 1/2 of a teaspoon in a small glass of warm water, drink fast, tastes a lil nasty, you'll burp for a minute or two and all heart burn is gone...ha ha ha good luck

  31. QUESTION:
    why do i get awful heartburn when i take a pill without water?
    Im on zoloft and imipramine for anxiety and post partem depression, and i took my meds without water in the car today. Within minutes i had the most awful heartburn in my life. And i had plenty of heartburn during the pregnancy, and this is much more painful. Is it possible that they just got stuck in my esophagus and disolved there instead of my stomach? Ive eaten a handful of tums, i chugged baking soda and water (sick), i even threw up in the hopes that all the acid or whatever would just get the hell out of me. I feel like my chest is on freakin fire. This actually isnt the first time this has happened (you'd think i'd learn) so i know this isnt just a random attack. Its because i took the meds without water. Also, if anyone knows a cure, please let me know. Im freakin miserable!

    • ANSWER:
      If it did dissolve in the esophagus it could cause damage to the surface so you may have to wait for it to heal
      and please don't do it again!

  32. QUESTION:
    Very mixed signs! Am I pregnant?
    I recently started birth control pills on Oct. 19th, during my period (the doctor told me I could start them during) which had started on the 16th of that month. Me and my boyfriend have had sex about 2 times after that, on the 24th or 25th, and again on the 31st. Every time we had sex we used a condom, nothing went wrong (it didn't break, fall off, etc.), and he always pulls out regardless.

    Since about Tuesday I've had frequent urination. I got tested for a UTI, but it came back negative. The doctors told me to just drink alot of fluids and take baths with baking soda.

    Starting about yesterday I noticed my back feels a little stiff or sore, like it needs to be cracked. But this could also be due to the fact that I had been up for nearly 24 hours and had an extreme lack of sleep.

    This is more than likely my imagination/paranoia, but my areolas may have gotten darker. My chest doesn't seem much bigger, but again, this could just be paranoia, because I am constantly looking at them and checking on them. I have also been feeling them constantly to check if they hurt, which now when I press down on them with some pressure they ache a little, but I have done this to myself before where I have caused my chest to ache from feeling it too much.

    I went to WomanKind and had a pregnancy test done, but they want me to come back Wednesday just to be sure. I went to Planned Parenthood to see about my switching birth control pills, since I have gained some weight (was around 111-113, now I'm around 117-119), and have been slightly emotional, which are both common side effects of the pill I'm on. I also told her about my frequent urination, and she decided to have me take a pregnancy test, which also came back negative.

    I have taken several home tests that all come back negative.

    I'm experiencing no other pregnancy symptoms (morning sickness, headaches, heartburn, constipation, spotting/light bleeding, or feeling faint or light headed).

    How likely is it for me to be pregnant? Do you think I am pregnant?

    • ANSWER:
      I don't see any mixed signs - you are almost certainly not pregnant.

      Congratulations!

  33. QUESTION:
    Bad dr's visit. Advice please.?
    I am 38.6 wks pregnant and had to see a nurse today b/c my dr is on vacation. I have been having really bad BH contractions for sometime now but they got really bad a couple days ago. I have had EXTREME pain due to round ligaments and the baby moving. Sometimes I can't walk. I went in today and I am very upset. The nurse didn't even check me with my feet in the stir-ups and she said I was 1cm. The last two wks my dr said that I was 3 1/2 cm! Can you go backwards? Also she was rushing me around and I think it's b/c I am not one of her patients. I have been crying since I left. I am so sick of being pregnant! I have had migraines, SPD, and heartburn so bad that I have to drink baking soda water to keep from vomiting! This is my second pregnancy and I love being a mom but I HATE being pregnant. I just can't wait to see my little girl so that I will forget about all of this! They say you miss being pregnant but I won't and I didn't with my first!

