Third Trimester Pregnancy Heartburn

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Does heartburn get worse in the third trimester?
    I've had heartburn my entire pregnancy. I am almost into my third trimester and it has become almost unbearable. So I wanna know, is it going to get worse?!
    Tums aren't doing anything. Neither is milk or any other liquid.
    THIS SUCKS!

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, and maybe no. Yes...as the baby gets bigger it grows and pushes more on your stomache causeing heartburn. But...when the baby drops into your pelvis then you will get some relief! My first two pregnancies I think I ate three giant bottles of tums in the last four months! Luckily...not a problem this time...due in two weeks. (and heartburn isn't caused by a hormone...both my kids had zero hair when born)

  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:
    Did your heartburn go away after the birth of your baby?
    I am 37 weeks pregnant. Ever since I hit the third trimester I have had horrible heartburn and indigestion.So bad sometimes I will puke.

    Pre pregnancy,I had never had heartburn in my life. Now that I'm pregnant,I go through a bottle of Tums a week!

    Will this go away after I have the baby? Did it for you?

    • ANSWER:
      I had horrendous heartburn all the way through my last pregnancy and yes it went away, literally right away. I haven't suffered heartburn in 6 months.

  4. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for your body to go back to normal after giving birth?
    I just had my baby about 6 weeks ago, and I started having really severe heartburn in my third trimester that still hasn't gone away. I was wondering if anyone knew how long it took to stop or if breastfeeding was causing it, because there's still pressure from the extra weight on my chest. Its extremely painful to where I can't move when it comes on so do I still need more time to recover from the pregnancy or will it go after pregnancy? Any insight would be great.

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  5. QUESTION:
    My wife is getting heartburn during her 8th month of pregnancy. What does this mean?
    The old wives tale is that the baby is growing hair, is that true? What significance is there to heartburn during the third trimester?

    • ANSWER:
      In the 3rd trimester it means the baby is big and is taking space from her stomach. But there is some truth to the wives tale. According to Pregnancy magazine, a recent research study confirmed that women who experience moderate to severe heartburn are 80% more likely to have a hairy baby. It was certainly true for me, but my heart burn began in week 14.

  6. QUESTION:
    When do you start getting really uncomfortable in pregnancy?
    I'm 31 weeks now and I'm doing good..the occasional stretching pains, bachaches, bad heartburn, and I'm tired all the time..but nothing I can't handle. EVERYONE tells me in the third trimester you just want it to end..so when should I expect to start feeling extremely crappy???

    • ANSWER:
      when the pregnancy is almost over

  7. QUESTION:
    What was your worst trimester during pregnancy?
    I am currently 8 weeks with my first and soon as I hit 8 weeks I got slammed with fatigue, nausea, acne, and crying over everything! It's awful! I feel lonely all the time even though I have no reason to feel that way. Will all these things go away? Is everything worse in the first trimester? Looking for some mommy-to-be advice. Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Its hard for me. My first trimester sucked! Nausea, heartburn, acne, fatigue, constipation, sore boobs. Everything that could happen, happened. Now that Im in my third trimester, Im just super uncomfortable. Personally, I would much rather be in my third, and knowing Im almost done and getting to meet my little man soon, then go back and deal with all of that. It does get better. The second trimester was my favorite. I didnt have all those nasty symptoms, I was just starting to get a belly. So I looked really cute, but didnt feel like I was pregnant. It will all be worth it in the end. (: Good luck, and congrats on your pregnancy! (:

  8. 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! =)

  9. 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.

  10. QUESTION:
    How does the body change during pregnancy?
    What changes occur in the appearance of the woman? And where does the weight normally go to? Do some women only gain in their belly area? I would think that a woman who is in good shape and continues to eat right during pregnancy would only get a belly, and not much more fat. Is this correct? I'm worrying about the shape of my body being different after baby because somebody told me, you can lose the weight but never get your shape back because it's different after the baby. Is this always true?

    • ANSWER:
      Pregnancy is a natural state and one that is different for every woman every time. I have had three pregnancies and deliveries and they were all different. You never know exactly what you¡¦re going to get, but it does help to be prepared by knowing what changes your body will likely go through. Follow the changes your body goes through trimester by trimester. You can expect to feel all or some of them.

