Heartburn In Late Pregnancy

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Is there anything that works for heartburn later in pregnancy?
    I am 35 weeks with twins and I have terrible heartburn ALL THE TIME. I know this is just a part of pregnancy I have to deal with, but is there anything that helps? I am only getting about three hours of sleep every night because of this. My doctor gave me a prescription for pepcid. It worked for a while, but i think my body is use to it now or something because it does not work at all anymore. Any help would be appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      Two home remedies I have heard for heartburn are drink water which dilutes the acid or eat plain bread which soaks up the acid. I have also heard that eating smaller, more frequent meals keeps the stomach from getting too full and therefore cuts down on heartburn. I hope you feel better and best of luck with your twins.

  2. QUESTION:
    Is it okay to have late morning sickness?
    im 27 weeks pregnant right now and have been getting sick. at first i thought it was just heartburn but now im just getting sick. some days im okay when i dont do to much and others i cant keep anything down. does anyone else have late pregnancy morning sickness? and what did you do to help it?

    • ANSWER:
      I had morning sickness nearly all the way through with my first son, keep off greasy foods, i was advised to eat little and often. I also used Settlers Tums (they are the fruit-flavoured ones) Drink plenty of milk and get plenty of sleep. If you are really worried about this visit your GP. Hope this helps.

  3. QUESTION:
    First Pregnancy, when did the baby drop into position for you?
    Hey ladies, I have heard that in late pregnancy baby drops down into the birthing position or lighting effect that makes breathing little easier and might help with awful heartburn. I am 38 weeks and I havnt noticed that yet. This is my first pregnancy, Any input on when it happened for you guys??

    • ANSWER:
      My son never dropped until I was in labor (exactly 38 weeks) .... I kept waiting and waiting for it to happen. Never did until the very last hours!

  4. QUESTION:
    Are these normal symptoms for late pregnancy or a sign of labor?
    My wife is 38 weeks pregnant. Today, she lost some of her mucus plug. She has been having a lot of contractions, but they aren't every three to five minutes apart and they aren't too bad. She gets to the point to where the pain gets so bad she can't even stand up. Also she is having constant heartburn, and when she usually has it it's not constant. Any suggestions for the pain or what this may sound like?

    • ANSWER:
      It could be Braxton Hicks ('fake contractions') or the beginning of labor.
      When I went into labor with my son my contractions were 5 minutes apart; that is when I headed for Labor and Delivery.

      I also lost pieces of my mucous plug at 38 weeks .. but my son was still born 1 week LATE! .. he was born at 41 weeks.

      The Braxton Hicks can last for weeeeeeks!

      Have her call her OB's office and tell them everything that is going on; they can tell her whether or not they're braxton hicks or real contractions.

      (they will tell her to time them .. then call back when they're 5 minutes apart .. but it's still better to hear it from a Professional =]

  5. QUESTION:
    What are the signs of pregnancy. I dont want to do the urine test because I dont want to be disappointed?
    I am about 20 days late on my period, but this is a common thing for me to miss cycles. We are trying to get pregnant and I am trying to find signs in my body to tell me whether I am pregnant or not. I decided to wait a couple of weeks before taking the pregnany test but I'd like to know :-D
    What are some common early signs that ladies out there experienced?

    • ANSWER:
      Your period stops or becomes very light.
      You may feel nausea or queasiness. Some women vomit. ("Morning sickness" can happen any time of day)
      Your breasts swell and may be tender.
      Your nipples and the area around the nipples (areola) get darker and broader.
      You have to urinate more often.
      You feel tired.
      You may become constipated and have heartburn
      You may have headaches.
      You experience mood swings -- feel angry, sad, or happy for no reason.
      Implantaion bleeding and cramping

      Hon, i know exactly what it's like to take a test, get a negative result and be totally crushed! my husband and i tried for 3 yrs to get pregnant. BUT it happened. you can't hide away wishing it were so..you must TEST.
      if you want to feel like you have more control of the situation and your test shows that your not pregnant, i would suggest getting some home ovulation kits. they help you chart when you are ovulating and that way you will know exactly when to have sex in order to have a better chance at pregnancy.
      my husband and i tried (like i said) for 3yrs, about 2 1/2 yrs without the ovulation kits, mostly because i too didn't want to be disappointed. BUT i got over that, and got serious. 6 months after charting my ovulation we were pregnant! i have a beautiful daughter w/him (our first together, we each have a son from a pervious marriage as well). so when we wanted another child i used those kits!! and 2 months after trying we were pregnant again!

      don't give up, don't get discouraged, and DON'T wait around because your scared! take control!

  6. QUESTION:
    What are the chances of me being pregnant?
    I'm 18 years old. Two times in the past 3 weeks, I had unprotected sex, and he came inside me. I have a calender that shows when I'm supposed to ovulate and when I'm supposed to start my period. But I know it might not always be right. The first time we had sex, it was a week after my ovulation was supposed to end. Then a week later after that. I know being worried about being pregnant will make your mind invent symptoms, but the past week or so I've had horrible heartburn, only at night. That's odd, because I've very rarely ever had heartburn. Then I've had diarrhea and cramps the past couple days, but those are signs of both early pregnancy and an oncoming menstrual cycle. The calender says I am 5 days late for my period. And that's kind of odd too, because I think I'm usually very regular. But I haven't had any other symptoms. No tender breasts or morning sickness. Could I possibly be pregnant? What are the chances? If I was pregnant, wouldn't I have more obvious symptoms? The only thing I have to go on is the heartburn and late period. Heartburn is very weird for me, especially for multiple nights in a row. Late periods can be common though. But if I am pregnant, it would be only two weeks in... Input?