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, you are soooo close! Hang in there! You do not need stirrups to perform a sterile vaginal exam. As for the discrepency in exams, you will have to discuss that with your physician, but truly it doesn't matter since you aren't actually in labor yet. Your nurse was very insensative and probably did rush you, they get so used to the "job", that they forget the patients. You need to be your own advocate and let them know what you need. It is unfortunate that you have to tell your health care providers to pay attention to you, but sometimes you have to.

      Here is the good news. You are almost there. You WILL go into labor soon, and it will be great. At 39 weeks, it seems like you can't go on, I know. But hang in there. A weird bit of advice, try fresh pineapple. I am a labor nurse and have NEVER heard this. But I did it with my third pregnancy when I was 39+4 and the next day I went into labor! HOLY COW! I can't believe it worked!

      Get a pedicure. That will make you feel better atleast for a little while. I loved having my feet massaged when I was as big as a house and couldn't reach my toes! Good luck

  34. QUESTION:
    Massive heartburn at 12 weeks 5 days?
    I swear I feel like I'm starting to live on Rolaids. On a plus side my body has probably never seen so much calcium. No matter what I eat I get heart burn. My cousin made me a homemade lasagna, which never gave me heart burn before, and she used baking soda to help naturalize the acid. After eating just a few bites I felt on fire. It's coming to a point where I eat a piece of chocolate and get heart burn. My mom has told me to ask my doctor to put me on some medication called protonix (not sure if I'm spelling correctly). She said she took that while pregnant with me and she didn't have heart burn the rest of her pregnancy. Has anyone taken any sort of prescribed medication for heart burn during pregnancy? Any information is appreciated, thank you.

    • ANSWER:

  35. QUESTION:
    What is a safe tummy medicine to use when you are pregnant? I have Pepto Bismol and Emetrol..safe?

    • ANSWER:
      Your doctor should give you a list of safe medications to take while pregnant you should really call and ask. My OB said Tums, Mylanta, Maalox, Zantac HB and Pepcid AC are safe. If you have heartburn, which is common in pregnancy mix a spoonful of Baking Soda with a cup of water and drink. It tastes nasty but works better than Tums.

  36. QUESTION:
    Home remedies for heartburn?
    I've already taken Gaviscon a couple of times today. Its worked for a while but then it wore off. Does anyone know of anything that could work? Thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      I use a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water and it works wonders, I couldn't have got through my pregnancy without it!

  37. QUESTION:
    31 weeks prego and just have a couple questions?
    So first off the baby dropped today(i think...i will know for sure tomorrow at the OB appointment) and when ever i walk i get this sharp pain right on the creases between my vagina and thigh. Also when i lay down(at all..no matter which way) i get really bad mid back pain. Is this all normal because im seriously ready to scream. Also if you have any advice about how to get rid of really major heartburn i would appreiciate it. (i get really bad heartburn every morning and night. ive tried tums, zantac, baking soda with water and none of them work. Any other ideas?)No i havent had any contractions or anything of the sort.

    • ANSWER:
      The chiropractor may be able to help the inner hip pain, but most likely you'll just have to live with it. It's caused by the hormones opening you up stretching the pelvis for birth. The upside of all this elastin and pregnancy pain is that you will probably be able to easily birth a very big baby if need be, Your pelvis has more give than average. Midback pain-try laying on a pillow. Move pillows around until you find a way to relieve it. Some women take up the whole bed needing 4 or 5 pillows and a spouse who'll let you drape your leg over him! LOL! If that doesn't work, tell your Dr., the chances of anything being wrong are remote though. Heartburn, mine was always caused by too much grease especially shortening and even a trace of trans fats. Read the label and avoid anything that says hydrogenated. You can also eat smaller more frequent meals.

  38. QUESTION:
    pregnant and horrible heartburn?
    Im 15 weeks and i have horrible heartburn... any ideas how to get rid of it.. and i cant stand tums.. i never could stand them.. and i try them now i just throw them up

    • ANSWER:
      Zantac is the ONLY effective and proven method to keep it at bay and is 100% pregnancy friendly!

      Baking soda and water helps heaps too!

