Pregnancy Heartburn Milk

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What I can take to stop my heartburn during my pregnancy?
    This is my second pregnancy and the symptoms are worst then the first. What can I take to stop my heartburn. Milk isn't helping. I had a corn muffin this morning and throat felt like it was on fire. A simple corn muffin. HELP!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Bananas do the same thing to me... w/every pregnancy I've had! I feel you hun... Tums usually worked for me, but in moderation. I only took one at a time and only when absolutely necessary. If you're not sure about taking meds (even Tums) a bottle of room temp water may work for you. You may have to pee more, but at least the heartburn will be gone! Good luck to you and baby!

  2. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have a hidden secret to relieve heartburn besides Tums and Milk?
    I have horrible pregnancy heartburn and I go through Tums like candy and I might as well just buy the darn milk cow. Any tips to help relieve it for more than 30 minutes would be great.

    • ANSWER:
      You can keep Mylanta in the fridge. It's safe. (My hospital gives it to women in labor.) Something about the cold in addition to the antacid seems to help, and you can take it as often as you need to.

      With your OB's OK, you can take 150mg of Zantac twice a day. (You can buy Zantac over the counter, now.)

      And, if all else fails, get a prescription for or some samples of Prevacid. That's what I ended up doing, when the Zantac wasn't enough, and I never had another problem with heartburn. I took it up until the day I delivered, both times, and then quit.

  3. QUESTION:
    What everyday foods are good for pregnancy heartburn?
    Well folks, I am hitting that third trimester, and the baby is high enough and pushing everything up enough to give me good old heartburn at night.
    I just wanted to see what natural suggestions people had for getting rid of the heartburn. This is my second time around and I don't remember what all I did with my first, besides Tums.

    I'm looking for more along the lines of what I should put in dinner to help.

    • ANSWER:
      Well Drinking a cup of milk always helps me. I'm 33 wks along and I know all about the heartburn. Another thing you could do would be to try and hold off on your tomato type foods. That's one of the worse heartburn starters for me bc of the acidicness of anything tomato LOL. Also keep a extra large container of tums by your bed at nite ;) Water sometimes helped also, or taking a bath. Dunno why but it works for me

  4. QUESTION:
    I am in my 18th week of pregnancy and seeking ideas for back pain and heartburn?
    I have had acid reflux for years, and most heartburn medications do not work. Diet is my only control over heartburn (milk makes it worse). As for the back pain, I cannot afford a heating pad. I need to find something that will help with the back and neck pain!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Well your symptoms are those of the Homeopathic Remedy PULSATILLA 30 it is pregnancy safe and is specifically used for this symptoms Heart Burn and pain in neck and back of pregnant women.Moreover it is used to make child birth easier and safe. You can take it alongside your regular medicines and it will not give you any complications or side effects what so ever. Just take three drops in a sip of water half hour before meals it will make your appetite and digestion better too.
      Feel free to ask me anything about Homeopathic treatment whenever you need !
      And Homeopathic Remedies are quite inexpensive !
      Take care and God Bless you !

  5. QUESTION:
    What is something that can help with horrible heartburn during pregnancy?
    Im 22 weeks pregnant and my little man is giving me horrible heartburn. Ive tried milk (all flavors) which works for about 10 mins then it comes back.. and tums, extra strength dont seem to help it.. so what are some other things that help?

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  6. QUESTION:
    What is the best fix for heartburn during pregnancy?
    I am now 7 weeks pregnant with my third and have NEVER experienced heartburn this severe. I don't see my OB until Thursday and I've been living with this unbearable pain for about 2 weeks now. It's a constant burning and NOTHING makes it better. I just tried Mylanta this morning and it's really not even taking the edge off. Please help! I'm practically bed-ridden because I'm a miserable mess. Any suggestions are GREATLY appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      i found that drinking milk helps me a lot....if not then try taking tums.

  7. QUESTION:
    Anyone have any good remedies for pregnancy induced heartburn?
    I have heartburn 24/7 and its getting a little ridiculous. Please help me!!!!

    36wks6d

    • ANSWER:
      I have to watch what i eat - I use tums and rolaids, but they don't really do it for me - the best thing I have found is to only eat what doesn't give me heartburn - mostly white things - seriously - sounds funny, but that's how it's been working out. I can have a turkey grinder instead of pizza or meatballs... I eat white rice for lunch or dinner - yogurt is fine, bananas, nothing artificial in sweeteners - no candy, meat as long as it's not marinated - mostly chicken (lol white), milk, bread..... I suffer from it greatly, and as long as I keep it simple like that I do better - don't eat too close to bed time either - I don't eat past 5pm. I also know that aloe juice works too - I used it with my first, but I don't have access to it now - I used to get it through a health and wellness group - you might be able to find it - if you do, it def. works - tastes nasty, but works. good luck ?

  8. QUESTION:
    Any other pregnant ladies still awake because of heartburn?
    I can't sleep. Can you die of heartburn? Lol Only kidding. But seriously, I took two maximum strength Zantac and it didn't help at all. Anyone know of any at home remedies safe for a very pregnant lady to relieve heartburn?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm 40 & 2 today, and im still suffering from it, Ok so im England and its 9.05am here but i seriously get about 2-3 hours sleep because of heartburn. I drink milk straight from the fridge to try and calm it down, i must do this 5-6 times through the night and then i have to visit the bathroom at least five times in the night. Gaviscon is good i really need to get some in again lol,. I hopeyou don't have it all through your pregnancy i like i have its one of the many "lovely" side effects of carrying our budles of joy :) .
      Good Luck xx

  9. QUESTION:
    What kinds of things help heartburn or indigestion in pregnancy?
    I tried eating smaller portions today, but I still have heartburn! The Tums aren't quite doing the trick. Any other advice? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      This is from the website www.whattoexpect.com Helped me tons!!!
      It's that last stretch of pregnancy, when you can almost see the finish line — and it seems like your heartburn wants to stay with you every step of the way. Nearly half of your expectant running mates have also been feeling your pain — probably for most of their pregnancies — and with good reason. Among the smooth muscles that are loosening and relaxing under the strict orders of your hormonal regime is that ring of muscle that separates the esophagus from the stomach. When this muscle loosens, the harsh digestive juices from your tummy back up into your esophagus. The stomach acids irritate the sensitive esophageal lining (right around where your heart is, though it has nothing to do with your heart), creating that searing pain. Luckily, there are some steps you can take to put the fire out:

      Sit up and take notice. Make sure to sit upright while eating — and stay that way for a couple of hours after you eat. Lying down, slouching, slumping, and stooping will do you in. And when you have to bend, do it with your knees instead of at your waist (or you'll send all that acid for a repeat ride up your esophagus).