    • ANSWER:
      You can most certainly be pregnant. 5 days is a long time to miss your period... Lets say you start your period on the first and it ends the 6, you have sex the 7th to the 14th, 14th through 28 you typically ovulate, and you have sex then, or perhaps you have sex 27th through 2-9 before your next period begins, you still can get pregnant... The only time it's rare to get pregnant is before ovulation. I know I probably confused you...

      Lets make it simple, 5 days and still no period, I'd take a pregnancy test. Not all women show symptoms. Don't forget, usually or never a false positive.

  7. QUESTION:
    How many days late before you really start to think you're pregnant?
    I don't wanna waste money on a test cause I've done that before and then started the next day. I'm two days late today, but my period is usually pretty regular. Should I be worried?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm in the same boat as u, I'm 3 days late have been having common pregnancy symptoms, but I've taken 2 pregnancy tests & they've both turned out negative. I suggest u wait 2 weeks before taking a test, I myself am gonna do just that. The symptoms I've been having are really sore boobs, a bit of cramping in the lower abdomen, a little lower backache, feeling nauseous & suffering with heartburn (I've never suffered with that in my life) obviously the missed period, needing to pee more often, & some headaches too. Have u felt any of these symptoms? Wait 2 weeks then take a HPT if there's still no arrival of AF. Good luck, & baby dust if you're trying. :)

  8. QUESTION:
    What were your first symptoms of pregnancy?
    My hubby and I are actively trying for baby #2. My period is due in about 5 days. I have had severe heartburn for 3 days but that's it. There are no other symptoms. Is this normal and would heartburn even happen this early? I know I am not imagining the heartburn either, because its killing me! Any advice?? Did anyone show symptoms 9dpo?

    • ANSWER:
      First symptom was missing my period. However, heartburn doesn't usually show up until way later. Baby isn't big enough to be causing problems at this point, and you don't have the surge of hormones you get until later.

      http://www.babycenter.com/0_heartburn-during-pregnancy_242.bc

  9. QUESTION:
    Whats the difference between period symptoms and pregnancy symptoms?
    I'm about two days late on my period. I'm craving a lot of food, i'm moody, and my breasts are very tender.
    But then again, I'm sexually active.
    Please help me

    • ANSWER:
      According To The Womans Health Website Brookie,

      It says the early pregnancy symptoms are:

      Missed Period, Just "Feeling Pregnant, Breast Tenderness, Fatigue, Frequent Urination, Nausea, Dizziness and or Fainting, Food Cravings, Sensitivity To Aromas, Morning Sickness, Heartburn and or Constipation, Mood Swings and Irritabitily, Lower Back Pain, Implantation Bleeding, and Weight Gain.

      Mmm, it takes about 6 weeks to notice any signs.

      It says the symptoms are not that different.

      Love,
      Jose.

      P.S. Be Safe.

  10. QUESTION:
    How long does it take to get a period after stopping birth control?
    This is my first month off birth control and I am about 5 days late. I took a pregnancy test yesterday and it was negative. I have been having cramps for like 2 weeks. And I have been having heartburn this month, I have never had thing in my life. And my nipples are sore every other day for these past two weeks. Is this all from getting off birthcontrol?

    • ANSWER:
      I was on the pill for four years and came off it - took me about three months to get a period. Very very annoying to wait but it will come!
      Why are you off it? Do you want to get pregnant?
      I came off it just to take a break but regretted that as I was so nerve wracked waiting on my period to just bloody arrive (pardon the pun)!

  11. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for pregnancy signs to show?
    Im hoping im pregnant and im really excited, i cant wait!
    I havent had my period for 5 weeks and ive been feeling bloated all week. Are those pregnancy signs? If not what are some? And when do I get them?

    • ANSWER:
      A missed period is a deff sign! I missed mine too, well it's 2 days late so we'll see : )

      Anyhow, I've been having heartburn in the morning, feeling VERY tired, nauseous in waves throughout the day and my mood seems alil' off, lol. I've also been having abdominal cramping in my pelvic area on and off, not like PMS cramps these are different.. I'm not sure if these are clear signs or not, but it's what I've been experiencing.

      Good luck! : )

  12. QUESTION:
    How soon did you start getting pregnancy symptoms?
    To anyone that is pregnant or has been pregnant... I was just wondering after how many weeks into your pregnancy you started getting symptoms? And what did you get??

    • ANSWER:
      W/ my first, I just started throwing up about 3 to 4 wks after conception. I felt nauseous all the time and my skin was extremely dry. I was also so sleepy and exhausted, no energy.W/ my 2nd Child, 1 wk after conception I had a UTI. 2 wks later I had what I thought was heartburn. I wanted to throw-up. I didn't actually throw up until I was 2 months. I also notice my breast were extremely painful and swollen. I also had dry skin. Again I was sleepy and exhausted, with headaches. Most pregnancy test will tell you 5 days before your missed period. Symptoms really vary from person to person and each pregnancy is different. My sister had no symptoms at all(she was really lucky)

  13. QUESTION:
    When did you start getting pregnancy symptoms?
    I think I am very nearly four weeks. I have been getting symptoms such as cramps, extreme tiredness, back ache, being irritable and my breast have strangely really enlarged. But I'm not sure if I am getting these symptoms just because I am worried about pregnancy or because I am actually pregnant.
    When did you first notice your symptoms and what were they?

    • ANSWER:
      I noticed my symptoms before i even knew i was pregnant. I just thought my period was coming. I had sore breasts, was VERY tired, headaches, irritable, cramps, heartburn for only one day, and i just had a feeling. I took a test when i was about a week late and it turned out positive. Now i'm 20 weeks! I find out my baby's gender today! SO excited! GOOD LUCKKK!