  39. QUESTION:
    heart Problem Heart Burn?
    IM 18 years old i keep thinking im gonna have a heart attack my name is Ben old ive been checked over 100 times for Heart problems including EKG ECG Echo and Nuclear.. Nothing found.. why do i get sharp pains in my chest area upper left side where i think the heart is at it hurts sometimes sometimes its just bothersome ive been taking Prisolec OTC it has helped somewhat and for Heart burn I THINK i hope its just hearrt burn i gargle with a little bit of Bakin Soda and Warm water Mixed Tell its dissosolved it does help.. But how can i permnintley get rid of my chest pains.. they are bothersome and cause my to have panic attack which in turn make me want to call EMS services.. which i have.. i am running out of time on my insurance and if i have to call EMS again they will charge over 500 dollars and i will have to pay for that i am scared that it could still be my heart or bad cause of GERD if so.. why am i getting these chest pains and why am i suffering these chest pains i am tired of them and i wan't them to go away Permaninity i am eating less acid foods and no Fatty foods for months but i continue to have *what i hope is heart burn and not Heart problems I've been checked a trillion times and they have always found nothing wrong with my heart.. they say its healthy and the functions on it are healthy to.. so i don't know what to do.. The chest pains continue and My Chest hurts but does somewhat get better after taking a half teaspoon of baking soda in combination of Prilosec im 18 years old They haven't found a problem with my heart nor do i have high blood pressure and low cholesterol they have done a complete blood count CBC and have found every level to be normal.. so i don't know what it is its bothersome and causes me to have chronic anxiety ... and panic attacks 18 and im worried that im going to have one soon and im also exercising...these chest pains sometimes go to my arm... and hurt there but ONLY in the arm not in the chest at the same time this has been happening for about 5 months now and i am sick of it if these chest pains do not stop i think i am going to go insane i just want to live a normal happy Un Chest pain side Life if you guys can explain About heart burn or GERD symptoms please be as specific as possible.. I know about heart problem symptoms and i do not have them.. Thank my lord..

    I am Scared of these chest pains i can't seem to get rid of em no madder what i take or do... does this sound Very Serious?

    • ANSWER:
      What Causes Heart Burn?

      Heart burn is caused by a faulty muscle in the stomach. There is a "flap" at the top of the stomach that stops food from traveling back up into the esophagus. Sometimes the flap doesn't work properly and stomach acid escapes from the stomach. When the acid escapes, heart burn occurs.

      Factors that contribute to heart burn: pregnancy, smoking, eating large meals, being overweight, and wearing tight clothing around the waist.
      http://www.mamashealth.com/stomach/hertburn.asp

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heartburn

  40. QUESTION:
    Heartburn question/help?
    In the United States, almost 50% of the population has heartburn at least once a month; 7% have it daily. Heartburn is even more common during pregnancy, with about 1 in 4 women reporting it daily at some point during their pregnancy. Statistics on acid indigestion are difficult to find because the definition is vague, but it's probably almost as common as heartburn. What is the difference between heartburn and acid indigestion? What are some preventions and treatments for each?

    • ANSWER:
      They're the same thing. Look up Gastroesophogeal Reflux Disease, or GERD. That's what it's called when you get it daily. Heartburn or acid indigestion is known as acid reflux.
      Many people who have GERD take a daily pill for it, called a proton-pump inhibiter, that helps decrease the amount of acid the stomach produces.
      Other preventions include not eating anything spicy or too acidic, like tomatoes. You can also sleep with the head of your bed elevated.
      Some people think that GERD is actually caused by an allergy to a certain food. They say if you eliminate the allergen, i.e. stop eating what you're allergic to, the GERD will go away.
      Sometimes GERD is caused by a hiatal hernia. This means part of the stomach squishes out where it's not supposed to, so the acids don't stay put like they're supposed to. This is sometimes corrected with surgery.
      To treat occasional acid reflux, some Tums or other antacid work fine. If you haven't got any of these, and you've got bad heartburn, take a Tb of baking soda and mix it into a small cup of water. Then drink this. It's revolting, but it really works. You'll have a bunch of burps because the baking soda neutralizes the acid and releases gas.
      Hope this helps.