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      Chew it over. Do your body a favor and eat slowly. Chewing is the first step in the digestive process, but the one that's most often neglected when eating's done on the run. The more you chew, the less work your stomach has to do. Another chew that's good for you: Chewing sugarless gum will increase saliva, which can help neutralize acid in the esophagus. And while you're at it, leave stress off the menu — anxious eating compounds digestive distresses of all kinds, including heartburn.

      Catch the early bird special. Not to save money — but to save yourself heartburn. Whether you're eating at home or out, take your last big meal at least two hours before bedtime so your stomach can get started on digestion before you lie down for the night. (A before-bed snack is fine, so long as it's light and easy to digest.)

      Break it up. Better still, skip those big meals altogether — six small meals are the pregnancy solution to just about whatever ails you, from heartburn to bloating to lagging energy level, you name it.

      Think loose and flowing. No matter how voluptuous your upper curves make you feel, if you have heartburn, now is not the time to wear anything that Pamela Anderson might favor — tight clothes just fuel the burn.

      Don't play with matches. Some things are sure to light your heartburn fire. Just say no to highly seasoned spicy food, caffeine (this also relaxes the esophageal valve), alcohol (which is off the menu anyway), greasy foods of all kinds, and too much citrus. (If OJ gives you trouble, water it down a bit — or buy a low acid variety.) Peppermint turns up the burn in some women, but not all.

      Hold your head up. Sleeping with your head elevated about six inches can keep the burn from waking you up.

      Keep it down. Extra pounds can make heartburn extra worse. Try to stay within the 25-to-35-pound recommended weight gain.

      Raise your hand. Ask your practitioner whether he or she has a preference for an over-the-counter antacid or whether you need prescription strength. As you've probably already figured out, taking Tums or Rolaids is a great way to ban the burn while boosting your calcium intake.

      Feel like a natural woman. If you want to avoid over-the-counter antacids, you can try the following popular folk remedies.

      Papaya (fresh or dried): You can also ask your practitioner about the safety of using chewable papaya enzymes. (You can find these in health-food stores.)
      Almonds: Good for calcium as well as being a stomach settler.
      A tablespoon of honey in warm milk: Yummy and relaxing. Some say all dairy helps, and others say the opposite. (At the very least you'll get in your calcium.)

  10. QUESTION:
    When did you show with your first pregnancy? And when did heartburn start if you had it?
    I am 24w2d and just FINALLY starting to show a little. Still hard to miss if you don't know to look for it, but at least I don't just look fat anymore. Also, just started with heartburn on Monday, it's horrible! I never have had it before. Not even before I was pregnant.

    • ANSWER:
      I didn't really show with my first daughter until 8 months. She was a watermelon!
      Did show that much with my second either.
      But I started vomiting the second I was pregnant! For 5 months with the first and 6 with the second.
      Heartburn (which I have never had in my life either, didn't know what it was!) started at about 4-5 months with my first and never got with my second. Milk really helped as did tums..Tea too..
      Good luck!
      Shannon

  11. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to get pregnancy symptoms even if there is no relation?
    I recently discoverd that my coworkers which happens to be a good friend of mine is pregnant. I have never experience heartburn or light headedness since I was pregnant with my son. And there is NO possible way that I could be pregnant.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. It is called "Pseudocyesis"

      Read up:

      Pseudocyesis also known as false pregnancy, can cause many of the signs and symptoms associated with pregnancy, and can resemble the condition in every way except for fetal presence. Other names include - spurious pregnancy, feigned pregnancy, imaginary pregnancy, hysterical pregnancy, wind in the bowels, phantom pregnancy and grossesse nerveuse ("mental pregnancy"). John Mason Good coined the term pseudocyesis from the Greek words pseudes (false) and kyesis (pregnancy) in 1923. False pregnancy is common in many mammals and is a method of providing milk for the group's offspring, most often cats, dogs, and rabbits.

      [edit] History
      Cases of pseudocyesis have been documented since antiquity. Hippocrates gives us the first written account around 300 B.C. when he recorded 12 different cases of women with the disorder. Mary Tudor (1516-1558), Queen of England, was perhaps the most famous of western historical examples, who believed on several occasions that she was pregnant, when she was in fact not. Some even attribute the violence that gave her the nickname "Bloody Mary" to be a reaction to her disappointment on realising she was without child. Other medical historians believe that the queen's physicians mistook fibroid tumors in her uterus for a pregnancy.

      [edit] Signs and symptoms
      The symptoms of pseudocyesis are similar to the symptoms of true pregnancy and are often hard to distinguish from it. Such natural signs as amenorrhoea, morning sickness, tender breasts, and weight gain may all be present. Many health care professionals can be deceived by the symptoms associated with pseudocyesis. Research shows that 18% of women with pseudocyesis were at one time diagnosed as pregnant by medical professionals.

      The hallmark sign of pseudocyesis that is common to all cases is that the affected patient is convinced that she is pregnant. Abdominal distension is the most common physical symptom of pseudocyesis (60– 90%). The abdomen expands in the same manner as it does during pregnancy, so that the affected woman looks pregnant. This phenomenon is thought to be caused by buildup of gas, fat, feces, or urine. These symptoms often resolve under general anesthesia and the woman's abdomen returns to its normal size.

      The second most common physical sign of pseudocyesis is menstrual irregularity (50–90%). Women are also reported to experience the sensation of fetal movements known as quickening (medical), even though there is no fetus present (50%-75%).Other common signs and symptoms include: gastrointestinal symptoms, breast changes or secretions, labor pains, uterine enlargement, and softening of the cervix. One percent of women eventually experience false labor.

      [edit] Causes
      There are various explanations, none of which are universally accepted. Psychodynamic theories attribute the false pregnancy to emotional conflict. It is thought that an intense desire to become pregnant, or an intense fear of becoming pregnant, can create internal conflicts and changes in the endocrine system, which may explain some of the symptoms of pseudocyesis. Another theory concerns wish-fulfillment. It holds that if a women desires pregnancy badly enough she may interpret minor changes in her body as signs of pregnancy.

      Biological mechanisms proposed include the effect of stress on the hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal axis, constipation, weight gain and the movement of intestinal gas.