  14. QUESTION:
    During pregnancy eating passion fruit is good or bad?
    During pregnancy eating passion fruit is good or bad?If bad why
    I also want to know about orange juice is bad during pregnancy?

    • ANSWER:
      No Fruits are bad for you... If someone said OJ is bad....it might be because it's acidic and when your pregnant you COULD get heart burn late in pregnancy and the OJ will make it worse...but each woman is different. Other than that, no they are not bad for you. I personally drank OJ all the time.. and never had heartburn while pregnant.

      Hope this helped

  15. QUESTION:
    Can your early pregnancy symptoms be much different in your second pregnancy than in your first?
    for example, my wife felt faint and wiped out one week into her first pregnancy, but now, second time around, she doesnt feel that.
    btw if you just say "all pregnancies are different" or "talk to your doctor", you account will be deleted :)

    • ANSWER:
      Yes it can be completely different with each child. Often times the 2nd or 3rd etc, pregnancies the whole morning sickness etc get a little better just because her body has done it before however, normally you feel a lot more tired, because well you are older and more than likely have a little one at home that takes time and attention. But those aren't rules just some common things, however I know you hate to hear it, but each pregnancy is different ;) . She may do a lot better with the early pregnancy symptoms but have more swelling/heartburn in late pregnancy, so yup they can be very different.

  16. QUESTION:
    How many of you ladies got heartburn later on in pregnancy?
    I have just recently started getting heartburn. ahh its so annoying!

    What did you do to stop it..

    Ive been drinking milk and having a quick eze every now and then..

    I know there isnt anything really you can do..

    But what was your cure = )
    oh my gosh.. yes i get it when i go to bed as well :( ..

    its the worst ..

    • ANSWER:
      I wish there was a magic cure!

      I suffer most in bed. I prop myself up to almost sitting with pillows, and avoid lying on my right side. This is the only thing that seems to help- even heartburn medication doesn't touch it :O(

  17. QUESTION:
    What to expect in the beginning weeks of pregnancy ?
    I think I might be prego... I'm over a week late and yesterday my boobs started becoming sore and I don't feel like throwing up but I feel quezie and the sound of food makes it worse. I I am prego I'm about 5 weeks so what do I have in store for me in the next few weeks

    • ANSWER:
      well first off you need to take a test and get a dr verification. if you are every pregnancy is different. in my early weeks i was super tired, had headaches, i didnt get morning sickness until about 7 weeks and it lasted a week. also i had really bad heartburn. you may be peeing alot more but that usually subsides around 13 weeks. but take a test and good luck

  18. QUESTION:
    What is the chances of being pregnant while on the pill and using condoms?
    I am having heartburn & am bloated and I am having headaches. I had my period on the 23rd of September and it was very heavy. Please I am stressing allot!!!!!!!!
    I am having heartburn & am bloated and I am having headaches. I had my period on the 23rd of September and it was very heavy. Please I am stressing allot!!!!!!!! I haven't been vomiting or having cravings.

    I have had allot of stress of late!!!
    I am 24 years old sorry if I am stressed out about small things.

    Thanks for all the kind people who helped I do feel better.

    Thanks again.

    • ANSWER:
      You don't get bloating and heartburn until the later stages of pregnancy, they're not a symptom!. The chances of you being pregnant whilst on the pill and using condoms are virtually nil. You don't sound mature enough to be having sex. You had a period last week for God's sake.

  19. QUESTION:
    When did your feet begin to swell?
    I am hitting 35 weeks in 2 days and honestly, things have been pretty easy. (Okay, aside from heartburn and some back pain). I'm not retaining any water, and my feet aren't swelling and getting fat or anything like that. I almost wonder if it means something's wrong with me because of how common it is in later pregnancy. Did your feet swell? If so, when did it start?

    • ANSWER:
      During the last month of pregnancy I noticed my feet swell up a lot.

      Every women is different though.
      ..

  20. QUESTION:
    When does the heartburn start when you get pregnant?
    is it an early symptom or does that come later?

    • ANSWER:
      It doesn't happen to everyone, I'm 33 weeks and haven't had heartburn once. But I think for the majority of people, it comes later on in pregnancy

  21. QUESTION:
    How do you handle working and early pregnancy?
    I'm interested to hear from others about what their job is and how they handled the first trimester of pregnancy. I'm 5 weeks pregnant and by the afternoon I'm really tired and just want to go home. I'm pretending I have the flu at the moment. I work in an office and are able to sit most of the day, but I occasionally have to go out and run errands and getting in and out of the car makes me feel worse. What sort of work do you do and how did you handle it? Or if you're going through it now, share your thoughts.

    • ANSWER:
      I worked in a landscaping business through all 3 pregnancies. I drank papaya juice for the morning sickness, and it really helped (and later on for the heartburn too). I hate to say this, but you'll probably be tired for the next decade or so.

  22. QUESTION:
    How soon would you experience pregnancy symptoms?
    Its a week before im due on and i have had a bit of spotting and early hours of the morning awoke with bad heartburn and feeling very very sick! Would i be experiencing anything this early if i was pregnant?

    • ANSWER:
      No, it's too early for nausea, unless of course, you ovulated early and are therefore further on than you think. Even then it's unlikely you would be getting nausea so early. The earliest that mild nausea starts is when the period is one week overdue, and severe nausea, if it's going to come, kicks in about a week later.