  41. QUESTION:
    Heartburn during pregnancy!?! ?
    I'm 37 weeks pregnant... I ate some Japanese food tonight, which was stir-fry that was only zucchini & onions, with their ginger salad dressing on a salad... I now have the worst heartburn... it's been going on for like five hours. Are all three safe to eat during pregnancy... zucchini, onions, and ginger? Any idea's on how to help it, I've taken tums and drank sprite... do any of those things effect the baby?

    • ANSWER:
      this may sound extremely nasty but it is safe some baking soda dissolved in warm water if you can't bring yourself to drinking that drink a glass of milk, and sit up for atleast half and hour. If the heart burn continues drinka little more milk and stay sitting up

  42. QUESTION:
    remedys for heartburn . 24 weeks pregnant?
    its burning so much. ive drank some milk but nothing .
    thanks in advance

    • ANSWER:
      Try yogurt or papaya. You could also try mixing baking soda and apple cider vinegar together until it's bubbling and drinking that.

      This article has some other good ideas for dealing with pregnancy heartburn.

      http://www.theonlybabystop.com/pregnancyheartburn.html

  43. QUESTION:
    Home Remedy for Heartburn/Indegestion?
    I am 8 and a half months pregnant and have TERRIBLE heartburn, and no antacid tablets (live in regional area and all the shops are closed!) I've tried drinking milk which worked while i was drinking the milk but afterwards it returned with a vengance, i've been drinking lots of water and i'm so uncomfortable i'm getting desperate! Any other ideas?
    Should mention that I've never really had heartburn before, this is a first for me, I"m not lying down and don't have any of the usual suspects of the causes of heartburn with the exception of having a whopping great baby wreaking havoc on my internal organs!

    • ANSWER:
      Congratulations Rae! There are a few schools of thought as to why people get heartburn. 1- not enough good flora or bacteria in your stomach, 2- too much acidity, 3- believe it or not, too little acidity. With your pregnancy in mind then, there are 3 possible things that could work. For me, baking soda neutralizes stomach acid so quickly, it's like a miracle when I'm in pain - and if I am going to throw up, IT STOPS IT! Then, if it's that you need good bacteria in your stomach, good old yogurt with live bacteria is both healthy for you and baby, and therefore potentially helpful. Lastly; and obviously be careful with this one as you know your body better; believe it or not, cayenne pepper has "capsaicin," a substance that blocks the bodies production of something called "Substance-P" which is scientifically proven to be the carrier of pain signals to the brain, therefore until the body can replenish it's supply of Substance-P, pain will be minimized. While all have their logic and merit, I would still recommend baking soda as the safest, fastest, sure fire way...just a half to whole teaspoon in 6-8 ounces of water and that's it. By the way, if you are very acidic, when you drink the mixture, it will taste sweeter than you would think. That's it neutralizing your acid, so the sweeter the taste, the more acidic you've been. Hope it helps:)

  44. QUESTION:
    14 weeks pregnant with TERRIBLE heartburn/acid reflux. Does anyone have any advice or home remedies?
    I have tried everything imaginable! I had this problem before I was pregnant but it seemed to subside for awhile, up until earlier this week. Now it is unbearable! I've tried everything that is "safe" to take during pregnancy but none of it is helping in the least. I've been trying to eat bland foods too, but I've been experiencing extreme nausea (I'm on Zofran now and it helps a lot) and some of those foods just turn my stomach, like crackers- blah!. I don't see my doctor until next week and I need some suggestions, PLEASE!

    • ANSWER:
      Yes I can relate....an effective and cheap method to get relief, is to stir one heaped teaspoon of Bi-Carb Soda (baking Soda) in half a glass of water..when it is totally dissolved drink it.....you will burp a lot but the pain will go.
      If you want to, you could drink half a glass of milk immediately after the Bi-Car....to take away the taste.