      The first trimester (Week 1 - Week 12)

      „h Cessation of menstrual period

      „h Morning sickness that occurs at any time, day or night, or all day and night. This includes nausea and/or vomiting

      „h Excessive saliva

      „h Swollen and tender breasts

      „h Darkening of the areola

      „h Frequent urination

      „h Fatigue

      „h Constipation

      „h Heartburn

      „h Mood swings -- feel angry, sad, or happy for no reason

      „h Stuffy nose and allergies¡Xeven if you have never suffered from them before

      „h Food cravings

      The second trimester (Week 13 - Week 26)

      „h Weight gain and thickening of the waist

      „h Fetal movement

      „h Dry skin on stomach where the skin is stretching

      „h Breasts increase in size¡Xtime for new bras

      „h Hemorrhoids

      „h Heartburn

      „h Indigestion

      „h Constipation

      „h Nosebleeds

      „h Slight swelling of the feet, hands, ankles and face

      „h Development of a dark line on the skin between your navel and your pubic area.

      „h Development of a "mask" or darker area on your face

      „h Backaches that can remain throughout pregnancy

      „h Nipple secretions

      „h Muscle cramps, particularly in the legs and at night

      „h Gas pains

      „h Changes in your hair: it can become less oily

      „h Skin problems

      The third trimester (Week 27 - 40)

      „h Increased fetal movement

      „h Protrusion of navel

      „h Increased backaches

      „h Shortness of breath

      „h Braxton Hicks contractions AKA false labor

      „h Groin pains

      „h Stretch marks

      „h Difficulty sleeping

      „h Varicose veins

      Your entire system is readjusted when you¡¦re pregnant. The heart pumps more blood and the lungs work more efficiently, as does the digestive system. With these and more changes occurring, it is no wonder that pregnancy can be uncomfortable. Minor aches and pains can be dealt with; however, you should never ignore pain or extreme fatigue, which can be warning signs of trouble. Always consult your health care provider if you experience any of these changes:

      „h pain or burning during urination

      „h vaginal spotting or bleeding

      „h leaking or gushing from vagina

      „h blister or sore in vaginal area

      „h uterine contractions

      „h severe nausea or vomiting

      „h severe abdominal pain

      „h chills and fever over 100 degrees

      „h dizziness or lightheadedness

      „h severe headache

      „h swelling of the face, eyes, fingers or toes

      „h sudden weight gain

      „h visual problems

      „h noticeably reduced fetal movement

      „h absence of fetal movement for 24 hours

      „h a hot, reddened painful area behind your knee or calf

      And just when you think you can¡¦t take it another day¡Xta da! ¡Xthe biggest changes of all: labor and delivery!

  11. QUESTION:
    How to start exercising during pregnancy?
    I am 21 weeks pregnancy today! I felt really bad the first part of my pregnancy (as do a lot of women) and have not been exercising. Before I was pregnancy I worked out at least 4 or 5 days a week. If someone will share with me how to gently get started exercising and not put too much strain on my body. Also is there a certain time of day that is better to exercise during pregnancy? Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      Hunnie, go to www.ivillage.com they have a lot of tips and advice on how to carry a healthy pregnancy and still be fit.

      Here's what they say:

      Exercise in pregnancy has been both under-studied and discussed by many so-called "experts" who know little of which they speak. It is so easy for a clinician to say, "No, don't do that".

      Exercise may reduce the rate of weight and fat gain during pregnancy, especially during the third trimester. According to a recent study, common discomforts such as nausea, heartburn, leg cramps, insomnia, edema, hemorrhoids and round ligament pain (side aches) can be reduced by maternal exercise. And women who began an exercise program during pregnancy, felt better in successive trimesters. In addition, women get a "psychological lift."

      From the fetal perspective, there are risks if maternal temperature becomes too high or if the mother is expending so much energy that the baby does not get essential blood flow. Studies have shown, however, that birth weight, preterm delivery, incidence of cesarean births, complications of labor and delivery and fetal problems at the time of birth are unrelated to maternal exercise during pregnancy.

      Guidelines published by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists include:

      Regular, mild to moderate exercise, three times per week is preferable to an irregular schedule.
      After the first trimester, avoid exercise in which the mother is lying on her back.
      Exercise capabilities decline in pregnancy, so it is important to listen to your body.
      Choose exercises which do not require great balance because coordination and center of gravity are changed.
      Avoid exercise with risk of even mild abdominal trauma (pole vaulting is out).
      Maintain adequate diet. Pregnancy requires an additional 300 calories per day.
      Dress appropriately and drink lots of water; do not exercise in the heat of the day or night or if it is very humid.
      Return to pre-pregnancy routines gradually. It takes four to six weeks to recover and up to 10 to 12 weeks after a cesarean.
      If weight gain is not sufficient, it is a good idea to reduce the time or strenuousness of the regimen.

      Avoid exercises where falling is likely (horseback riding, skiing, sky diving...).

      Stop exercise if any of the following are noted: bleeding, vaginal water loss, redness in calf, heart palpitations, rise in blood pressure, abdominal pain, persistent contractions or sudden swelling in ankles, hands or face.