      Many years ago, when I was trying to conceive for the first time, I used to think that every scrap of normal nausea was pregnancy related. But when I did get pregnant and was unlucky enough to get horrible sickness, I realised that it is a very different kind of nausea from any other sickness. So the next time I recognised it instantly. So unless you think it's a strange type of sick feeling, it's probably not because of pregnancy.

  23. QUESTION:
    Why is heartburn so horrible during late pregnancy?
    I'm 34 weeks and lately it is so bad that I seem to get it even if I don't eat anything spicy. Tums usually helps instantly but only lasts for about 30 minutes and then it's back again. Sometimes it gets so bad that I could cry.

    Is there something else I could do to help with it? Any home remedies? As far as medicines, the pharmacist said the only thing that is safe to take is Tums.

    • ANSWER:
      I dont know. Mine was so bad I actually was vomiting blood because my esophagus was so raw from throwing up stomach acid. water would give me heartburn, it was horrible. Zantac is safe to take, but no more than 2 of the 150 pills per day. I took one at morning and one at night and that helped quite a bit. After I started with the blood my OBGYN prescribed something that he though would work better, but it made me so drowsy and having another young child at home, I couldn't take it and be able to function the way I needed to.

  24. QUESTION:
    How likely is pregnancy in this situation?
    I had sex the day after my period ended (August 28th) and I haven't gotten my period since. I am now 10 days late, but I have taken 2 hpt and both came up negative. Is pregnancy the issue here, or could it be something else? I haven't had many symptoms other than head/back aches,heartburn and occasional cramping. If you've experienced something like this, let me know what the outcome was! Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      It could be you just stressing out. I once skipped my period entirely because i thought i was pregnant and was freaking out so much. Just relax and calm down. The symptoms you described you can also get when your period is coming, dnt stress too much :)
      But wait another week or two, and if you still dont have your period, take another test, or go to the doctor and get a blood test, they are a little bit more reliable.
      Good luck!

  25. QUESTION:
    when does heartburn start when you are pregnant?
    Just wondering because I really dont know what it feels like, I love spicy foods, especially now. Some friends told me I shouldnt eat it because of the heartburn. But I dont think I have had that problem yet.

    • ANSWER:
      Lately I've felt a terrible burning sensation in my chest after eating. Is it heartburn?
      Most likely. 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.

      What can I do about it?
      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.

      Sorry the answer is so long, but I thought you might need all the information you could get. Congradulations

  26. QUESTION:
    What are the chances of getting pregnant after tubal ligation banding?
    I had tubal ligation banding almost 5 years ago and my period has been somewhat on time every month since. However, this month, I'm over two weeks late and I am having pregnancy symptoms such as fatigue, nausea, and heartburn. I can't bring myself to buy a test because I feel there is no way I can be pregnant, but I'm starting to wonder. So, what are my chances of getting pregnant after tubal ligation banding?

    • ANSWER:
      In that case, the more time goes by, the higher the chance of getting pregnant gets. Just take a test, what's the worst that could happen?

  27. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to have heartburn in early pregnancy?
    I can barely sleep at night b/c i think i have heartburn its a wierd feeling that i never had. I'm only 6 weeks is that normal..

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, I'm 5 1/2 months and the only time I had heartburn was very early in pregnancy. Like from 6-9 weeks. Later in pregnancy it's caused from everything pushing up on your stomach. Early in pregnancy I've read that it's caused because your digestive tract slows way down to absorb all the nutrients from food and stuff.

  28. QUESTION:
    How long after sex do you start feeling symptoms if pregnant?
    can you start feeling symptoms before realizing your period is late? how long after sex may you start getting symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      2-3 weeks

      First trimester symptoms:

      Spotting, Discharge, Fatigue, Breast tenderness, constipation, morning sickness, food cravings, heartburn, frequent urination, and weight gain.

      Red Flag Symptoms

      Any of these symptoms could be a sign that something is wrong with your pregnancy. Don't wait for your prenatal visit to talk about it. Call your doctor right away if you experience:
      Severe abdominal pain
      Significant bleeding
      Severe dizziness
      Rapid weight gain (more than 6.5 pounds per month) or too little weight gain (less than 2 pounds per month by the end of the first trimester)

  29. QUESTION:
    What are the first few signs of pregnancy?
    I'm already a few days late on period and its beginning to freak me out...so im just wondering what are the first few signs of pregnacy other than a missed period??

    • ANSWER:
      Headaches,Nausea,Heartburn,Tender breasts,Backaches,Frequent Urination,Food cravings!

  30. QUESTION:
    What did you take to relieve heartburn, im 35weeks pregnant and drinking milk is no longer working?
    do any of the chews work like rennie chews, i dont like tablets, just need something fast though to get rid of heartburn

    • ANSWER:
      CVS brand mylanta cherry--cold!!

      Or Prilotec OTC, they are both okay to take at this stage in pregnancy.

      Also, if you prop yourself up when you go to bed that will keep the muscles from relaxing and causing this discomfort.

      Avoid eating late at night, and keep free from spicy or greasy food.

  31. QUESTION:
    How spicy can i go when it comes to food?
    With my first pregnancy, i was drinking 2 cups of coffee a day for 6 months, and spicy food like it's no body's business. Whatever i wanted i got, that explains all that weight i put on too. But last night i made some bbq ribs and i wanted to pour hot sauce on it tonight. Can i or should i just stay away or are a few drops enough? I am using Jamaican Country Style hot sauce (i'm not jamaican), or texas pete.

    • ANSWER:
      Eat anything you won't mind returning to you later in the form of heartburn :) It's nasty stuff.

