Pregnancy Heartburn What Can I Take

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 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.

  2. 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

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

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

  4. QUESTION:
    My body is showing signs of pregnancy but the home pregnancy tests show otherwise?
    I already have a child and I DO NOT want another one anytime soon. Me and my boyfriend use protection plus I am on implanon. My body has been showing signs of pregnancy: painful breasts, heartburn, mood swings, nausea, frequent urination, enlarged & firm abdomen. I take a home pregnancy test about every other month and they all say negative. Any advice?

    • ANSWER:
      Call your doctor. I doubt your pregnant if your that careful but it's possible something else is wrong. Make an appointment and get checked out, just to make sure everything is alright.

  5. QUESTION:
    Any helpful ideas on how to get rid of pregnancy heartburn???
    Hi ladies. Im 23 weeks pregnant & Im miserable with daily-killer-annoying heartburn. It seems that anything I eat or drink causes it. I take Tums & it works for a few minutes then its back again. Im desperate for any home remedies or anything that has worked for you. Please help! Thanks ;)

    • ANSWER:
      Oh boy did you bring back memories of former dragon. I suffered acid reflux through four pregnancys, so I can sympathize. I found the most helpful thing to be the liquid antacids, actually. My favorite was Mylanta Supreme with Calcium, in the Creme Cherry flavor. I had dozens of bottles stashed all over the place, every room of the house, in the car, and in my purse. I kept a bottle in the refrigerator because it always felt so good going down ice cold. I swear sometimes you could hear the sizzle when it hit the fire in my stomach. My husband got me a very firm wedge pillow for sleeping and sitting on the couch, which also helped. I also found that it helped to graze rather than eat anything like a regular sized meal. I'm on the short side of things, and my reflux was due to the baby pressing my stomach upwards, so things just gradually got worse until the babies dropped prior to delivery. At that point I could eat like a horse, and the heartburn was radically less. Since the source of trouble was the baby, not the food, it really didn't matter what I ate to tell you the truth. I had heartburn with just about everything I ate. Things also reached a point where each baby could roll over or kick and relieve me of my lunch with no warning, and the liquid Mylanta was the only thing that helped put out the fire afterwards. After everyone telling me that heartburn meant hair, I expected baby gorillas instead of humans, but each time I had a baby with a fuzz covered cueball of a head- no hair to speak of. Guess the heartburn toasted it off! Anyway, the only things that ever helped were the liquid Mylanta, and grazing, and the wedge pillow. Just don't ever lay flat, that's an invite to trouble. Just find your favorite flavor of liquid, and buy it by the case. At least it contains calcium, so you both have strong bones. My sympathies, dear- and it should improve after the baby drops. Then you can eat to make up for the lost time.

  6. 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 ?

  7. QUESTION:
    Any helpful ideas on how to get rid of pregnancy heartburn???
    Hi ladies. Im 23 weeks pregnant & Im miserable with daily-killer-annoying heartburn. It seems that anything I eat or drink causes it. I take Tums & it works for a few minutes then its back again. Im desperate for any home remedies or anything that has worked for you. Please help! Thanks ;)

    • ANSWER:
      Two Zantac. Although they are safe for pregnant women, you should always check with your doctor before taking any medicines. You are not taking enough Tums if it is returning that quickly, try to chew more of them.

  8. QUESTION:
    How far along in pregnancy does heartburn occur ?
    Just wondering bcoz i have heartburn for the past 2hours...(Could it be a symptom)

    • ANSWER:
      I doubt it is. It's bot impossible but I doubt it. Heartburn generally occurs because of the pressure a baby causes on your stomach but this usually happens further in to pregnancy when the baby is a decent size. It would be uncommon for heartburn to be your first symptom, especially as so much can cause heartburn. When you're trying to conceive though it seems like every little change could be a symptom! I say relax, don't worry about anything and it will happen when it happens. All food things come to those who wait :o )

  9. QUESTION:
    Am I pregnant or does something else has the same symptoms ?
    I have all the pregnancy symptoms nasuea heartburn swollen stomach going to the bathroom alot but I've still been getting my period every month so,,,,, could something else give the same symptoms of pregnancy?

    • ANSWER:
      Early stage liver failure also causes a swollen belly, heartburn and frequent urination.

  10. QUESTION:
    Are there remedies for pregnancy heartburn?
    I'm only 18 weeks along in my second pregnancy and I'm having painful heartburn every evening. Can anybody tell me a remedy or even some advice on avoiding heartburn? Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Have plenty of really cold milk, icecreams.Avoid tea,coffee, chocolates and biscuits. Have something every half hour, so if yr stomach is not completely empty, you wont have too much production of acidity.