      [edit] Demographics
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      The rate of pseudocyesis in the United States has declined significantly in the past century. In the 1940s there was one occurrence for approximately every 250 pregnancies. This rate has since dropped to between one and six occurrences for every 22,000 births. The average age of the affected woman is 33, though cases have been reported for women as young as 6-1/2 and as old as 79. More than two-thirds of women who experience pseudocyesis are married, and about one-third have been pregnant at least once. Women who have been victims of incest may be at greater risk for developing pseudocyesis.

      [edit] Treatment
      Because pseudocyesis is not known to have a direct underlying physical cause, there are no general recommendations regarding treatment with medications. In some cases, however, the patient may be given medications for such symptoms as the cessation of menstruation. Because most patients with pseudocyesis have underlying psychological problems, they should be referred to a psychotherapist for the treatment of these problems. It is important at the same time, however, for the treating professional not to minimize the reality of the patient's physical symptoms.

      The treatment that has had the most success is demonstrating to the patient that she is not really pregnant by the use of ultrasound or other imaging techniques.

      [edit] Alternative therapies
      There have been reports of patients being cured of pseudocyesis by hypnosis, purgatives, massage, opioids, or after nine months of symptoms, by experiencing "hysterical childbirth," but there are few data available on the effectiveness of these or similar procedures.

  12. QUESTION:
    Can someone have all pregnancy symptoms by tricking their body into believing it?
    I have a feeling I may be pregnant but I know you can trick your body into believing it so your body responds to you as if you were pregnant, and delay your period and stuff.....

    but can it trick your body into having other pregnancy symptoms as well... like getting dizzy and throwing up....etc...???

    is that possible?

    • ANSWER:
      I suppose when you want something bad enough you kind of trick yourself into thinking it's happening. You begin to imagine that you have every little symptom because you really want to believe it's true. I think this happens to most of us and is only a very mild case of phantom pregnancy.

      A more serious case of phantom pregnancy can even involve the woman looking pregnant with a baby bump, stopping her periods, she can even produce milk and feel movements. She would have all the other normal pregnancy symptoms, sickness, heartburn etc.
      I think this must be heartbreaking! Its a cruel trick our body can play on us especially when it's what you want more than anything in the world!

  13. 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.

  14. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have any tips on getting rid of heartburn?
    Does anyone have any tips on how to get rid of heartburn? Not avoid heartburn, but get rid of it. I have tried everything under the sun (tums, maalox, milk--bad idea, sleeping while sitting up, bananas, etc). I never in my life had heartburn until Sunday when I got cocky and thought I would luck out this pregnancy and ate buffalo chicken dip. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Having your baby. Sorry but it is true.

      Other than that, you can try Pepcid AC. My OB recommended it and she is one of the most sought after OB's in my area. If that does not work then ask for a prescription when you go in next time.

      I had really bad heartburn with both of my girls. Pepcid AC worked for a while and then a prescription. With my second child that even stop working.

  15. QUESTION:
    Is there a remedy for pregnancy heartburn?
    I've tried the tums
    I've tried milk
    I've tried elevating my head
    I've tried cold water

    Is there anything else?

    • ANSWER:
      HA! Good luck. I had the most horrible heartburn ALL THE TIME when I was preggers with my baby boy. I finally had to tell the OB and get prescription pills for it (totally safe btw) because I literally felt like I was dying of what a heart attack must feel like. I tried all different brands of Tums-like OTC medicines, I ate tons of ice cream (says it cools it, normally it does but not with my pregger-HB), didn't lay down after eating, drank water, chewed peppermint gum, drank milk, drank~yes DRANK!~Pepto Bismal...the list goes on and on. If no "home" remedies work just ask the Doc, I'm sure they can scribe you something safe that works.

      Good luck!

  16. QUESTION:
    How can i help ease heartburn and braxton hicks during pregnancy?
    Hiya. I'm due to give birth in six weeks, and i've just started to get heartburn quite badly. Is there honestly anything i can take for it that wont put the baby at risk? And also, whats the best way to ease braxton hicks? They came on a few days ago and don't seem to be going anywhere fast! xx

    • ANSWER:
      There are a few heartburn remedies you can try before resorting to meds:

      Try to drink between meals and limit your fluids during meals.
      Stop eating 1-2 hours before going to bed.
      Sleep with your head elevated on 2 or 3 pillows.
      Eat a banana- they're natural acid reducers!
      Drink a glass of milk when you feel the heartburn coming on.

      Talk to your doctor before taking any meds during pregnancy. Zantac, Tums, and Pepcid are all safe to take while pregnant. Your doctor may offer more choices, as some 'ok' Prilosec and Prevacid.

      As for the contractions, make sure you're drinking enough water. If you get dehyrdated, you're more likely to have contractions. You should be drinking at least 10 glasses of water a day. Braxton Hicks contrations will usually stop if you change your level of activity- if you were active, try to relax. Lie down or take a warm bath or shower. If you were resting, try going for a walk. Drink two large glasses of water.

      Good luck!

  17. QUESTION:
    How to deal with heartburn in pregnancy?
    My sister is 39Wks + 3 days
    Her heartburn is so bad that she cannot sleep - I know heartburn is common in pregnancy & that she doesn't have long to go - but I don't want her to be overtired for her labour. What can help her cope with it?

    • ANSWER:
      tums are great but I have heart burn so bad that it just leaves me with a chalky taste in my mouth that I can't stand. But I use milk it is so great and I am not a milk drinker but it is great it goes down cold and it is like you can feel the acid being pushed down.

  18. 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...

  19. QUESTION:
    What to eat if i am not able to sleep during my first trimester?
    I am getting up 3 times in night due to either heartburn, or bloating or nausea, I don't know. I am eating plain Costco yogurt 2 times in day and 1 in night as it gives me some relief. Crackers don't help me. In the day time also I am sick if i don't eat every 1 hour or so. Please suggest what to eat to get some relief. Its my 6th week.

    • ANSWER:
      I was advised milk for my heartburn problem, that gave me relief to fall back asleep. Bread also helps. If you're able to put it down, try cereal during the night. The milk will help with heartburn and the cereal will fill you up a little. I really enjoy the Banana Nut Crunch, it's very healthy too. During the day time, you need to play around with food. Sounds weird, but you're bound to find something that won't make you gag at the thought. I ended up eating lots of soup: vegetable, tomato, and etc. The chicken noodle smell made me want to hurl lol. I also made a homemade broccoli and cheese soup, I thinned it out a little so the thickness would not upset my stomach. It was amazing and I froze some of it as well. Peppermint tea helped me with my nausea until I got on zofran. My nausea was pretty bad and my midwife so afraid I would lose weight since I was only 96 pounds pre-pregnancy. The nausea just kept getting worst and during that time, my husband also gave me the stomach virus. Talk about fun! So at around nine weeks, I was put on zofran =) Felt so much better!