  32. QUESTION:
    Old wives tales about pregnancy symptoms and the outcome of the newborn?
    Ive heard that if you have heartburn your whole pregnancy that you'll have a baby with full head of hair. Ive also heard that if the baby is more active at night that when its born it has the nights and daytime mixed up. Either one true or has anyone had experience with this? Just wondering cus I have both issues going on. Ive had horrible heartburn and at night I swear I am going to give birth to a NINJA! Thanks for any answers! (but please dont be rude just to get points)

    • ANSWER:
      My daughter had a full head of hair and I never had heartburn. I don’t think that it is due to hair growth.

      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.
      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.

      Regarding the movement that is also not true. A baby can’t really tell day by night in your stomach, they don’t know what that is just yet. My baby would wake up at night and keep me awake during the night with her kicking and wiggling around. She is 6 month old and loves sleeping during the night, it’s a different story during the day. By day 2 after her birth she learned what day and night was and starting sleeping at night (even if that involved waking up every 2 hours to eat).
      I remember reading about this. When you are walking around you are lulling the baby to sleep, but when you lie down the movement stops and the baby wakes up. When the baby is up it wants to move around. That is also the reason why the baby calms down when you are rocking him/her because they are used to that sensation while in the stomach.

      All the old wives tales were not true for me. Every one told me that I will have a boy ( the stomach, the needle, the Drano, palm facing up, you name it it pointed to a boy) and even I believed it, imagine the surprise when my OB said it’s a girl.
      Here are some websites that try to separate the myths from the truth
      http://kidshealth.org/parent/pregnancy/pregnancy/myths_tales.html
      http://www.babiesonline.com/articles/pregnancy/oldwivestales.asp

  33. QUESTION:
    How soon can you tell if you are pregnant after sleeping with someone?
    Does your body feel weird after only 6 days?? I woke up feeling really weird/ different. I feel like something is different with my body. I can"t really explain it. Also, what are the signs of pregnancy and how soon do they come?

    • ANSWER:
      Try testing 19 days after conception-
      This is a guideline only...taken from "what to expect when your expecting". Many pregnancy symptoms come and go or don't show at all and can happen at any time and each are different from woman to woman...with that in mind-

      Morning sickness- 2-8 weeks after conception.
      Frequent urination- Usually 6-8 weeks after conception.
      Tingling,tender,swollen breasts- As early as a few days after conception.
      Changes in colour of vaginal and cervical tissue (during a medical exam)- First trimester.
      Darkening of the areola and elevation of tiny glands around nipple- First trimester.
      Blue and pink lines under skin on breasts and later on abdomen- First trimester.
      Food cravings- First trimester.
      Darkening of line from navel to pubis- 4th or 5th month.
      Softening of the uterus and cervix (during med exam)- 2-8 weeks after conception.
      Enlarging uterus and abdomen (during med exam)- 8-12 weeks.
      Intermittent painless contractions- early in pregnancy,increasing in frequency as pregnancy advances.
      Fetal movements- First noted at 16-22 weeks of pregnancy.
      Visual of embryo or gestational sac through ultrasound- As early as 4-6 weeks after conception.
      Fetal heartbeat- At 10-20 weeks (depending on device used)
      Fetal movements felt through abdomen- After 16 weeks.
      Month 1- Fatigue and sleepiness, frequent urination, nausea with or without vomiting,excess salivation,heartburn,indigestion, flatulence, bloating,food aversions,cravings,breast changes.
      Good luck :)

  34. QUESTION:
    Home pregnancy test says negative, but could I still be pregnant?
    I am 5 days late on my period, and if I am pregnant, I would be a little over 4 weeks. The home pregnancy test that I took recently came back negative, but I have cramps, heartburn, increased discharge, and nausea when eating and after eating. Could I still be pregnant despite the negative result?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes indeed you could still be pregnant. A positive pregnancy tests depends on how high your HCG levels are in your unine and it may be too soon for the level to be high enough to trigger a positive pregnancy test yet. Wait a week and retest. Even if you get a faint pregnant line it is positive. You can always have a blood test too. HCG levels show up in smaller amounts in blood than urine. This would defiantely confirm a pregnancy if you didn't want to wait to take another urine test.

  35. QUESTION:
    When does implantation occur, and what do the cramps feel like?
    I am two days late with my period. I have not had any period or pregnancy symptoms except for heartburn and indigestion throughout the day and hot flashes. I have taken two pregnancy tests which were negative. Right now I am experiencing slight cramping; it doesn't feel like my usual period cramps either. Could I be experiencing implantation cramps? Should I retest in a couple days, or could I possibly be testing wrong to get a negative answer? I am really hoping to be pregnant. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Implantation normally occurs about 3-7 days after your period. Sometimes implantation will occur around the same time as your period which is why women mistaken implantation bleeding for their period. If it is indeed, implantation occurring, the embryo won't start releasing enough HCG until about 3-4 days after implantation happens. :D

  36. QUESTION:
    What were the first pregnancy symptoms that you got?
    were they before your missed period or after?

    i had really sore breast and was sleeping way more often.
    also heartburn when i ate certin foods...

    also.. when did you test positive and what test did you use?

    i test positive 6 days late of my period and i used first response.

    • ANSWER:
      I found out I'm pregnant last Friday. Yet BEFORE my period was due I was sitting down one day and suddenly felt the whole room tip, I stood up and vomited violently twice. Then that same night I had vivid, strange dreams and these have continued. I would fall asleep, dream for what seemed like weeks, wake up not knowing where I was and then discover I'd only been asleep 10 minutes! I dreamt twice that I had two children (I have just one here) and all this was before my period was due. I think the vomiting and dreaming was when the egg implanted. I also got a three-day migraine before my BFP. Two days after I found my bra didn't fit. Now I have only very sore breasts at night and vivid dreams.