  11. QUESTION:
    What causes heartburn, and why do some people get it and others do not?
    What causes heartburn?

    And, how come some people get it but others do not? Even kids/teens get it, right? Not just adults.

    • ANSWER:
      heartburn is evil...it picks on some people, but not on others. i never had heartburn before. but near the end of m pregnancy...oh baby! it got so bad there were times i was ready to hit the ER becaue i couldn't breathe, and the pain was so horrible!

      there's many causes for it, but mostly because of the way your body reacts with the acids in the food you eat. and caffeine agrivates it as well. spicy foods, citrus fruits, soda...and apparently pregnancy can cause it...and sometimes it's so bad that water makes it worse!

      kids and teens can get it, but i think it's more common the older you get. i don't know why, and wikipedia didn't say. but there's the link to all the scientific mumbo jumbo.

  12. QUESTION:
    What is the earliest time that you could take a pregnancy test, and is feeling dizzy after one week a sign?
    I am feeling dizzy and was wondering if this could be a pregnancy symptom after a week of unprotected sex.. and when can i take the test the earliest?

    • ANSWER:
      i would take a test after you've missed your period.
      feeling dizzy is one of the symptoms.

      along with:

      ?missed menstrual period
      ?nausea
      ?extreme fatigue
      ?frequent urination
      ?tender breasts
      ?headache
      ?heartburn
      ?constipation
      ?spotting
      ?feeling faint

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

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

  14. QUESTION:
    When did your pregnancy start to get uncomfortable?
    Hasn't hit me yet. Except for heartburn. There's gotta be a catch.....

    I would love to hear your experiences!

    • ANSWER:
      I just hit my 9 month mark, so i have about 5 more weeks left, and I have not yet felt uncomfortable. But its important to stay healthy, and I think that, that really helps with your comfort. I have walked every day (almost!) and I drink lots of water. Maybe that has something to do with it, or maybe I have just been lucky! Good luck with your pregnancy! =)

  15. QUESTION:
    How soon do you typically feel the symptoms associated with pregnancy?
    It's too soon for me to take a pregnancy test. My period isn't due until the end of the month. There's a chance that I am pregnant right now but I'm curious if I would be feeling symptoms, such as morning sickness, this early if I am pregnant.

    • ANSWER:
      It's really different for each woman. You normally see the signs of pregnancy before you feel them. For me, it was a missed period, then more-than-usual discharge, extra trips to urinate, tender breasts, and then exhaustion. All in that order. I'm waiting on the morning sickness. It happened to me the last two times, and it hates me. Then will come the hip sciatica problem, heartburn, and more exhaustion and peeing. Finally, swelling of legs and feet and the baby will be here soon. All typical for me. But like I said, every woman is different.

  16. QUESTION:
    When did you first start getting pregnancy symptoms?
    I am not due to come on my period until feb 7th, but I fell horrible. Nausea, heartburn and aches. Could I be pregnant, or is this way too early for symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      Hey there. Everyone woman is different, and every woman's body will react differently to pregnancy hormones.

      I didn't get any symptoms until 5 weeks. And even then it was just swollen feet. No morning sickness or anything! The only way I knew for sure was a pregnancy test.

      But I have heard of people experiencing morning sickness as soon as they fall pregnant. My sister-in-law was sick from day one and it lasted right up until she gave birth. Her body just couldn't handle the pregnancy hormones.

      So everyone is different. You should do a test though, that is the only way to know for sure!

  17. QUESTION:
    How early did you start taking tums for heartburn while pregnant?
    So i have heard is okay to take tums for heartburn will pregnant, but how soon is it okay. I started taking this when i get heart burn at 3 1/2 months.

    • ANSWER:
      I started taking tums for my heartburn when I was in my third trimester. I lucked out to not get heartburn till that point, but they are safe throughout your pregnancy dear! =)

  18. QUESTION:
    Can I take a pregnancy test a week earlier than when my period should start?
    My husband and I are trying to concieve and i'm having a lot of symptoms telling me i'm pregnant- heartburn, sore breasts, mild cramps (which I had with my first child), and lots of fatigue. I am having a hard time waiting another week to find out! Will it be accurate if I take it a week early from my missed period.

    • ANSWER:
      yes get first response test its the best, took it even at night and it showed up a week before I was to get my period, I had to know for medical reasons.... so i found out when i was 3 weeks pg....

  19. QUESTION:
    How many of you had a hairy baby? Did you have heartburn during pregnancy?
    I read that when you have heartburn during pregnancy it means you are more likely to have a hairy baby. With my first I did not have heart burn and he barely had any hair, with this one I have horrible heartburn and he is hairy :) Does this work for you? What do you think?