      EDIT...EDIT...Did you try my remedy...I know it works?

  45. QUESTION:
    H0w can i relive heartbun durring pregnancy?
    So i jus found out i was pregnant 48 hours ago. :D one of the obviouse signs for me was frequent urination and heartburn from hell!!!! is it safe for me to take prilosec or should i continue to jus take antacid tablets.those work jus have to take like 6 an hour those r safe right? i am a first time expecting mommy :) btw i am 21 goin on 22 if that matters?????
    i was not expecting this pregnancy at all :| i get heartburn on occassion before but this last few weeks have been a killer :( i even get it when i have had nutin to eat jus shows up. :(

    • ANSWER:
      Here are some guidelines to help you understand which heartburn medicines are appropriate to use during pregnancy. (As with any medication, get the okay from your healthcare provider first.)

      Your first line of defense should probably be chewable antacids made from calcium carbonate (sometimes just called "calcium" on the label). Fast, portable, and effective, they may be all you need. Some of them even taste pretty good.

      Antacids containing magnesium hydroxide or magnesium oxide are also a good choice during pregnancy. These come in tablet or liquid form.

      Bear in mind that swallowing any liquid, even the liquid you need to wash down a tablet, will cause your stomach to do what it does naturally: produce digestive juices – including acid, the very thing you're trying to reduce. So it's best to swallow tablets with as little liquid as possible when you're having trouble with heartburn.

      All of these antacid medicines work by neutralizing the acid that's already in your stomach and causing you pain. Chewable and liquid antacids act much more quickly than tablets because they're already dissolved. You can experiment to see which type works most effectively for you.

      Avoid antacids that list aluminum (such as aluminum hydroxide or aluminum carbonate) as an ingredient. Aluminum can be constipating and, in large doses, toxic. So even though these products are probably safe when used occasionally at the recommended dosage, they're not your best choice when pregnant.

      Remedies containing aspirin (such as Alka-Seltzer) should also be avoided during pregnancy. Aspirin may be listed on a label as salicylate or acetylsalicylic acid.

      Also steer clear of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), which is sold as an antacid in tablet form, and sodium citrate. Both are high in sodium, which causes water retention. And if you're far enough along in your pregnancy to have gone into a panic trying to remove rings from your swollen fingers or looked down in horror at a pair of puffy ankles, you'll understand why that's the last thing you want right now.

      Remember that even the chewable antacids that come in yummy fruit flavors are medicine. If you find yourself popping more of them than recommended, you may want to ask your provider about using something more effective and longer lasting, usually called an "acid reducer." Instead of neutralizing your stomach acid like antacids do, acid reducers actually stop your stomach from producing most of the acid it normally would.

      Acid reducers won't help with the acid already in your stomach, so they work best when taken before a meal. Some acid-reducing medications are a combination of an acid reducer (such as famotidine) and an antacid (such as calcium carbonate or magnesium hydroxide), so they can provide immediate relief from the acid that's already distressing you and reduce further acid production for up to 12 hours.

      Some acid reducers are available over-the-counter and others require a prescription. All are currently considered safe to take during pregnancy, even during the first trimester. But new research is happening all the time, so be sure to ask your healthcare provider to go over the potential risks and benefits of taking any of these drugs.

  46. QUESTION:
    Artificial insemination & these symptoms! ?
    Last thursday I had artificial insemination. These are the following symptoms I developed; sever heart burn, always hungry it feels like I am hungry all the time :( drop in my body temperature ( not too much) my stomach has always been warm, now I don't find it to be warm at all ! I am tired, and I feel giddy sometimes. People on the phone tell me that I am breathing heavily as if I am tired after a workout. I feel bloted and difficult in bowl movement! what are the side effects of artificial insemination? Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like pregnancy. Take a teaspoon of baking soda and put it in a glass of water and drink it down for upset stomach & heartburn. According to the Chinese, pregnancy is a wet or cold damp invasion of the body, which will make you colder. Slow down on your workouts and things will probably straighten out! For the difficult bowell movement use Metamucil or the Wal Mart brand!