  20. QUESTION:
    How many other husbands/partners suffer phantom symptoms of pregnancy?
    I am 9 and a half weeks pregnant, and my husband now says he is suffering from morning sickness, backache and severe tiredness. I think he is just trying to get out of the chores and milking it :)

    • ANSWER:
      My hubby had morning sickness and nausea in the earlier stages of my pregnancy. Even now, he knows when i have heartburn, because he has to reach for the gaviscon at the same time...

  21. 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.

  22. QUESTION:
    How to cure heartburn during my pregnancy?
    I am almost 13 weeks in my 1st pregnancy and believe that I have experienced my first "heartburn" yesterday I ate spaghetti sauce, and around 4 hours after I threw up, and my chest and throat started hurting a little bit after that. Then before I went to sleep once again I threw up, I've been pretty much like that today as well, and my chest hurts, and even swallowing my food makes it hard. What can I do to cure it? Also, when should I be concerned about it?

    • ANSWER:
      Take tums, also try and drink a glass of milk. Try to avoid acidic things like oj. I had heartburn my whole pregnancy and my baby came out with a ton of hair! Your baby will probably have a lot of hair also. Congrats

  23. QUESTION:
    Has anyone taken Zantac for heartburn during pregnancy and had side effects?
    My doctor prescribed me 150mg Zantac two times a day for heartburn.I read the common and not so common side effects like constipation,diarrhea,headache,dizziness,heart palpitations etc...I think Id rather just have heartburn.I am curious though,has anyone really had these types of side effects?

    • ANSWER:
      I have been prescribed Zantac for my heartburn during both pregnancies. During my first I took the prescription for about a week. It did absolutely nothing to ease my heartburn and made me feel like I was dealing with morning sickness all over again even though I was in my second trimester. I don't know if the Zantac contributed to this but I did go into early labor at 28 weeks. Luckily, my doctor's were able to stop my labor in time and I carried until 38 weeks and delivered a healthy 6.7lb baby boy.

      I am now 34 weeks into my second pregnancy and was recently prescribed Zantac again for my heartburn. This time I opted not to take it. Before I was prescribed the Zactac I was taking Tropical Smoothie flavored 750mg Tums but after I decided not to take the Zantac I bought the Mint flavored 1000mg Tums which has been working wonders!

      Also for other heartburn prevention tips:
      - Do not lay down or slouch for about 2 hours after eating. This allows your stomach acid to digest the food without coming back up. If you lay down right after or while you're eating gravity ends up working against you.

      - Raw almonds are also a HUGE life saver! The oils that almonds naturally have help to calm stomach acid.

      - Milk is sometimes a helpful alternative as well and can also give you that extra boost in calcium

      - Honey is another good natural alternative and works the same as the raw almonds (if you have a nut allergy)

  24. QUESTION:
    What things should you be aware of during pregnancy?
    I would like to know key things that you should be aware of during pregnancy
    thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      Well there's the obvious ones, like;
      -It's not healthy or safe to smoke and drink during pregnancy, so give up if you can or only do it in moderation.
      -No heavy lifting, or hard exercise, take it easy as it could be harmful to your baby.
      -Your immune system is less active during pregnancy so you may get ill more, but don't take any medication without asking your doctor first, apart from paracetamol or ibuprofen as they are both fine.
      -You will put on weight, but as long as it's not too fast, it's perfectly normal.
      -You may not show much, or may show a lot more and EVERYONE will comment on this. Unless you are carrying perfectly averagely, people will go ''Oh! You look so much bigger than 20 weeks!'' or ''30 weeks? No, you look more like 16/17 weeks to me.'' And it WILL get annoying.

      Some things I didn't know:
      -Caffeine although is not advised during pregnancy is fine. I have had multiple cans of coke, and cups of coffee and I am absolutely fine at 38 weeks pregnant.
      -Everyone says you have to change your diet and be super super healthy, but as long as you're not packing on the pounds, or losing weight you can eat whatever you want within limits.
      -Prenatal vitamins are not essential. I did not take any, and my baby is fine. They don't help the baby at all, they help YOU, as baby will take everything he or she needs from your body, and it's only then if you're left with a deficiency that you need to take supplements, like iron tablets etc.
      -Soft cheese isn't good for pregnancy. Nor is rare seafood, uncooked meat, or processed cheeses. You should stay away from them.
      -Pregnancy will be hell on your body. You will get back pains, and cramps, and nausea, and heartburn, and constipation/diarrhea, and increased discharge, and swollen breasts that leak milk all over your bedding or nice new bra.
      -You don't get stretch marks JUST on your tummy. I have no stretch marks on my tummy, I have them from the top of my hips ALL the way down my bum, thighs and top of my legs. They are disgusting when there, but they happen, whether you put on weight or not.
      -Every single woman you talk to, whether she has had a child or not will try and give you advice and tell you what to do. At first, this will be welcomed by you. But after 20 weeks of it it starts to get a little old. -.-
      -Every step of the way, you will worry like mad. Every thing that could go wrong with pregnancy, you will be convinced at one point it's happening to you. Pre-eclampsia, stillbirth, every time baby stops moving you will worry, but every time baby moves you will feel like complaining that they are moving too much..
      -You don't need millions of baby clothes, just stock up on nappies, they will come in SO handy when in the first week you're both too tired to go out and get any yourselves, having a mountain of nappies will make everything easier. This goes for wipes, talc, baby shampoo etc as well. Instead of walking through a shop with baby things and picking out random outfits every time you go in, try and pick up a pack of nappies, and some wipes. :)
      -The last 4 weeks, will be the slowest time if your LIFE. ever. :P

      Good luck,

  25. QUESTION:
    Can someone please tell me something i can do for severe heartburn besides Tums?
    I am early on in pregnancy and have terrible heartburn and I can't stomach the taste of tums or rolaids- is there anything else someone could tell me that works?

    • ANSWER:
      Milk will give you instant relief but not for a long period of time.

  26. QUESTION:
    How soon are there signs of pregnancy?
    How soon will it take after conception to feel the first "side effects" of pregnancy?
    Also, I am on the pill, I am only on my thrid week of pills, have not missed any, and take them at the same time every day. I know its possible to get pregnant on the pill...I had a light flow last night and this morning and wonder if this could also be a sign.

    • ANSWER:
      Early signs of pregnancy: #1

      Missed Period
      Perhaps the most obvious early symptom of pregnancy is when you've missed your period. This possible sign of pregnancy is often what causes women to search for more details about the other pregnancy symptoms.