    • ANSWER:
      yes with my first child i had a little heartburn & he had some hair & with my second child i had worse heartburn & he had lots more hair

  20. QUESTION:
    How long do you have pregnancy symptoms after birth?
    I gave birth eight months ago and I still have pregnancy symptoms.. Is this normal? I'm gassy, eat a lot, randomly turned on, my acid reflex is coming back more, and from time to time.. I feel movement. Is this normal?

    • ANSWER:
      Pregnant again?...sorry couldn't resist :P

      But, I had my baby 4.5 months ago and still have some of my pregnancy symptoms. I do eat a lot and I still have heartburn. I also get movement, but I think it's my muscles spasming since it takes forever for them to get back into place and "normal." I wouldn't worry too much.

  21. 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

  22. 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

  23. QUESTION:
    What are the first and earliest signs of pregnancy?
    I've had constant nausia for the last week and a half. I've always eaten spicey foods, but got heartburn the last time I just ate chips & salsa. So tired, every day. I've been on the pill for 8 years, and always take it right. Is it possible for me to get pregnant?

    • ANSWER:
      I experienced fatigue, especially while at work. Lol, particularly at a bad time, I was up for a promotion, it didn't help my job performance all that well. Lol. That's what prompted me to take a pregnancy test. I felt fatigued, I would crave foods I didn't normally eat, I could barely eat, food just wouldn't stay down because of the nausea. I was horribly cranky! Almost like PMS, and I've never had PMS. I missed my cycle by 3 days, so I was concerned about that. I slept way too much. I cold sleep a whole day away. After my test came out positive I went to the doctor, and they said I was 6 weeks pregnant. I'm almost 20 weeks now. Symptoms are different for everyone though. So, it may vary for you.

  24. QUESTION:
    How can i get rid of this horrible heartburn?
    I have never had heartburn till i got pregnant. I know it is normal, but it keeps me up all night and its horrible, any quick cures besides anti-acid tablets or pills??

    • ANSWER:
      I had reflux throughout both my pregnancies. Unfortunately, there wasn't much back then.....about 7 years ago, that I was aware of besides antacids. Some of the things that I did were:
      1. not lay down flat
      2. stay away from acidic foods like tomatoes, etc.

      I would ask your doctor. Maybe there is a different medication that you can take. Good luck.

  25. QUESTION:
    What is the the most ridiculous old wives tale you have been told about pregnancy?
    My friend saw me eating oranges yesterday and told me it meant I would defo have a boy!! Also heartburn is caused by a baby with a lot of hair! I must admit they made me chuckle. have you got any good ones.

    • ANSWER:
      That a pregnancy is G*d's will!

      Hold a needle over your belly, which way it sways determines sex.
      Morning sickness early in the pregnancy determines sex.

  26. QUESTION:
    What do you find to be the most annoying during your pregnancy?
    I find that the excessive gas and heartburn is really starting to irritate me even more as it gets worse. Also, i can't go 2 hours straight of sleeping without having to rush to the bathroom before I pee all over myself, lol!

    • ANSWER:
      Congrats on your pregnancy!! I found the most annoying physical symptom to be the sickness...I stayed sick the entire pregnancy with both my kids...

      Other things I found annoying were strangers giving me medical and parenting advice, and touching my stomach...I hated people touching my stomach!!

  27. QUESTION:
    is it possible to have a low hard cervix when your 4 weeks pregnant?
    does the cervix get high and soft right away? when DOES it get soft and hard?

    my period is due in about three days and i have many signs of pregnancy such as..heartburn, nausea, headaches, a little bit of constipation, sore nipples and montgomery tubercles are more noticeable. could i still be pregnant if my cervix is low and hard?

    • ANSWER:
      It is true that, after conception, the cervix will rise a bit and become softer, but the timing of this happening will vary from woman to woman. For some, this will happen shortly before their period is due, but for others, this will not happen until quite a while after their pregnancy has been confirmed. Due to this variation between women, checking the position of your cervix to determine pregnancy is not a reliable indication of whether or not your are pregnant. Best to test around when your period would be due.

  28. QUESTION:
    Mums with a boy and a girl - what were your pregnancy symptoms like?
    I'm 12 weeks pregnant and already have a little boy who's 9 months. My pregnancy this time is much worse than the last one! - More sickness and indigestion already, feeling way more tired, etc, but no spots this time which is a bonus. What were your experiences of pregnancy with the different sexes?

    N.B. - I realise symptoms aren't a science to tell the gender, am just interested in other people's experiences.