      A great way for expectant mothers to begin exercise is to attend a pregnancy-fitness class at a local health club or YMCA.

  12. QUESTION:
    Pregnancy is a long journey.Did you have any major stress during the 9 months and still all was well?
    I am 17 weeks now. I tried my best to stay calm and happy and stress free uptil now.But 9 months is a long time and things happen.I also suffer from OCD which makes me think a lot about certain things.Also General Anxiety.I am glad my first trimester is gone and I stayed happy throughout.
    Anyone went through anxiety,extreme emotions, sleeplessness etc while pregnant.Not all 9 months but off and on?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes! I fell pregnant with twins. One grew at the "normal" rate, the other did not. At 18 weeks I was advised to have a cord cauterization of the smaller twin (which would kill him) as there was "something wrong" so that the other twin could develop normally. I refused.

      We were monitored throughout the pregnancy - a scan every fortnight and checkups weekly - from18 weeks until 37 weeks when they were both born by C-section. Both were normal and healthy but as fraternal twins, different weights and sizes.

      I suffered tremendous stress throughout the whole second and third trimesters, worry and check-ups. I also had morning sickness throughout all three trimesters and extremely bad heartburn during the second and third (very common with twins)! This made sleeping at night very difficult. My stress balls really helped though (put the squashy ones under your back and roll on them esp good!)

      Good luck with your pregnancy! Believe it will be fine - and I am sure it will help. I am certain that is what kept my little one growing.

  13. QUESTION:
    Everything to know about pregnancy and giving birth?
    Tell me EVERYTHING there is to know about pregnancy and giving birth. I want all the details so i know what to be ready for.

    • ANSWER:
      Pregnancy:

      1) Nausea/sickness- it's real, it can hit you hard, and it's important to always remember to put a snack in your purse like crackers. However, not every woman gets it, hopefully you'll be one of the lucky ones.
      2) Heartburn like you've never experienced. Just pay attention to what triggers it and avoid those foods/liquids. For example: BBQ sauce and caffeine got me BAD.
      3) You CAN have a caffeine, but only 2-3 small cups a day.
      4) Your second trimester is when you tend to feel the best- no fatigue, less urinating, starting to feel the baby move, and more energy overall. If you had morning sickness, it tends to stop in this trimester (but it didn't for me).
      5) The first baby movements have been described as "butterfly wings" or "flutters", at first you may have to sit in a dark, quiet room and concentrate to feel them but at about 19-20 weeks you my start to feel bigger movement. And let me tell you- there's nothing like it.
      6) Drink water, and lots of it.
      7) The third trimester went the slowest for me because I was "almost" there but still had a ways to go. I drove myself crazy with cleaning and scrapbooking because I was so restless (the fatigue had also returned, however).
      8) Near the end, you may start to feel "false labor pains" or braxton-hicks. These are practice contractions and if you're a first time mother, you'll probably say, "but how do you know the difference?" I think we all did. And the response you'll ALWAYS get is, "trust me, you'll know when it's time" and they're right, you will. BH can be painful but with contractions I could literally feel myself dialating.
      9) Don't be afraid to get the epidural or some form of pain killer, no one will think anything negative if you do. You don't have to be a hero =)

      Labor
      1) It can be long, messy, and populated. haha. People will ask to come in to watch (medical professional students) and you don't have to say yes.
      2) It can be very slow going but try to hang in there, bring a game or something to do. Get as mch sleep as you can before the baby comes.
      3) Pushing can hurt, but it's also a big relief. This feeling comes over you and you HAVE to push. When you do, put all your effort into it (after some practice pushes). My son didn't make an appearance until I realllyyyy pushed.
      4)No, you can not feel the stitches (if you get them)
      5) Afterwards, you bleed. A lot. My nurses had me wear diapers packed with ice and I swear, it was the best thing ever. It really helps. And don't be afraid to ask your nurse for anything, that's what they are there for- to answer questions, get you a drink, and to keep you comfortable.

      I hope this helps a litte bit, i'm sure there's a lot I didn't say but it's such a long, detailed, beautiful experience it could take me days to cover it all! =) Good luck.

  14. QUESTION:
    wife has heartburn and she is pregnant what can she do to get rid of the heartburn?
    wife has heartburn and she is pregnant how can or what can she get rid of the heartburn?

    • ANSWER:
      Heartburn in pregnancy is actually quite common. Follow these simple tips to help alleviate your symptoms...
      During pregnancy, common everyday ailments tend to feel worse, especially during the first and third trimesters. Heartburn is no different. Heartburn is a common ailment, and during pregnancy it tends to surface even more. Most women experience heartburn in pregnancy at some point during their nine-month journey. However, some can be affected worse than others. Fret not -- there are things you can do to limit the severity of heartburn during your pregnancy.

