Frequently Asked Questions
Bad stomach pains and cramping with heartburn and gurgling noise during pregnancy?
I woke up last night to really bad stomach pains, but ignored it. This morning until now, I've had the same sharp pain and I have terrible heartburn and my stomach won't stop gurgling! I am 22 weeks pregnant and this is my second child, which I've never had any problems with my first child. I have no idea if this is just gas or a cause for concern? Please help with some advice on what to do because it's really uncomfortable and painful! Thanks in advance!
What medications are safe to take during pregnancy?
I am not sure what medications are safe to use during pregnancy.
Like advil, tylonol.. asprin... Im having some severe stomach pains, every 4 hours im starving i have to set an alarm so that i can get up and eat or i will be sick. But for after the morning sickness. what drugs or medications can i take that are safe to use during the first trimester.?
Here's the whole list of OTC meds my Dr. gave me when I found out I was pregnant of stuff that's ok to take while pregnant,if it's not ok in first trimester,there's a note next to it.
Tylenol Cold (any type of tylenol cold)
House brand expectorant (any store brand)
Pain or Fever:
Tylenol (Regular or extra strength)
Heartburn or Sour Stomach:
Imodium AD (don't take before 15 weeks)
Phenergan tablets or capsules
what is usually the first thing you feel when you get pregnant?
Hello. I'm 16 and had protected sex with my boyfriend. The condom broke and I've been feeling horrible. Upset stomach, lower back pain, heartburn. I've also been having an increased amount of discharge. It's creamy and has no scent at all. I have been having cramps but they aren't like normal period cramps. They are few and far between and are very mild. I would like to know what is usually the very first sign of pregnancy. Someone help me please=]
Sore boobs was my first sign and it sucked. Take a test i have no other advice to give you other than that.
Is it possible to get addicted to pain killers such as Aleve or Motrin?
I am a gymnast, so I have a lot of pains. I take 1 aleve or motrin a day. It seems that if after maybe 2-3 weeks of taking one of these pain killers a day, if i forget to take it, or don't take it, i get sick. Sick as in high fever and vomiting. Do you think this is just a coincidence or do i get addicted to the medicine and have withdrawals?
Below I have given side effects for both drugs. Actually yes, you can get addicted to any drug....a drug is essentially a poison. Taken in small amounts a drug can have a temporary beneficial effect, however taken in larger doses can be harmful and even fatal (cause death).
Drugs dull down the perceptions so one does not FEEL the aches and pains, however the aches and pains are STILL PRESENT...just you are not able to perceive them anymore. The body becomes accustomed to most drugs so that gradually the amount of drug you "need" to get the same effect is MORE, and THAT is the addictive aspect to any drug. To understand more about how drugs do this read:
I suggest you shift to relieving your aches and pains by taking calcium and magnesium which are both minerals and not drugs, and they both are important in the body nervous system and in healing. There is a drink you can make that is a very effective way of having these minerals.
You can often get the drink as a powder at health food shops. It works REALLY well to deal with aches and pains and would be perfect for your needs as a gymnast. Hope this helps! (Side effects of Aleve and Motrin below)
Aleve (Naproxen) side effects:
Naproxen can cause stomach ulcers that bleed. The chance of
this serious problem increases the longer you take naproxen and
with higher doses of naproxen. Stomach bleeding can also
happen suddenly while you take naproxen. Stop taking naproxen
and call your healthcare provider right away if you get:
A burning stomach pain
Black bowel movements that look like tar
Vomit that looks like blood or coffee grounds
Allergic reactions: Naproxen can cause serious allergic
reactions, including asthma-like symptoms (problems breathing,
swallowing, and wheezing) and rash.
Liver damage: Stop taking naproxen and tell your doctor right
away if you have nausea, vomiting, tiredness, loss of appetite,
itching, yellow coloring of skin or eyes, flu-like symptoms, and
Kidney problems: Naproxen can cause serious kidney problems,
including sudden kidney failure or worsening of kidney problems
that you already have.
Fluid retention: Naproxen can cause fluid retention (holding of
water in your body) and swelling. Fluid retention can be a serious
problem if you have high blood pressure or heart failure.
Pregnancy: Do not take naproxen during your last 3 months of
pregnancy because it may cause problems in the unborn child or
complications during delivery. Tell your doctor if you are
pregnant or planning to become pregnant
Motrin Sire Effects
More common motrin side effects may include:
Abdominal cramps or pain, abdominal discomfort, bloating and gas, constipation, diarrhea, dizziness, fluid retention and swelling, headache, heartburn, indigestion, itching, loss of appetite, nausea, nervousness, rash, ringing in ears, stomach pain, vomiting
Less common or rare motrin side effects may include:
Abdominal bleeding, anemia, black stool, blood in urine, blurred vision, changes in heatbeat, chills, confusion, congestive heart failure, eepression, dry eyes and mouth, emotional volatitity, fever, hair loss, hearing loss, hepatitis, high or low blood pressure, hives, inability to sleep, inflammation of nose, inflammation of the pancreas or stomach, kidney or liver failure, servere allergic reactions, shortness of breath, skin eruptions or peeling, sleepiness, stomach or upper intestinal ulcer, ulcer of gums, vision loss, vomiting blood, wheezing, yellow eyes and skin.
Special warnings about motrin:
Peptic ulcers and bleeding can occur without warning. Tell your doctor if you have bleeding or any other problems.
This drug should be used with caution if you have kidney or liver disease, or are severely dehydrated; it can cause liver or kidney inflammation or other problems in some people.
Do not take aspirin or any other anti-inflammatory medications while taking Motrin unless your doctor tells you to do so.
If you have a severe allergic reaction, seek medical help immediately.
Motrin may cause vision problems. If you experience any changes in your vision, inform your doctor.
Mortin may prolong bleeding time. If you are taking blood-thinning medication, this drug should be taken with caution.
This drug can cause water retention. It should be used with caution if you have high blood pressure or poor heart function.
Avoid the use of alcohol while taking this medication.
Motrin may mask the usual signs of infection or other diseases. Use with care in the presence of an existing infection.
If you have diabetes, remember that the suspension contains 1.5 grams of sucrose and 8 calories per teaspoonful.
Motrin chewable tablets contain phenylalanine. If you have a hereditary disease called phenylketonuria, you should be aware of this.
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!
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).
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.)