      Watch how much you eat, because you don't want to gain to much weight!!!

  47. QUESTION:
    Could I have chronic heartburn?
    Kinda long.

    So back at the end of 2008 I started having very bad chest/upper abdominal pains. I mean really bad. Pain would last for 5minutes-30minutes and the pain would be so intense I couldn't hold back from crying and just hardly being able to handle it. I only had what really seemed like heartburn a few times in my pregnancy, and afterwards (end of 08') I haven't felt anything similar. Just pain, no burning or anything.

    It feels like someone is sitting on my chest/upper stomach. It's a lot of pressure and mixed with intense pain. I get these pains about 3-5x a week, sometimes less and sometimes a couple of times a day. The pain gets so bad that every time I get them I feel like I'm about to pass out. I get very light-headed, dizzy and just sometimes can't keep my eyes open. The pain goes to my back and it's another very intense pain, and that pain lasts for about 10minutes after.

    Nothing seems to trigger this. I don't eat a lot of fatty or greasy foods, but sometimes when I do I can and sometimes don't get it. When I eat the opposite I been known to get and not get these pains. When I hardly eat at all for a day or two I get and sometimes don't get the pains. Their so random. I was on prescription prilosec, I use Tums almost daily, had x-rays, ekg, biopsy, had my gallbladder removed because I had a lot of stones April of 2009 and it didn't help at all.

    My doctor and his PA tell me it's heartburn but not severe/chronic heartburn so I can't get anything for it but this isn't normal I think. It's so often and the pain is so bad. Note, I have an almost 3year-old to take care of and who is with me all the time. These pains interfere with it more than it sounds like.

    Has anyone else been through this? If it's chronic heartburn is there a good OTC for it? What can I do?
    My doctor said he tested me for acid reflux when he did the biopsy and took samples. He said my stomach lining was inflamed but if it's not now, I just don't know. :( Prilosec never worked for me so maybe another OTC?
    What kind of specialist? I've been to the ER several times from almost blacking out from the pains, seen GI doctors, and my doctor and his PA. :(

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like Acid Reflux and I actually use Prilosec and Gaviscon. When I experience I get that horrible chest pain as well that makes me cry. It actually feel like someone is stabbing me with a spear right between the shoulder blades and out through my chest. I also experience a horrible lump in my through, like a thick ball of phlegm, I just can't get rid of. Not by swallowing, or coughing or anything. It's the most horrible sensation ever when it happens. Fortunately I can usually tell when it's coming so before it gets to bad I'll chew a few Gaviscon tablets and take a Prilosec and providing I haven't waited to long after it's started, it usually stops it in its tracks.

      Hmm...then perhaps Nexium in place of Prilosec? What about Maalox or Mylanta? These usually aren't strong enough to work for me when a really bad case flares up but maybe they'll work for you. I also was reading that Baking soda and water can help as well as Sprite since the Baking soda and carbonation in the Sprite can help neutralize the acid that's built up. Baking Soda is also a gas reliever. My only other suggestions might be Pepcid AC or Zantac.

      I know when I experienced my first reflux attack I scheduled an appointment with my family doctor the very next day. She gave Prilosec to take, granted I didn't take one tablet every day like I was directed. I actually only took one that day and maybe one the next day but stopped because I felt better. I didn't have another attack until a few months later and ironically enough I hadn't even eaten I was outside walking at my neighbor hood park when it just hit out of nowhere. Literally one second I was fine and the next I could feel it coming on. My mouth started watering, Phlegm started building up in my mouth and down my throat. I tried to continue my walk but I kept having to stop every few feet to cough and spit and then finally so much phlegm built up that cough was causing me to feel like I had to throw up so I literally had to high tail it back to my car and back home which fortunately was only maybe 5 minutes away since I had a mouth full of phlegm that I couldn't spit out right then. I got home ran inside my apartment. Spit in the toilet then immediately took a Prilosec. Within 10 minutes or so I was feeling much better.