      Some women might only experience a much lighter period compared to their usual. You might not experience any of the pregnancy signs listed below until around the time you notice you've missed your monthly cycle.

      Early signs of pregnancy: #2

      Just "Feeling" Pregnant
      This early pregnancy symptom may be the reason why you are checking this list right now. Many women believe they have an intuition about pregnancy signs. Their intuition is often proven correct.

      Maybe you just feel different; tired, moody, queasy, lightheaded. You may also have heartburn, constipation, or find yourself making more frequent trips to the restroom. Perhaps you feel a dull ache or stiffness in your lower back, you have sore breasts or they seem overly sensitive, or you are simply not feeling like your usual self.

      Early signs of pregnancy: #3

      Breast Tenderness
      One of the very noticeable early signs of pregnancy is tender, swollen, somewhat sore breasts. You may notice this pregnancy sign at bedtime when you are trying to get comfortable and go to sleep, when exercising or showering, or when getting dressed.

      When you become pregnant, your body begins preparing your breasts for producing milk and breastfeeding. Hormones start increasing. In addition to breast tenderness and swelling, your nipples may feel sore or extra sensitive. Some women notice their nipples darken in color.

      Your breasts play an important role in childbirth. They are naturally sensitive and become far more so when pregnant. This is one of the most obvious early symptoms of pregnancy.

      Early signs of pregnancy: #4

      Fatigue
      One of the earliest pregnancy signs for some women may be fatigue and exhaustion. You may start going to bed sooner, or find it harder than usual to get out of bed in the morning. If you are working, by noon you may feel like you need to lie down. Exercising seems like too much effort. A simple activity like shopping may leave you feeling wiped out and lightheaded. This early pregnancy symptom is caused by all of the changes that your body is going through, plus the increasing levels of hormones.

      If you know you are pregnant, try to take frequent rests or naps of 15 minutes to a half-hour whenever possible. Explain to your family, friends and coworkers that you need these naps. Ask for their help in blocking out rest times for you.

      Early signs of pregnancy: #5

      Frequent Urination
      An early symptom of pregnancy that others may notice you experiencing is frequent trips to the restroom. Your family or friends may comment that you seem to be going off to the ladies room quite often lately. One cause of this pregnancy symptom is that the swelling uterus can put pressure on your bladder.

      Also, pregnancy causes extra body fluids to be processed by your kidneys and bladder. That means more trips to the restroom. Sorry to have to say this, but this symptom of pregnancy may remain constant for nine months.

      Early signs of pregnancy: #6

      Nausea
      One of these pregnancy signs of queasiness, nausea and vomiting can take you by surprise when you least expect it. These early pregnancy symptoms may come as soon as a week into the pregnancy. Many women experience illness in the morning when they have coffee and/or eat something on an empty stomach. This is known as morning sickness. Other women notice nausea in the afternoon or evening. Others feel queasy all day.

      This pregnancy symptom may often be helped by eating smaller, more frequent snack size meals. Many women say saltine crackers and milk seem to be helpful. This is an early symptom of pregnancy that seems to show up about a month after pregnancy has begun. It tends to level off once you are into your second trimester and your body adjusts to all the many changes it is going through.

      Early signs of pregnancy: #7

      Dizziness and/or Fainting
      One of the more surprising pregnancy signs is dizziness and/or fainting. Going up stairs, standing up suddenly after sitting for a time, or just having to stand in line at the grocery store can make you feel light headed. You might even faint. As the uterus swells it compresses arteries in your legs. This can drop your blood pressure and make you dizzy.

      A common early sign of pregnancy is that you may feel faint when you have gone a while without eating. This is due to low blood sugar, because that is your baby's main source of food. You want to eat frequent, healthy snacks to keep your blood sugar up. Stock up on portable lunch box foods you can take with you. Such as apples, bananas, grapes, yogurt cups, carrots and celery, cheese and crackers, small cartons of milk, juice boxes, granola bars, boxes of raisins, etc.

      Early signs of pregnancy: #8

      Food Cravings, or Aversions to Foods
      A well-known cliché is the pregnancy sign-symptom of craving certain foods or unusual combinations of foods. For example, one woman said she craved midnight snacks of warm peach pie topped with vanilla ice cream. Everyone has a funny story about food cravings.

      Taking a good pre-natal vitamin supplement and a pure fish oil capsule may ease some cravings and help prevent extra weight gain (see below) ... and of course it is doctor recommended for the health of your baby.

      Less well known but equally common pregnancy signs are aversions to certain foods. You may find that some foods you previously enjoyed are no longer appetizing. One woman told us she had always liked pizza, but couldn't stand it at all while she was expecting. Just the smell of it made her feel nausea. This problem may come and go for some women. For others it could last throughout pregnancy.

      Early signs of pregnancy: #9

      Sensitivity to Aromas
      Another related early symptom of pregnancy is a heightened sensitivity to aromas. Even a favorite aroma, such as the smell of a food or perfume, can make you gag. The smell of fresh mowed grass, the smell of a gas station, smells of various foods, household cleaners, perfumes, cigarette smoke, etc., can all cause you to feel nauseated (see nausea symptom above). This is thought to be yet another side effect of the estrogen that is flooding your body.

      Early signs of pregnancy: #10

      Heartburn and/or Constipation
      This pregnancy symptom is caused by the uterus starting to swell and pushing against the stomach and other organs as it grows. Also, increasing levels of hormones may slow down digestion and bowel functions to allow the body to absorb as much vitamins, minerals and nutrients as possible from foods. Taking a quality prenatal multi-vitamin-mineral supplement is important to help your body get the nutrients it needs for your growing baby.

      The slower emptying of the stomach may also cause the release of increased stomach acid to aid digestion, leading to a feeling of heartburn. Soda crackers and sparkling water can help. Smaller more frequent meals are easier to digest. Drink plenty of water and eat fruits, vegetables and perhaps some raisin and bran cereal to help regularity. Some daily vitamin formulas also contain digestive enzymes (from pineapple and papaya fruits). These can help with digestion.

      Ask your doctor before taking any kind of antacids as some contain aluminum and should be avoided. These two pregnancy symptoms can last throughout your term.

      Early signs of pregnancy: #11

      Mood Swings and Irritability

      With all of these symptoms of pregnancy to deal with, along with raging hormones, is it any wonder you may experience some mood swings and irritability? There is also the emotional adjustment period to your new responsibility. Your world has changed. Even when your pregnancy is carefully planned, it is normal for your mind to suddenly be filled with questions about the timing, your career, finances, insurance, labor and delivery, motherhood, even the future costs of college.