    • ANSWER:
      With my little girl i felt great, slept all the time, no morning sickness, and barely any heartburn.

      With my little boy, Terrible Morning Sickness, Really bad heartburn, indigestion, felt absolutely tired, didn't want to do anything

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of heartburn during pregnancy?
    Hi there, I am 38 weeks and 3 days now, with my first.

    Every day i have get really bad heartburn. I was wondering what can i avoid and/or take to ease it.. I CANT TAKE IT NO MORE!

    (ps: ive been taking Rennie, and drinking flat lemonade, but its starting not to have effect anymore)

    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Congrats! I'm 38 weeks and 3 days too, and oh yes - the heartburn is awful! I recommend Tums - they're good for you and the baby (full of calcium) and help with the heartburn. Obviously, nothing works miracles, but it helps! Best wishes!

  32. 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! : )

  33. QUESTION:
    How can I make myself feel better through my early pregnancy?
    I am hungry all the time. When I get really hungry, I feel sick to my stomach, so I have to eat. My digestion seems to have slowed wayyy down though b/c right after eating I get heartburn, and then I feel bloated for hours. I'm also gaining weight (which I shouldn't be this early) b/c I'm hungry constantly and I'm sleeping way too much. I fall asleep constantly; I've even been dozing off at work lateley and I never do that! What can I do to give myself some energy to do more than just eat and sleep? I'm feeling so bad about myself b/c my housework and work is suffering.
    This is my fifth pregnancy, and my third child. So I can't rest when I want to! And I really have to find the energy to get out of bed and take care of my family!

    • ANSWER:
      Do what your body tells you, if you're tired have a nap, if you're hungry eat, don't fight it, go easy on yourself. Your body is going through huge changes and the surge in hormones are going to make you feel like this i'm afraid and you'll find you won't be able to do everything like you used to. You'll find that you'll feel a bit better once you enter your 4th month like I did.
      As for weight gain, my midwife told me that they do not judge your pregnancy on weight gain because weight gain does not necessarily mean its because of the baby. They'll start measuring your fundus to check for baby growth ( from the top pf your pubic bone to the top of your uterus) and will also check measurements of the baby at your dating scan (around 12 weeks)...unless of course you're having more than one baby!!
      Heartburn - I suffer from that all the time but I've got some chewable Gaviscon tablets that are ok for use during pregnancy (they are a life saver considering we can't take much in the way of medication during pregnancy).
      Ooh, and I recommed swimming, you feel fab and light in the water and it gives you a welcomed energy boost

      i hope you feel better soon chick :)

  34. QUESTION:
    What are common foods that cause indigestion in pregnancy?
    I know that different foods affect different people... but what are some foods that generally affect everyone?

    I've been getting a lot of indigestion since the beginning of pregnancy and I'm not good at figuring what's the culprit.

    Thanks for the help!

    • ANSWER:
      you want to avoid acidic foods and drinks, they all cause heartburn and indigestion
      anything that has tomato like pasta and pizza and salsa is very acidic, tomatoes are brutal
      anything spicey
      fried foods
      fatty foods

      you can have anything, just in moderation, dont stuff yourself and eat different things every day..also make sure youre getting enough calcium and fiber

  35. QUESTION:
    What works best to get rid of heartburn during pregnancy?
    I am nearly 14 weeks pregnant and have only started getting this, i haven't been sick throughout my pregnancy at all. But this is starting ti make me feel ill in the evenings.

    • ANSWER:
      i am in my third trimester and it is so annoying. try to see if you can use tums. I used zantac because my doctor said that it was okay and that helped a bit. don't overeat, don't lie down right after you eat.

  36. 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!

  37. QUESTION:
    Is it good to drink warm milk with butter in last month of pregnancy?
    What is the advantage of drinking warm milk with butter in last month of pregnancy? Anybody who knows about it plz share his or her views.. Its good for other ppl too as well :-)

    • ANSWER:
      It is better to avoid high levels of fat in pregnancy because of the risk of diabetes. Milk is good for calcium and also if the lady has heartburn but it is advised to eat no more than 200 calories extra in the last trimester. :) Good luck!

  38. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to get negative pregnancy test results and still be pregnant?
    I am late on my period by 5 days now. I have taken problably around 5 or 6 tests and all are negative. One did have a faint faint line almost a shade of a line no color, but after that , Negative. I have all the symptoms, I actually thought I had the flu but I am thinking differently now. I have been getting heartburn, throwing up , getting nautious, and just plain feeling pregnant. Any advice?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, you can have a false negative but not a false positive iyswim.

      I would try and wait a few more days and then take another test - I know waiting is easier said than done, but the HCg Levels, which are the hormone the test picks up, double every day in early pregnancy so a few more day should give you time for the levels to be high enough to detect.