      My only suggestion at this point if you've already seen your family doctor and a GI doctor is to perhaps see if you can find some more GI doctors on line and just try to contact them through email or on the phone. Tell them that you've tried several local doctors to know avail and ask them if they can recommend you some alternatives.

      In the mean time here's some informational links on the causes of heartburn/acid reflux. Maybe there's something listed that can help you.

      http://heartburn.about.com/od/whatcausesheartburn/Heartburn_Causes_Causes_of_Acid_Reflux.htm

      http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/gerd/

      http://www.stomachachesol.com/

      http://familydoctor.org/online/famdocen/home/common/digestive/disorders/087.html

  48. QUESTION:
    Heart burn?
    I have had a fair bit of heart burn during my pregnancy but nothing as bad as the last few days. I am 40 weeks and 5 days my baby is fairly big so I guess he/she is pushing up and causing this heartburn. I have taken rolaids and diovol today but nothing is working what should I do I can't get any damn sleep. I have even tried a couple of glasses of milk. thanks for your help.

    • ANSWER:
      Oh poor you... I was right there during the last six weeks!

      Bread helped - it absorbed the acid - but GOOD bread, not Wonderbread, Also plain white rice, ENO brand fizzy frink, Peppermint or Ginger Tea, baking soda in water, Tums... Arrowroot crackers. Try sleeping wit h your head raised up -Stick a couple of bricks under the head of your bed. And remember - it's only another week or so.

      Congrats and Cheers!

  49. QUESTION:
    Heart Burn?
    right now I am in to my 7th week of Pregnancy.. since last week I am going thru sever heart burn.. feel as though just sip of water is also casing heart burn.. I am constant hungry because of it.. had to eat totally mild food.. being a Indian I hate mild food.. body is carving for delicious food but was not able to eat

    This is my second Preg.. I don't remember having heart burn except may be during last few weeks during the last one..

    my questions to those who hv gone thru this are..

    Is this going to continue thru out the rest of Pregnancy?
    Can I take medicines? if so pls suggest some..
    can you recommend some food..

    Thanks in advance..

    • ANSWER:
      It could just be an early pregnancy thing. Some women experience it for a small period of time and some the whole pregnancy, so only time will tell on that part.

      You can take Tums, I eat them like candy as I'm constantly battling heartburn. If that doesn't work try drinking a small glass of milk and eating a piece of bread. Or try a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water, sounds gross but works.

      Normally when you are pregnant it doesn't matter what you eat, if you're going to get heartburn, you'll get it. Just try eating smaller portions and eating slower. I've learned that if I take my time eating, that I fair better with not getting heartburn.

  50. QUESTION:
    acid reflux really bad...?
    im 35 weeks pregnant with my first and through out my pregnancy i have been getting acid reflux allot but for the last couple of months i have been getting it really bad and it really hurts so my question is what do you do to get rid of it like to make it stop i know we can take "tums" but i don't want to take medication for it i just want to know if there is any home remedies that you have tried that DO WORK
    some people have told me that milk takes it away but i have tried it and it doesn't do anything so have you tried anything what do you do for yours??

    • ANSWER:
      Its good that you are trying to stay away from medicine due to the pregnancy. I have been dealing with the same problem for the past 10years, but have been on prilosec for over a year now. It the best medicine out there for acid reflux/heartburn but you should definitely discuss with your doctor before taking it. I have tried all sort of home remedies but it doesnt help that much. As you mentioned, milk is really good. Try staying away from acidic fruit juices, spicy food and oily foods. I have noticed that those are the acid inducers. I am not sure if baking soda is safe for pregnant women, but its also really good for acid reflux/heartburn. "1/2 teaspoon in 1/2 glass water". Also avoid eating right before bedtime, it really helps. Good luck, and i hope it helps!!!!!!!


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