      During the third trimester the baby grows big enough to put pressure on your stomach. This causes the acid in the stomach to reflux. This can be easily avoided, however by avoiding binging and by eating small meals. This will keep acid reflux at bay. Instead of eating three large meals, try to eat five to six smaller meals spread throughout the day.

      Your sleeping position can also cause acid to reflux. Sleep with your head and torso elevated to keep the food down in your stomach. Keep yourself comfortable by putting a pillow under your head and your back. Also, try to avoid going to bed within two hours of eating. Wait at least two hours before lying down to give your body some time to digest the food. As a general rule, go to bed two to three hours after you eat to mitigate heartburn in pregnancy.

      Watching your posture can help prevent heartburn from occurring. Putting pressure on your stomach can cause heartburn in pregnancy. When you sit, do so in an upright position to keep the pressure off your stomach. When you stand or walk, keep your posture erect for the same reason.

      A less common way to alleviate heartburn is to wear loose clothing. (Though you probably do this already.) This will also ease the pressure in your stomach. Wearing tight clothing puts unnecessary strain on your stomach and can encourage acid to come up into your espohagus, causing heartburn in pregnancy.

      Perhaps the best way to avoid heartburn all together is to stay away from foods that are known to cause heartburn. For obvious reasons, alcohol should be avoided at all costs during pregnancy. Also on the restricted list are chocolate, citrus fruits, tomato-based foods, soft drinks, coffee and acidic juices.

      Sipping water throughout your daily activities as opposed to chugging it occasionally can also help. Avoid fried food, food rich in fat and vinegar as well. Large quantities of water can actually increase heartburn in pregnancy. By eliminating these foods from your daily diet, you can alleviate the symptoms of heartburn in pregnancy.

      For other tips on how to get rid of heartburn visit http://www.stopheartburntoday.com We'll help you find relief from your heartburn symptoms through medications for acid reflux and natural remedies as well.

  15. QUESTION:
    Did your nausea come back in the third trimester?
    What to Expect When Your Expecting says that nausea may return during the thrird trimester. I was moderately sick during the first trimester, but for the most part have felt fine and haven't had any nausea for the second trimester. Did your nausea come back towards the end or is this just one of those things that CAN happen, but generally doesn't? 28 weeks pregnant with #1.

    • ANSWER:
      with my first child i had sickness 24/7 the entire pregnancy. with our second i had it in the begining but it went away and stayed away. with our 3rd it went away then come back in the 3rd trimester. alot of it was i had more heartburn, baby was so active, my stomach was so small. i would take 3 bites and be stuffed. so all that together i was mildly sick. good luck and have a happy healthy pregnancy.

  16. QUESTION:
    Is it normal to feel like crap in the third trimester of pregnancy.?
    hello all im now 30 weeks and 4 days pregnant and have been feeling really tired lately and restless at night also ive been getting head aches and feeling really hot. And from yesterday i have been feeling sick i was eating popcorn chicken and i only ate like 2 of them and couldn't eat anymore because they were really making me feel sick is it normal to feel like crap in the third trimester of pregnancy?

    • ANSWER:
      awwwwwwwwwwww !!

      yup very normal hun! first trimester and third are the same.. you are tired... nausea kicks in at times.. you lose your appetetite and have pee every two seconds! you are dizzy and heartburn is driving you nuts... sounds femiliar?? yup all happened to you already in first trimester :)

      dont worry you are close to the finish line now :) just rest a lot and eat in small portions!!

      good luck*

  17. QUESTION:
    What are my chances of healthy pregnancy?
    I am 5 weeks 2 days pregnant and have a mild form of pcos. I got pregnant without any help but now im petrified of miscarriage. Its that bad I have to take a test everyday for reassurance.

    • ANSWER:
      Hiya try not to worry i know its easier said than done as i was a nervous wreck throughout the first trimester. I also have PCOS but only cysts on the ovaries im not over weight with excess hair and stuff so mine is quite mild too. Im in my third trimester now and so far things are ok im just suffering with the horrible symptoms of pregnancy like heartburn etc. Lots of women have problem free pregnancies with PCOS ive got a couple friends with the same condition and they have both had beautiful babies with no hassles.

  18. QUESTION:
    How did you feel before you went into labor?
    I am 38 weeks and for the past couple of days I have just felt miserable. It feels much different than the normal 3rd tri discomfort. I feel achy and am having headaches as well. I feel sort of nauseous and like I could literally sleep all day. And I have been having braxton hicks contractions for the first time in my whole pregnancy, they feel like dull menstrual cramps.