      It is perfectly normal to feel mixed emotions, excitement and depression, joy and sorrow, laughter and tears. Your partner may be very confused by this and may not seem to be supportive. Explain that your mood swings are very normal signs of pregnancy and that you need support and understanding.

      You are the one doing all the hard work here and it is not asking too much for your partner to be patient, loving and to have plenty of hugs and kind words of support ready when you need them. Most fathers-to-be want very much to be supportive, they just need instructions. No one has ever told them anything about pregnancy symptoms. It is all a mystery to them.

      We encourage you to email or print-out this early symptom of pregnancy checklist so your partner can read it too.

      This early symptom of pregnancy may decrease in the second trimester. Meanwhile get plenty of sleep, eat right, take your prenatal vitamins and get some moderate exercise by taking short walks.

      Early signs of pregnancy: #12

      Higher body temperature
      One of the pregnancy symptoms that takes a while to gauge is higher than usual body temperature. You may have been feeling a little bit warm lately and wondered if you are coming down with a cold or something. Take your temperature and see if it is higher than it normally would be.

      If you've been trying to conceive and hoping to get pregnant (it's a tough job but somebody has to do it), your doctor may already have suggested that you keep a record of your body temperature every day. If your temperature is higher than usual and it stays high for two weeks in a row, something is obviously going on with your body. You may be pregnant (or you may have a low grade fever). Prolonged periods of increased temperature are a cause to seek your doctor's opinion.

      Early signs of pregnancy: #13

      Implantation Bleeding
      One of the less known pregnancy symptoms is the slight bleeding and spotting that can be caused when the fertilized egg begins to implant itself into the uterus. This is known as "implantation bleeding" and it usually takes place between 3 to 6 days after fertilization.

      Once the egg becomes implanted in the uterus - congratulations, you are no longer wondering about pregnancy symptoms, you are indeed pregnant. At this point you might notice a little bit of red or pink spotting. Not all women experience implantation bleeding so it is not considered one of the most obvious pregnancy signs.

      Early signs of pregnancy: #14

      A Positive Pregnancy Test
      If you are worrying about possible early symptoms of pregnancy, you can put your mind at ease with a pregnancy test. More than just a pregnancy symptom, this is scientific proof positive of whether you are expecting a baby or not.

      Pregnancy tests work best if you wait to take them until at least a day or two after you miss your period. Even if the pregnancy test result is negative you should try it again a few days later to be sure. The best pregnancy tests are the ones done by your doctor or medical clinic. However there are some very high quality at home tests available too.

      Early signs of pregnancy: #15

      Weight Gain
      Yes the unavoidable weight gain is also a sign. Your clothes are getting tighter, you are feeling bloated, the weight showing on the scale is going up... you are getting bigger and that is simply part of being pregnant.

      However your odd food cravings may not be as strong if you are taking your prenatal vitamins and fish oil capsules. The cravings may be due to your body's need for special nutrition. The importance of pre-natal vitamins and fish oil capsules

      Your doctor will tell you that if you are trying to conceive, or you believe you may be experiencing early pregnancy symptoms, you should be taking daily pre-natal vitamins. Vitamin supplements offer support for trying to conceive, for your health and for the health of your baby.

      Your body is under great nutritional demands to feed the growing little person inside you. For example, the March of Dimes encourages women to take a multi-vitamin containing folic acid, (a B vitamin).

      Folic acid can help prevent birth defects. Help your body and your baby's body get the nutrition it needs. Take a quality pre-natal vitamin with folic acid.

      Many pregnant women are now also taking a high quality pharmaceutical grade quality fish oil supplement. This gives you the important nutrients of DHA and omega-3 for healthy babies.

      It has been shown in clinical studies that diets rich in omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil which provides DHA, will help to provide nutritional support to a baby's visual, nerve and brain function.

      Fish oil capsules vary in quality. Distilled pharmaceutical grade fish oil is thought by many to be the very best quality. Don't take any chances on the quality of some "mystery fish" oil ... the very best kind we've ever found in our endless research is this amazingly good fish oil.

  27. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of heartburn when pregnant?
    I'ts official, I'm an insomniac because of my heartburn. I've heard that milk helps, but It makes me sick. Does this mean plain yogurt can help heartburn? What can I do to end the heartburn? Tums only works for 2 minutes, then the heartburn is back to haunt me.

    • ANSWER:
      Get your doctor or pharmacist to recommend a good antacid for you. not all antacids are recommended during pregnancy so it is always advisable to get expert advice.
      Unfortunately heartburn is usually inevitable for pregnant women as the baby bump pushes up and displaces the stomach causing acid reflux.

  28. 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!

  29. QUESTION:
    When did you start getting bad heartburn? Tips?
    I'm 10w and 2 days and last night I started getting "weird" discomfort in my chest. I ignored it. When I got up this morning: it didn't hurt. But about a half hour after eating, I started hurting again so I figured its heart burn. I took 4 tums about an hour ago and the discomfort is gone.
    Heart burn, right?
    When did you start getting bad heartburn? How Many tums are safe to take a day? Any other suggestions/tips to dealing with heartburn?
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I had awful heartburn pretty much from the start of this pregnancy and it is just now easing up a little since the baby is dropping.. I'll be 36 weeks tomorrow. I still get it but not to the point of making me throw up from it, like it used to be.

      When it was really bad, I tried EVERYTHING... mints, tums, rolaids, milk, cold water.. nothing eased the pain for longer than a few minutes and for my baby's sake, I didn't want to keep taking more meds.. So i would just suffer...

      Then I came across these great things called pudding cups.. YES, im serious! lol.. I would buy them and keep them very cold and when I would start to feel the burn, I'd just eat one of those slowly, savoring every bite.. I guess since it has the milk in it, plus its really thick that it coated my throat and took care of the acid too.

      I suppose if yours gets too bad and you want to take a break from the tums, it wouldn't hurt to try. Its the only thing that helped me!

  30. QUESTION:
    What are your current pregnancy cravings?
    I have read you can have pregnancy cravings at any point during a pregancny. For some ladies its as early as the first month, others it varies.
    With my previous pregnancy- I craved spicy foods & corn dogs off and on..
    With my current one, Im craving a ton of dairy products. Cheeses, Yogurts and Milk (of course). Not really into ice cream.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm 21 weeks along and throughout my pregnancy I've craved anything spicy (although now that the heartburn is starting to kick in I'm trying to nip this one in the butt), sour patch kids, fruit loops OMG fruit loops are awesome lol, those canned green beans with onions and red bell peppers in them and last but not least....turkey, lots of mustard and a ton of pickles sandwhiches. Hehe thats about all I eat all day....My honey is worried that the baby is going to turn out eating nothing but turkey sandwhiches and fruit loops.