      For me the tell-tale sign that I am pregnant has always been: getting insights of beauty - for example I'll be walking down the road and thinking how beautiful and special and amazing everything is - whether its cherry blossom or people laughing or ANYTHING. This has always been my first sign of pregnancy.

  37. QUESTION:
    Is it bad to sleep on your stomach during pregnancy?
    I am 28 weeks pregnant and I continue to sleep on my stomach. This has always been the most comfortable position for me to sleep in and continues to be. I rotate between my stomach and lying on either side. My mom told me that it isn't bad to sleep on your stomach but that most women just find it hard to do and uncomfortable. Is it bad to sleep on your stomach during pregnancy?

    • ANSWER:
      I slept on my stomach until it was too big I couldn't anymore. While you're sleeping on your stomach I'm sure most of your weight is to one side or the other---it's not like your laying face down in the pillows or something. If that is the way you can fall asleep, go for it! Later on it will be hard to sleep at all with the heartburn, anxiety, insomnia, etc. that comes with the last few weeks. Take care of yourself! :)

  38. QUESTION:
    How early can I feel morning sickness after I had a miscarriage three months ago?
    I lost my baby boy three months ago July 10th, but now I think I am pregnant again and I am already feeling morning sickness and tender breasts. I would of conceived on Sep. 22nd or 23rd, so I am not that far along if so. Is it normal after a miscarriage or other pregnancy to feel symptoms sooner. Also all the tests (urine) I take are showing negative and I have a blood test on Oct.15th, so now I am scared if I take it too soon it will come up false negative and I want to know, because I have all the same symptoms as my last pregnancy just much sooner! What's a girl to do? I know I need to take the blood test, but just wondering if anyone out there knows about why I am feeling it so soon and so strong this time and is it because of being recently preggo?! Thanks for any advice

    • ANSWER:
      I'm so sorry you lost your baby. My baby was 7 weeks when I miscarried. About a month and two weeks later I felt very car sick and run down. I was pregnant again! Basically I ovulated 2 weeks after the miscarriage and got pregnant instantly. My at home tests showed positive but I thought it must have just been left over hormones. Trust your instincts maybe your hormones are just still out of whack. Keep testing! With the baby that I miscarried, I knew right away that I was pregnant - I had a sense about it and the sore breasts, heartburn and car sickness. Best Wishes!!!

      Oh and try to make sure that you have done your grieving... because if you haven't fully dealt with the miscarriage, and you aren't actually pregnant again, you may get really depressed.

  39. QUESTION:
    How soon did you start getting symptoms?
    I am not talking about a missed period either. I mean as far as, heartburn and nausea goes.

    The reason I ask is...I am not sure if I am pregnant or not. My period was due today and it changes sometimes anyway, so I have to wait a little longer to take a test. If I were pregnant though, I would roughly be a tad over 4 weeks. I have felt the need to eat more, I am getting heartburn quite often, I have been feeling nauseated every time I eat. My stomach just feels bloated. Yesterday I was light headed during work. Which could have been because I needed to eat, but I have gone longer without eating before and have never had that happen, so it was strange to me. Also, usually before my period comes, my breasts get sore, which hasn't happened either. I go about 4-6 days of my breasts feeling sore. Then once I get my period, it stops. Now last time I was pregnant (which was my first time), it was the complete opposite. I never had any soreness before a period, but when before I found out I was pregnant, my breasts hurt so bad. So that was the main give away there. So anyways, hubby and I have been having unprotected sex, for the last 2/3 months, and he hasn't pulled out. So I know there is chance...but if I were pregnant, would I be getting symptoms this early?
    So far no period. I am officially a seven days late. Going to wait a few more days and take a test!! So excited :)

    • ANSWER:
      At 3 weeks I had fatigue and headaches (2nd and 3rd pregnancies). With my first, my first symptom was a positive test at 4wks 5days :)

      Nausea didn't kick in until around 7 weeks. I never had sore boobs (until late in the 3rd trimester when I started leaking lol)

      Yes you can have symptoms at 3 weeks - especially if it is not your first pregnancy. I tested positive at 3weeks 4days at my doctors.

      Sounds like you could definitely be expecting your second little bundle of joy!

      :)

  40. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of pregnancy? Common and Uncommon. How soon can i test?
    I have heard all about the regular symptoms but are there any uncommon ones? I'm not sure if i am pregnant but i have started nausea feelings(off and on) from since last week Thursday night. I thru up a little last night. i have been haven heartburn,diarea(i think) frequent headaches, sleepy all the time going to bed early every night and been waken up at 4:30am every morning. my period is suppose to come sometime this week but i want to test now.
    i had sex with my bf a day before ovulation started.

    • ANSWER:
      You could test now, but it could be a false negative, so you'd probably want to test again if you're still late. Nausea, sore boobs, and fatigue are pretty common symptoms early on; I'm not sure you'll get many symptoms beyond that in the first month or two. Some weird symptoms that happened to me later on were that my gums started bleeding when I brushed my teeth...and getting crazy cravings for cheese and milk. Good luck!

  41. QUESTION:
    Period came 3 weeks late and having pregnancy symptoms?
    Period or sort of a period came 3 weeks or so late. It is lighter compared to what my normal period is but it isn't light enough to be spotting. I am having nausea and heartburn, tender breasts, frequent urination, my lower abdomen is harder and firm, and I'm always tired. Am I pregnant? And if so why am I bleeding? I just need help and some light shed on what's going on. Thanks if you can help.

    • ANSWER:
      Just take a test, it's the only way to know.