    I am wondering if these can be pre-labor symptoms and if my body is maybe getting ready to go into labor in the near future? Did anyone feel this way in the days leading up to labor? Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      i dont know about the headaches, but i have heard that they can be from the baby laying on a nerve or vein in a certain way causing that, so its not uncommon, i just didnt get them. nausea could be from just having less room in your stomach because the baby is literally pushing your stomach into your throat, which is also a major cause of third trimester heartburn and indigestion. braxton hicks are very common at this point as well. im 35 weeks and had braxton hicks last night to go along with heartburn and throwing up all night because of it (sorry if tmi).
      except for the headaches, i have felt that way with my first baby, and pretty much now woth my second. this all sounds very normal my dear. they are both pre-labor symptoms and youre body getting ready, ya know? see how right on most womens intuitions are! good luck to you dear!

  19. QUESTION:
    Is it common for morning sickness to come back in the 3rd trimester?
    I'm scared because before I got deathly ill in the beginning of my pregnancy I started losing my appetite...it's happening again and I'm afraid I'll start puking 30 times a day again :( any experiences?

    • ANSWER:
      i would say yes it is. im 35 weeks along and mostly my problem arises from sever heartburn, which makes me feel nausea and reflux and just plain uncomfortable. i have thrown up from it, but not 30 times a day, im so sorry you had to go through that. try to stay away from anything acidic or spicy, especially tomato products. ask your doctor if theres anything you can take. im on RX pepcid, and it helps as long as i dont eat before i go to bed, and dont eat tomato stuff. in the third trimester, especially the further along you get, the more room the baby takes up, and the less room your stomach has to keep food in it, so much of this is completely normal, im afraid. dont lay down soon after eating either. make sure you can sit up for an hour after meals. i wish you the best of luck my dear!

  20. QUESTION:
    I think I might be pregnant, when does morning sickness start?
    I think I might be pregnant but I am not sure, I tried searching up all the symptoms but they aren't very accurate, when does morning sickness begin during pregnancy?

    • ANSWER:
      mine started a week before my period was due and last (thankfully its was mild) up until the second trimester where it got much worse before it went away (lost over 15lbs in during those weeks). I also started getting tired around week 6, enough for people to notice (especially my boss at the time).
      Then it came back again in the third trimester for 2-3 weeks, but I think that was mostly due to heartburn.
      Sour candies and ginger helps. If you have any other questions, especially if you are pregnant and don't want to ask something that may be private to you on here you are more then welcomed to email me any time! Karma5000@yahoo.com , I check it religiously lol. I've kept myself more then informed during my pregnancy and have had my share of bumps along the way (even my doctor says he has to watch what he says to me because hes afraid I'll be correcting him!)

  21. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of pregnancy?
    What are the symptoms of pregnancy in the first week of being pregnant or even the first 2 weeks?

    • ANSWER:
      The first trimester
      ------------------------
      *Vaginal secretions
      *self-concern&sleepiness
      *enlargement of breasts and darkening areola
      *light-hadedness
      *shortness of breath
      *'mask of pregnancy'

      second trimester
      -----------------------
      *nausea
      *bladder pressure
      *fatigue
      *secrection of colostrum
      *quickening (movement)
      *Low back pain
      *appearance of varicose veins
      *constipation
      *mild swelling of ankles,feet,hands+face

      third trimester
      --------------------
      *upper back pain
      *stretch marks
      *fatigue
      *braxton hicks contractions
      *muscle cramps in legs
      *awkwardness+some depression
      *heartburn
      *hemorrhoids
      *shortness of breath
      *difficulty sleeping
      *frequently urinating
      *lightening

  22. QUESTION:
    does the heartburn go away after the baby is born?
    I am 29 weeks and have had heartburn since like 8 weeks and it's gotten progressively worse. It sucks so bad! lol Its like acid reflux and NOTHING helps.

    Does it go away after the baby is born?

    • ANSWER:
      Heartburn is generally harmless and tends to come and go throughout pregnancy, often intensifying in the third trimester. However, most heartburn disappears as soon as the baby is born when your hormone levels and the shape and size of your uterus all return to normal.

      Here are some ways to avoid, and find relief from, heartburn during pregnancy (and after):

      Eat small meals frequently, instead of three larger ones.

      Take small mouthfuls and chew your food well.

      Help gravity move food through your system; avoid lying down right after eating.

      When you do lie down, lie on your right side. This position allows gravity to empty the stomach. You may also get relief by assuming a hands and knees position (on all fours), which allows gravity to pull your uterus away from the stomach. This allows the stomach contents to move more easily into the intestines rather than refluxing back into the esophagus.