  31. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of early pregnancy heart burn?
    I have been having the worst heart burn, especially at night when I am attempting to sleep. Are there any tricks to help with heart burn?
    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      NO -- DON'T LAY DOWN!

      Pregnancy heartburn is caused by the fact that the baby is starting to get in the way of your internal organs and begins to push them out of the way. In particular, the stomach, which used to hang down vertically, begins to get squished up, and by the end of pregnancy it's 90 degrees off-kilter from where it began. All of this messes with its size, capacity, and the location of the valve at the top of the stomach. When this happens, you run the risk of the stomach acid spilling out the top. Keeping vertical for 2 hours after eating helps a lot. Also, try to have 6 smaller meals rather than 3 big ones during the day, or you'll simply over-fill the stomach and the result will be that it tries to come back up the esophagus.

      However, dairy can help in this matter, which is a little strange because it doesn't help stress-related acid-reflux because I used to have that too. A glass of milk can soothe it (if you've already over -stuffed yourself, it won't help that much and you'll be reaching for the TUMS) but I find that yogurt is actually a better alternative than milk. Not sure why, but it works for me!

  32. QUESTION:
    Any remedies for getting rid of heartburn?
    31wks 3 days pregnant with baby # 2. I woke up last night with the worst heart burn in my life. I had a drink of milk and that didn't work. I know I can't take Pepto Bismol, do tums work? Does anybody know of a good remedy for really bad heart burn??
    I did not have any spicy foods before bed, i ate ham, mashed potatoes and mixed veggies for dinner. and woke up at 4am with the heartburn.

    • ANSWER:
      Tums will work, but when they neutralize the acid the pancreas senses there is no acid and tells the stomach to make more so you actually take more Tums (ingenious for the company). Zantaz is an OTC medication and has been studied with great safety in pregnancy. Zantac will reduce your heartburn by blocking the stomach's receptors so that when the pancreas tells it to make more it does not hear the message. Call your doctor and ask them for a Zantac prescription

  33. QUESTION:
    Can I take Zantac 75 for heartburn during pregnancy?
    Im 22 weeks pregnant and suffering with constant heartburn(I have it even when Im not pregnant but pregnancy just made it worse).Did anyone take Zantac when pregnant or know if its ok to take it?

    • ANSWER:
      The only thing I know that is okay to take is tums. Tums are fine during pregnancy. Hopefully they will help, also, you can try drinking some milk.

      Kim

  34. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to reduce heartburn, and what cause heartburn?
    I'm 30, not smoking, drink very little, and took lots of diff. med. but still no help! People said bcuz' stress.

    • ANSWER:
      acid reflux, pregnancy and ulcers all cause heartburn. Occational heart burn may be caused by eating too fast. If this is the case, take smaller bites and chew your food throughly. Also, drinking milk or chocolate milk helps to releive the pain.

  35. QUESTION:
    How can I maintain a healthy weight during pregnancy?
    I am having terrible morning sickness (all day sickness) and am having trouble keeping down anything solid, including crackers. Liquids seem to be fine as long as they're not too cold. What can I do to make sure that I am getting enough nutrients to maintain a healthy weight that me and the baby will stay/be healthy?
    I also take prenatal vitamins, but they don't stay down all of the time, either.
    Please Help!

    • ANSWER:
      I found tons of great information about eating healthy while pregnant from WebMD; here is one bit of information that may be of interest to you:

      "What to Eat When Pregnant and Don't Feel Well

      During pregnancy you may have morning sickness, diarrhea, or constipation. You may find it hard to keep foods down, or you may feel too sick to even eat at all. Here are some suggestions:

      * Morning Sickness: Eat crackers, cereal, or pretzels before getting out of bed; eat small, frequent meals throughout the day; avoid fatty, fried, and greasy foods.
      * Constipation: Eat more fresh fruit and vegetables. Also drink 6 to 8 glasses of water a day.
      * Diarrhea: Eat more foods that contain pectin and gums (two types of dietary fiber) to help absorb excess water. Examples of these foods are applesauce, bananas, white rice, oatmeal, and refined wheat bread.
      * Heartburn: Eat small, frequent meals throughout the day; try drinking milk before eating; and limit caffeinated foods and beverages."

      For more information about eating healthy while pregnant, visit the link below:
      http://www.webmd.com/baby/guide/pregnancy-healthy-eating

      I wish you and your baby the best of health!

  36. QUESTION:
    Is it normal to have a lot of heartburn vert early in pregnancy?
    Like just hot coals in your throat kind of heartburn....ouch! = ( Like everything you eat almost gives you heartburn even dry cereal?

    • ANSWER:
      Very common. I had it from about 12 weeks. Know a safe and easy cure? Have a glass of full cream milk. Works everytime :)

  37. QUESTION:
    Does milk help in pregnancy heartburn?
    I am 30 weeks pregnant and for 2-3 days now, I wake up in the middle of the night with heartburn and sweating. Someone said milk will help. I will call up my doc tomorrow but wanted a general opinion. Will milk help? What are other household remedies (dont wanna drug myself with meds)

    • ANSWER:
      It will help but only for a short time. Good luck

  38. QUESTION:
    Whats some good way to relieve horrid heartburn?
    I have the worst heartburn! Everything gives me heartburn! Even pancakes...sometimes I drink 4 glasses of milk and I still have heartburn.

    • ANSWER:
      Tums, and they are safe in pregnancy

  39. QUESTION:
    What's your remedy for pregnancy heartburn?
    I have terrible heartburn and with my last pregnancy, I took lots of Tums which my doc said was ok, but I was wondering what natural remedies work just as good. Thanks!

    Oh-it's not just spicy foods I have to avoid-I get heartburn from even drinking water!! It's everything that causes it~

    • ANSWER:
      OMG! I know exactly what you mean. Even if I dont eat something (when I went for a glucose test) I get heartburn. I have been drinking milk and that helps tons. And, peppermints also help. I keep those soft ones at my desk and suck on those. But, like you said water even brings it on too. So, I hope these help you. Good luck!

  40. QUESTION:
    How much is the required amount of milk for a pregnant woman to drink?
    I'm lactose but i guess i'll have to just drink it.Thx for answering.

    • ANSWER:
      NONE....