  42. QUESTION:
    What can I do for my beautiful pregnant lady?
    My partner is 20 weeks pregnant and still working so when she comes home at night I want to make her feel fantastic. I cook her dinner and give her foot and back massages but it doesn't feel enough. I know that hormones are all over the place during pregnancy but she does get really grumpy for no reason. Am I fussing over her too much?

    • ANSWER:
      Her hormones are all over the place...and so she's irritable and like a person who's trying to quit smoking.
      Just try to be super understanding.
      She's gong to be feeling very strange for the first 3 months as this is the peak "transition" stage that is most annoying for the new Mom. She's dealing with the whole psychological notion of even being pregnant, she's dealing with unsolicited advice and comments from strangers and 'well wishing' friends and relatives. She's probably feeling morning sickness and heartburn and weepy etc. not to mention EXHAUSTED.

      If she's nauseous, give her a piece of dry toast to munch on before she sits up in bed. The sitting up motion makes acid race to her tummy--so the dry toast will help soak that up and spare her unnecessary pain.

      You can serve her stuff that takes her nausea away such as fresh grated ginger on simple salad and lemon/olive oil dressing.
      Fresh ginger helps stop nausea.

      Make sure to give her tons of affection, compliments, and one on one time.
      Don't ditch her to go boozing with your friends.
      All you can do is kind of try to BE there for her more.
      Oh-and give her nice simple fresh smelling flowers like miniature roses and a thoughtful hand written love letter.

      Something nice to do to help her embrace her pregnancy when she's in her late months of pregnancy is having a professional (female) photographer take a nice pic of her REALLY showing her pregnancy taken and then commissioning a portrait of pregnant, gorgeous her.

  43. QUESTION:
    Is it safe to take maalox and tums during pregnancy?
    My doctor said it is safe during pregnancy to take them for heartburn..but can you take them at the same time? or can you take maalox and if it doesn't help, take the tums an hour later? I have horrible heartburn..never had it before pregnancy!

    • ANSWER:
      I wouldn't take them at the same time. Try one, then the other in an hour or so if it didn't help. Just try not to take too much, it'll constipate you really badly. Also, drink milk with meals, especially if it's greasy or spicy. Avoid spicy obviously, but I know how bad those cravings get. Milk will help neutralize and reduce some of the stomach acid so it doesn't get quite as bad. Water can actually make it worse.

  44. QUESTION:
    What pregnancy symtoms did you get and how soon/late?
    I am 3 days late but before my ovulation dates I was rather stressed and upset. But I haven't had my period yet. By boobs arnt hurting but my belly feels jelly unlike flat like it usually is

    • ANSWER:
      I am 6 weeks pregnant, and I felt cramping about 1-2 days before my missed period... I thought it was menstral cramp. Nipples were very sore since ovulation, and still are only now boobs feel very heavy and nipple is getting larger. I still have no other symptoms....no morning sickness, tiredness, craving, frequent urination, headaches.

      about 4-5 days after missed period is when I felt bloated and a bit gassy.

      But in just the past 5 days I have had heartburn but only when I lay down.

      Just so you know... cause I didn't..... you count how many weeks pregnant you are by the first day of your last period. so the day my period was expected I was already 4 weeks and 3 days pregnant. I had 31 day cycles.

      Hope that helps you...

      Lots of Baby Dust heading your way!!!!

  45. QUESTION:
    Mums with more than 1 baby - Did you have the same pregnancy symptoms for your first and later pregnancies?
    Did you feel just the same at the start of your pregnancies?
    Is it possible to have a completely different set of symptoms for a first and second pregnancy?

    • ANSWER:
      I have a two year old boy and am 32 weeks pregnant with a girl. Both my pregnancies have been different.
      My son - I felt sick constantly for a the very early weeks which is what made me suspect I was pregnant. The smell of coffee turned my stomach, I was sick as in vomiting the whole way through the pregnancy. My breasts were sore towards the end of the pregnancy and I felt really tired. I gained weight all over, hips thighs breasts.I had terrible heartburn pretty much constantly from about 6 months onwards.

      My Daughter - First symptoms were very sore breasts in the early weeks followed by nausea but no vomiting. headaches, dizzy spells and blackouts. Now I feel great apart from heartburn and I get a bit tired. This pregnancy has been so much easier and I have only gained weight on my bump and nowhere else.

      I craved white bread with both pregnancies, nothing on it just as it comes and developed a strange obsession with sponges and soapy bubbles and anything fresh smelling.

  46. QUESTION:
    Could I be pregnant without the same symptoms as my first 2 pregnancies?
    A week and a half before my period was supposed to start I had breast tenderness and nausea badly. Now I am 4 days late and the only symptoms I have are sensitivity to smells, not much of an appetite, and heartburn. With my other 2 pregnancies I was sick my first trimester could I still be pregnant without having all the symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      Very possible...

  47. QUESTION:
    When did things start to get uncomfortable for you?
    I'm 26 weeks pregnant and it seems like overnight things have become uncomfortable. Sleeping positions, heartburn, and everything makes me tired. Ugh.... Anyways, I was wondering how you guys kept up with shaving since it's becoming hard. Thanks=)

    • ANSWER:
      Aside from the morning sickness for the first 18 weeks, it was around 20 weeks that normal activities began getting more challenging. Even though I didn't have a belly, it was much thicker and I couldn't bend the same. Placing my coffee or purse on the ground while chatting with friends was no longer an easy feat to do. Next thing I noticed was that it was actually getting hard to get my arm around to wipe myself after going to the bathroom because I couldn't twist all the way anymore. It wasn't something I had even considered would be an issue.