      Pay attention to which foods aggravate your heartburn and avoid them. Rich or spicy dishes, chocolate, citrus and coffee are common culprits.

      Avoid fatty foods, which can take longer to digest.

      Avoid drinking large amounts of fluids with your meals. It's important to drink 8 to 10 glasses of water daily during pregnancy, but try to drink in between meals, not with meals.

      When sleeping, avoid lying flat on your back or side. Use a foam wedge or several pillows to prop yourself up or elevate the head of your bed if possible.

      Over-the-counter antacids may ease your discomfort. Some are high in sodium, so check with your doctor or midwife before taking one.

      Wear clothing that is loose around your abdomen and waist.

  23. QUESTION:
    What happens if a person eats spicy/hot things during pregnancy?
    I been eating some spicy things . whats gonna happen?

    • ANSWER:
      I have LOVED spicy foods my whole life, and when I got pregnant I started craving -you guessed it- spicy foods!

      I have never been sick from eating spicy foods while pregnant, but it may be because my body got so use to spicy foods even before I was preg.

      I'm in my third trimester and I've only gotten heartburn twice, but both times were after eating pizza. They were pretty bad, I felt like I was going to start breathing fire like a dragon or something. But spicy has never done anything to me.

      But that's me. Everyone is different. You may get heartburn.

  24. QUESTION:
    Is it normal for morning sickness to come back?
    I am 25 weeks pregnant, and in my first trimester I had horrible morning sickness and at about 18 weeks it went away. But now this last week it has come back. It seems just as bad as it did when I was first pregnant. Its more of an all day sickness... Has anyone else gone through this? And does it last very long? I had to be put on zofran at the beginning of my pregnancy, but i want to try to avoid that if i can.

    • ANSWER:
      with this third pregnancy my sickness goes away for a week or two then it finds me lol :( . i always get really bad nausea if i am very tired. heartburn is another one that i can't get rid off and i don't eat any spicy or greasy food.
      i am 25.5 weeks did not have that problem with my other two.

  25. QUESTION:
    40 weeks pregnant and I have horrible heartburn all the time. ?
    Are there any foods at all that won't give me this horrible indigestion that I have been having? Also, are there any quick remedies or meds that I can take to releive constipation? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Greasy Foods
      Heartburn and indigestion most often occur during the second and third trimesters, according to the March of Dimes. Heartburn occurs when food containing stomach acid is pushed up into the esophagus, leading to burning and nausea. Greasy and fatty foods can increase heartburn in pregnant women. These foods include many fast-food items, fried chicken, french fries, fried potatoes, fried fish, egg rolls, pizza, doughnuts, mozzarella sticks, bacon, sausage and fried eggs.

      Greasy foods are also low in fiber and may increase constipation in pregnant women, according to American Pregnancy. Pregnant women need 25 to 30 g of fiber a day to help prevent constipation. Constipation during pregnancy is caused by the hormones relaxing the intestinal muscles and the pressure of the expanding uterus into the intestines.

      Pregnant women should avoid foods high in caffeine to prevent heartburn, according to the March of Dimes. Foods high in caffeine include coffee, tea, chocolate, cola and energy drinks.

      Lack of Fluids
      Constipation effects half of all women during pregnancy, according to American Pregnancy. Symptoms of constipation include abdominal pain, infrequent bowel movements and hard stools. Women who do not drink enough fluids during pregnancy may experience constipation more often. Pregnant women need 10 to 12 cups of fluid a day, says the American Pregnancy website. Women need additional fluids during hotter months and after they exercise. Water and milk are the best choices for meeting fluid needs during pregnancy.

      Onions and Garlic
      Onions and garlic increase heartburn in pregnant women, according to the March of Dimes. Women should avoid foods containing these ingredients, and when eating out they should request the items not be added to their food.

      Spicy Foods
      Spicy foods also increase heartburn during pregnancy. Pregnant women should avoid spicy Mexican, Thai and Chinese food to limit symptoms of heartburn. Tabasco sauce, salsa and barbecue sauce may also lead to heartburn.

  26. QUESTION:
    Sleeping/laying on right side or back is it bad during pregnancy?
    I'm 26 weeks pregnant and i've heard that laying flat on your back during pregnancy cuts off oxygen to the baby. is it true? because sometimes that is the only way i'm comfortable but i don't want to hurt my daughter.
    Also i heard you should only lay on your right side if your short of breathe otherwise it could be bad for the baby, is it true?
    And why is laying on your left side while pregnant so recommended? i really don't understand. this is my first pregnancy.