      I have no intolerance for lactose... I just absolutely cannot stand the taste or smell of milk. I can't drink it when I am not pregnant and with the heightened sense of smell during pregnancy even somone around me drinking it has sent me running for the restroom. My Dr reccomended calcium tablets. They are huge but he also told me I could try something like the viactiv chews if I didnt think I could handle the pills. He told me to eat and drink things with high calcium. He said that a calcium fortified juice with breakfast would help keep my levels on track too. Have yogurt or cheese and crackers for a snack. Milk is no the only source of clacium and there is no point in making yourself feel sick. The morning sickness, heartburn and other symptoms of pregnancy will doo a swell job of that on their own!

  41. QUESTION:
    What did you do to relieve this pregnancy symptom?
    I am 30 weeks pregnant and have some serious leg cramps at night. I went and saw a doctor and I don't have any blood clots. I have read up on this symptom, but none of the "What to Expect" books suggestions worked for me. Any tested methods that worked for you would be a great.

    • ANSWER:
      I had terrible leg cramps. I am a grandmother now and still get leg cramps. Each of my daughters suffered with them too and the following remedy has worked for us all.

      THe best solution I have found was to eat potassium rich foods, which are healthy for you anyway. A banana, a kiwi fruit, some blueberries (those are my favorites), even a gatoraide although gatoraide can also cause some heartburn. When I was pregnant I had terrible heartburn too so I avoided gatoraide. Anyway, eat a banana or kiwi each night before bed.

      For a nice bed-time treat, slice a banana up in a bowl and pour a little milk on it (so you get your calcium too). Drizzle it with real honey. Within just a couple of nights you will notice a reduced amount of leg cramps. Some finer fruited yogurts also are high in potassium. I hope this helps.

      You might also try some leg warmers (if you can find them). THey used to be easy to find, but now you'd probably have to get them from a dance supply place.

  42. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of heartburn while pregnant?
    I think I'm 6 weeks along, I won't know for sure until I set up an appt with my doctor on Monday.
    Anyway, I have the worst heartburn I have ever experienced in my life. I'm not sure what is safe to take while pregnant since this is my first pregnancy. Please help :(

    • ANSWER:
      Chewable tums and rolaids are safe, so is liquid maalox. I personally can't take any of those so I eat cereal when I have heartburn as I can't drink plain milk. If you can stomach plain milk drink a glass and that should work as well.

  43. QUESTION:
    Anyone have any home remedies for heartburn?
    I'm 22 weeks pregnant and I have the worse acid indigestion I've ever had. It's horrible! I don't only have heartburn 90% of the time, but I'm neaseaus with occasional vomiting.

    Does anyone know any pregnancy safe tricks I could try? I'm already taking tums and zantac, which are helping a bit. But any additional ideas would be welcome. I'm desperate!

    • ANSWER:
      Drink a glass of milk..my boyfriend does when he has heartburn and he says it works for him.

  44. QUESTION:
    Is horrible heartburn at 5 weeks pregnant normal?
    I have never had heartburn in my life. Not even with my pregnancy with my daughter. But gosh these past few days I am having horrible heartburn. Milk helps calm it, but is this normal at 5 weeks pregnant?

    • ANSWER:
      Yeah, it's normal.

      They say heartburn and hair are related. Like, the more heartburn, the more hair your baby will have. It's actually been proven that old wives tale has truth to it!

      I'm having awful heartburn, too. I'm 8 weeks.

  45. QUESTION:
    Why do I get acid reflux only at night, and how do I stop it?
    For the past few night I have woken up with acid reflux so bad that I am choking and gagging. I've tried drinking milk. crackers. laying on my left side. I seriously need help getting rid of this! Why is it only happening at night?

    • ANSWER:
      I just asked my doctor this exact question last night. She said when you are laying down more acid travels upwards and to try sleeping slightly inclined. She told me besides tums I can take maalox which would neutralize the acid in your stomach before it travels up and that may help. I have had heartburn through the whole pregnancy but for some reason in the third trimester it has gotten unbearable sometimes. It feels like water gives me heartburn!! Anyway, I am trying maalox so I'll let you know how it goes!! Good luck.

  46. QUESTION:
    what are some ways to aleviate hearburn in pregnancy?
    im 5 months pregnant. going to the doctor and staying healthy. i have such bad heartburn and some nights i cannot sleep. it makes me so sick and a lot of the time i throw up. im still in school so that makes it diffucult, any tips??

    • ANSWER:
      One way to help with heartburn is to not drink while you are eating. Fluid helps the gases build up which causes the heartburn. Also, a glass of milk helps.

      You doctor can also prescribe a medication if over the counter medications don't help.

      Hope you find something to help you! Heartburn is awful!

  47. QUESTION:
    Any tips how to cure pregnancy heartburn?
    I've had it for almost an hour now, it usually doesn't last this long for me.

    • ANSWER:
      you can take tums or other antacids to ease the pain. milk can help too. if you want to help avoid heartburn in the future stay away from greasy or acidic foods like red pasta sauce, citrus, carbonated beverages, and burgers.

  48. QUESTION:
    Is it okay to take milk of magnesia during pregnancy?
    I took it once, but I'm waiting till my next doctor's appointment to ask my doctor. Anyone asked their doctor the same question?

    It gave me diarrhea, cha cha chaaa.

    • ANSWER:
      yes, it should be fine. It will give you diarrhea, it's a saline laxative. If you took it for heartburn and not constipation, try Tums (smooth dissolve were nice, no residuals) , Maalox or Mylanta.

      Always check with your OB-Gyn before taking over the counter medications. You can ask your doctor for a list of approved medications for use during pregnancy.

  49. QUESTION:
    Can you recommend any foods or drinks that help you with your heartburn during pregnancy?
    Foods or drinks that make it go away or at least make it hurt less.
    I don't mean tums or rolaids, I mean natural stuff

    • ANSWER:
      I drink a glass of milk whenever I have heartburn-which has been ALL week and it seems to calm it. They say to avoid greasy foods, spicy food or anything that has acid but I've had heartburn when I haven't eaten anything like that. But I'm curious as to what other people say too.

      Great question!

  50. QUESTION:
    Is it normal to get heartburn in early pregnancy? And also get full quickly?
    There is a possibility I'm 16 days pregnant, this is very early but can you can heart burn badly at this stage? I seem to keep getting really full and bloated quickly too. I'll be really hungry then eat and be full really quickly and get really bloated for ages.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes! It's awful! I suffered with is so bad all the way up until I was 42 weeks! I had a heart burn relief that was suitable for pregnancy, you can get it con prescription from your doctors and drinking milk helps! I guzzled 4 pints a day lol
      Congratulations on your baby :)


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