      Every test will detect different amounts of HCg but most arent effective until a week or so after a missed period.

      Good luck!!!

  39. QUESTION:
    How soon did you start to feel pregnancy symptoms?
    What were they? How long after the symptoms did you actually confirm the pregnancy?

    • ANSWER:
      I had some major heartburn about a week after conception. I only get it when I am pregnant...and it was really horrible at night. I didn't confirm pregnancy until 5 days after missed period, which would be about 3 weeks after conception. Symptoms don't necessarily mean there is enough HCG in your body to test positive, cause the first test I took was negative. I kept telling the hubby I got pregnant, and he didn't believe me. LoL. Good Luck.

  40. QUESTION:
    How to stop acid reflux during pregnancy?
    I haven't experienced any heartburn but have horrible acid reflux! It burns so bad on the back of my throat. I've never had it before I was pregnant. Are there any ways to reduce the symptoms? I don't want to take medicine. Any help would be great! Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Tums are the best thing to take during pregnancy ,they are also perfectly safe to take! I ate them like candy when I was pregnant and doctors said it was fine. My baby is a happy healthy 4 month old now! Also try drinking lots of water and don't eat or drink anything too acidy. Also eat smaller meals throughout the day to prevent reflux coming up.

  41. 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

  42. QUESTION:
    What is the Best thing for bad heartburn during pregnancy?
    I am only 9 weeks pregnant but having horrible heartburn with anything and everything I eat and drink. This is starting toget very annoying and painful on top of the morning sickness. Please help me.

    • ANSWER:
      I find that certain fruits like cantaloupe especially & fruity tums would help the most with my heartburn. That's about all I've found that works though. My friend is 11 weeks pregnant and her doctor prescribed her some medicine that helps she says so maybe you could ask your doctor & see. I hope it gets better! I know how bad it sucks; I've had acid reflux for years even before pregnancy & it's definitely no fun at all.

  43. QUESTION:
    What stomach medicine is safe in pregnancy?
    I know there are some medicines to aid the stomach in nausea and such that are safe during pregnancy, but I dont know which ones. Can anyone help me with that?

    • ANSWER:
      well mylanta regular and maalox regular are good and safe during any stage in pregnancy and they can relieve nausea, bloating, indigestion/heartburn, gassiness etc. Also some natural remedies for morning sickness/nausea are ginger or ginger ale, crackers, and chamomile tea.

  44. 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.

  45. QUESTION:
    How often do you get heartburn?
    I am 12 weeks pregnant with twins and eating rather healthy but I get constant heartburn, even on an empty stomach or after a small meal! A glass of milk or a piece of fruit is enough to give me heartburn! I don't eat within 3 hours of going to bed and still I wake up several times during the night with heartburn.

    I am taking tums and only using one regular strength one at a time, but it is adding up to 10 a day and I am only just entering into the second trimester!

    • ANSWER:
      OH NO don't drink MILK...that gets me every time.

      Anything spicy would get me ...which is obvious...but anything fatty...like cheese or milk.

      I find that a Pepcid complete helped a hell of a lot better than the tums ever did because it has an acid reducer too and my doctor OK'd it for use during pregnancy.

      Not eating will kill me too...always make sure you have crackers or something handy to ward if off.

      Spicy, hungry, fatty - avoid these at all costs.

  46. 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)

  47. QUESTION:
    what is the old wives tale associated with pregnancy and the baby inside the belly having hiccups?
    I know the one that associates heartburn with a lot of hair - is there one for hiccups or am I just imagining something?

    • ANSWER:
      that's an interesting one my baby has them 3-4 times a day everyday i think it is just cause by them practicing to swallow and get there suck reflex stronger.

      my other son had them all the time and all he did in my tummy was suck on his hands to the point that he was born with blisters on both hands it was so weird and they were full of water and right by his thumbs to his wrists.

      i will have to see what ppl have to say with this one

  48. QUESTION:
    Is it safe to drink a small amount of apple cider vinegar in water a day during pregnancy?
    i have heard that siping apple cider vinegar in this way cures IBS and heartburn. i'd like to try it, but don't want to risk hurting my unborn child.

    I am 8 weeks pregnant.

    • ANSWER:
      Try 3 tablespoons of lemon juice in a 16 ounce bottle of water daily. It completely cured my acid reflux.

      I have also used 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in water to work on fibromyalgia pain.

      These amounts certainly will not hurt your baby, actually maybe he or she will not have heart burn. They are just food products you could cook with.

      Congratulations and happy baby.

  49. 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.

  50. 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!


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