    • ANSWER:
      During pregnancy you may find yourself wrestling in bed trying to get comfortable before falling asleep. Unfortunately, your regular sleep positions may no longer work for you during pregnancy. There are a number of reasons that cause this new discomfort, but there are some positions that you can try that may help you get your much needed rest.

      Why am I so uncomfortable in my normal positions?
      When you are pregnant your body goes through a variety of changes. These changes tend to disrupt your usual peaceful slumber. Reasons may include:

      Increased size of abdomen
      Back pain
      Heartburn
      Shortness of breath
      Insomnia
      What are the best sleep positions?
      The best sleep position during pregnancy is "SOS" (sleep on side). Even better is to sleep on your left side. Sleeping on your left side will increase the amount of blood and nutrients that reach the placenta and your baby. Keep your legs and knees bent and a pillow between your legs.

      If you find that you are having problems with back pain, use the "SOS" position and try placing a pillow under your abdomen as well.
      If you are experiencing heartburn during the night, you may want to try propping your upper body with pillows.
      In late pregnancy you may experience shortness of breath; try lying on your side or propped up with pillows.
      These suggestions may not sound completely comfortable, especially if you are used to sleeping on your back or stomach, but try them out and you may find that they work. Keep in mind that you may not stay in one position all night and rotating positions is fine.

      What positions should I avoid?
      Sleeping on your back: This can cause problems with backaches, breathing, digestive system, hemorrhoids, low blood pressure and decrease in circulation to your heart and your baby. This is a result of your abdomen resting on your intestines and major blood vessels (the aorta and vena cava).

      Sleeping on your stomach: When you are farther along in your pregnancy, your abdomen undergoes physical changes and makes it more difficult for you to lay on your stomach.

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      The answer to this question lies in the anatomy of the abdomen, which has to harbor the ever-increasing uterus as the baby grows. The Vena Cava is the main vein that drains the entire lower half of the body. Anatomically, it lies just to the right of the midline--just on the right side of your spine. As the baby gets bigger, certainly the heavier uterus, lying flat on the Vena Cava will (like stepping on a garden hose) obstruct flow up towards the heart. The drainage of the lower half of the body becomes sluggish, which not only increases the swelling of your ankles, feet, and legs, but will also impact on hemorrhoids as well. And decreased return of blood flow to the heart will cause hypotension (lowered blood pressure) down the line and resulting diminished arterial blood flow to the uterus, placenta, and baby.

      Sometimes this hypotension is evident when a woman has an ultrasound, during which she lies flat. One of the symptoms of hypotension is nausea that will accompany the light-headedness. In answer to your question, lying on the back is the worst ossible position in the third trimester. Lying on the right side is better than lying on your back, but lying on your left side is the best of all, because this is the position which will have the least amount of weight upon the Vena Cava.

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      Many expectant parents know how hard it might be to get a good night's sleep in the months that follow the birth of their child, but who would have guessed that catching some ZZZs during pregnancy would prove to be so difficult?

      Actually, you may sleep more than usual during the first trimester of your pregnancy. It's normal to feel tired as your body works to protect and nurture the developing baby. The placenta (the organ that nourishes the fetus until birth) is just forming, your body is making more blood, and your heart is pumping faster.

      It's usually later in pregnancy, though, that most women have trouble getting enough deep, uninterrupted sleep.

      Why Can Sleeping Be Difficult During Pregnancy?
      The first and most pressing reason behind sleep problems during pregnancy is the increasing size of the fetus, which can make it hard to find a comfortable sleeping position. If you've always been a back or stomach sleeper, you might have trouble getting used to sleeping on your side (as doctors recommend). Also, shifting around in bed becomes more difficult as the pregnancy progresses and your size increases.

      Other common physical symptoms may interfere with sleep as well:

      the frequent urge to urinate: Your kidneys are working harder to filter the increased volume of blood (30% to 50% more than you had before pregnancy) moving through your body, and this filtering process results in more urine. Also, as your baby grows and the uterus gets bigger, the pressure on your

  27. QUESTION:
    What are the phases that a pregnant woman undergoes during pregnancy?

    • ANSWER:
      The first trimester she will probably feel premenstrual, as her body is flushed with hormones. Cranky, emotional, and the like. She may have morning sickness. Many women also feel fatigued. There may be bloating and constipation as the hormones cause the intestines to move slower to maximize nutritional absorption. Breast tenderness is common. Frequent urination.
      And there will be some anxiety and ambivilence, especially if this is the first baby.
      The second trimester: most women find the morning sickness is less, or completely gone. Movement of the fetus can usually be felt by the mother in the 20th week or so. The energy begins to return. She gets that "pregnant glow". She will start to gain weight faster. Her swollen abdomen becomes apparent to other people. She may start to feel Braxton-Hicks contractions. She starts to wear maternity clothes.
      The third trimester: It is obvious to everyone that she is pregnant. She will gain 1/2-1 lb a week. She may have heartburn and gas. She will need to eat frequent, small meals. Her feet may swell. Fatigue returns. Some women have a light clear, vaginal discharge. The active fetus may keep her awake. She can't wait to give birth. She starts nesting.