      Next was a few weeks later when the bump started showing. All of a sudden I had to put the steering wheel up on the car a notch because they were touching. I have to move the seat all the way back in both the car and the van to get in and out without any major issues. The car is easy to get into, a pain to get out of because it is so low, the van being so high is the opposite. Shaving my legs became interesting at this point. Sitting in the tub to do it was impossible. Now I stand in the shower (ya I know, bad bad bad because you could fall but I do it anyways). Next shaving attempt will probably be me sitting on the vanity with my feet on the toilet since I can still reach my ankles that way LOL. I'll mop up afterwards.

      I'm at 31 weeks now and getting up and down from the couch or my big comfy chair is a challenge. If I sit on the floor to play with my cats (which I do without even thinking) I have to get on my hands and knees and then use the furniture around me to get myself back up again. I discovered the other day that it is very difficult to reach into the bottom of the washer to grab that last sock or forgotten nickel that went through. In the other direction reaching up for something on a shelf and my belly gets in the way.

      Oh, and get a pair of shoes you can slip on and off without having to tie or adjust!!

      I've learned to live with the heartburn as it has been with me pretty much from day one of this pregnancy. I bought a body pillow and hubby is now sleeping on the couch most nights (but that's because I snore like a freight train since getting pregnant, the only position I don't snore in is on my belly and that position is out of the question LOL). Getting out of bed means dropping my legs down first and then pushing myself into a seated position.

      Thankfully I am still in an energetic phase so the tiredness hasn't been an issue but up to about week 24 I was having a nap everyday after work and I was still in bed by 9-10pm sleeping till 6:30. Now I go to bed around 11 (no naps!! yay!!) and baby wakes me at 4:30 to remind me to empty my bladder and then I go back to sleep. Even on weekends though I am still wide awake by 7am (I miss being able to sleep in).

      However the biggest adjustment I have had to make is making sure I eat breakfast. I am not a morning eater, I still don't feel hungry in the mornings but I know how important it is so I at least choke back a bowl of cereal on rough mornings. If I have time to give myself a half hour then I can do something more substantial like eggs or pancakes. I still don't like eating it LOL. It's one habit I hope to keep up after the baby is born so that I can teach my child proper eating habits. That's something I didn't learn from my Mom and I really regret that it's not second nature for me to eat regularly and choose healthy foods instead of quick and easy.

      Some other changes in habits have been to remember to sit down before trying to put my pants on since I tend to fall to one side if I am standing on one leg! Always use the handrail when going up or down stairs. When doing dishes have a foot stool to place one foot on and alternate as it makes it easier on the back. Stop lifting heavy things! I grab things without thinking and I pay for it with back pains.

      You'll find some of these will apply to you and you'll find others I didn't mention. All part and parcel with the changes our bodies go through. Well worth the inconvenience though!

  48. QUESTION:
    What are the most common symptoms for Pregnancy?
    What are the most common symptoms for Pregnancy? And which order do they come in? What is the earliest symptoms to the latest symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      Obviously a missed period is a common symptom, but everything else just depends on the person.
      Some people get morning sickness, some people don't. Some people get headaches, others don't.

      I'm 36 weeks into my first pregnancy, and I got horrible morning sickness, but I never got the sore breasts, headaches, moodiness, etc. that some people get.

      Generally though, some common symptoms of pregnancy are:

      Missed Period
      Swollen/Tender Breasts
      Fatigue/Tiredness
      Nausea/Morning Sickness
      Heartburn
      Moodiness
      Headaches
      Frequent Urination
      Food Cravings/Aversions

      My first symptom other than a missed period was heartburn.
      It started around 5 1/2 weeks, and morning sickness kicked in about a week later.
      Food aversions was another one of my first symptoms.

      Everybody is different though! If you're pregnant, you'll just have to wait and see how it goes for you!
      Good luck! :)

  49. QUESTION:
    How early did you having symptoms of being pregnant?
    My husband and I have been ttc for a very long time and I think I might be pregnant. I am taking a test tomorrow. I am about 9 days late. I dont really have any symptoms other than tiredness and peeing all the time. I know what the most common symptoms are but have not really had any. I really dont want to get my hopes up but it is hard to not get excited. Wish me baby luck! Thanks for the answers ahead of time!

    • ANSWER:
      I think you're pregnant!
      I started shortly after my missed period (within a week), the quickest and most pronounced were the fatigue, heartburn, and moodiness. Take the test with your first urine of the morning. Good luck and baby dust!!

      I did pee a lot-it has nothing to do with the size of the baby, but hormones. It can be a sign of pregnancy, or just drinking too many fluids, lol.

  50. QUESTION:
    Can you get a negative pregnancy test at 11 dpo and still be pregnant?
    I ovulated either the 25th or 26th for sure. I think my period is due Monday or Tuesday. I took a test tonight and got a very definite negative. However Ive been having symptoms that are very similar to what I had when I was pregnant with my son. Like heartburn and nausea. Also I haven't had any signs of my period coming. Is it possible I just tested too early and could still get a positive later? If so when would the test turn positive?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, definitely.

      I read of plenty of success stories about women getting faint positives as early as 7DPO, so me being me started testing from 7DPO.

      I got negatives , even on the day my period was due, and the day after it. I ended up so miserable I was inconsolable.

      2 days after my period was due, I took another test, thinking it was negative straight away I threw it in frustration on the bench (sounds a bit dramatic, but we had been TTC for a long time).
      2 minutes after that, I went to wash my hands after emptying out my urine sample, and there was the faintest positive!
      The line was so faint I just thought it was an evap line, so I tested again the next day, sure enough, a BFP!

      I wish I had never have read about women getting positives so early...it would have saved me a lot of misery!


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