  28. QUESTION:
    what is the best way to sleep when you are pregnant?
    What are some tricks to help you stay asleep the whole night through?

    • ANSWER:
      While sleeping on your side (especially the left side) is most commonly recommended, you can also sleep safely on your stomach. The issue of sleep safety during pregnancy generally focuses on optimal blood flow and nutrient supply to the placenta and the fetus. A main concern is the weight of your enlarging uterus pushing down directly on the large veins that return blood to your heart. The most notable effects occur when women lie flat on their back. If you experience such problems as shortness of breath or heartburn, especially in the third trimester, propping yourself up with pillows may be helpful. Remember: Comfort is important, too!

  29. QUESTION:
    how safe are sleeping tablets in third trimester of pregnancy?
    I am going out of my mind due to lack of sleep, between heartburn, loo trips and not getting comfortable, and the anxiety of a baby arriving in about 7 weeks, i cant remember the last time i actually slept even if it was for four hours straight, i am lucky if i get an hour. I am so tired and i get cranky at my hubby and son and they don't deserve it. I have read that restavit is safe to take, i am 32 weeks pregnant and desperately need a good night's sleep. Has anyone else tried these???

    • ANSWER:
      Unisom is 100% safe and on my list of "safe" meds to take!

      http://www.obfocus.com/high-risk/meds1.htm

  30. QUESTION:
    Is It normal to have loss of appetite and nausea during the third trimester?
    I AM DUE JULY 22 SO I AM ABOUT 30 WEEKS I WAS JUST WANTING TO KNOW IF THIS IS NORMAL..THANKS

    • ANSWER:
      Yep, as your stomach gets more and more squashed towards the end of the pregnancy. Loss of appetite, nausea, heartburn, all normal. Unfortunately it's just one of things that no-one warns you about when they tell you how great it is being pregnant!

  31. 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.

  32. QUESTION:
    Are headaches a symptom during pregnancy?
    Im becoming concerned. Every day or every other day i have a HUGE headache. It's hell! it hurts really badly when my head goes through the slightest movement, even when i walk.

    i take tylenol but it takes forever to kick in. are the headaches due to the pregnancy or can something else be wrong with me?

    • ANSWER:
      Headaches are a very common symptom during pregnancy and I hear they get worse in your third trimester. A lot of women experience their very first migrane during pregnancy as well.
      Make sure you are getting plenty of water. When you think you have had enough water..drink some more. That will prevent you from becoming dehydrated which can also cause some seriously painful headaches. If you are taking a prenatal vitamin (which I hope you are) check with your doctor to see if the vitamin is causing the headaches. My prenatal caused some problems for me; nausea, indigestion, fatigue and heartburn to name a few.
      If you are cutting back on your caffeine intake or just quit smoking/quitting those withdrawls can also cause headaches.
      Really the only thing you can take for headaches is tylenol and try warm or cold compress. (cold seems to work for mine)
      Make sure you let your practitioner know about the frequent headaches at your next visit or if they become too bothersome you can always call to see what else you can do to get rid of them.
      Sorry for your discomfort. Hope it passes quickly.
      Best wishes and good luck.

  33. QUESTION:
    Is acid reflux a common early sign of pregnancy?
    I was trying to get pregnant about a month ago and have quit since because we just decided to stop trying until we buy a house. I've been taking cheap pregnancy tests so they aren't giving me the earliest response but last few nights i've been experiencing acid reflux which is something I never had a problem with before in my life. Is it common during an early pregnancy to have acid reflux?

    and i do plan to take another test soon, i was just curious to see if this is common.

    • ANSWER:
      I don't think it's common but it's certainly not uncommon. Acid reflux/heartburn tends to appear further on during pregnancy and especially during the third trimester. I sip the gaviscon from the bottle now!

      Are you sure it's not morning sickness? And if you've never had it before in your life.. they it could very well be a pregnancy symptom. I had some very strange symptoms during my early pregnancy!

  34. QUESTION:
    Weight gain or loss in third trimester?
    I am 34 weeks and have lost 4 kilograms in the last 2 weeks. I have not changed anything ive been eating or the amount or been doing anything differently at all, dont know if this is something to be concerned about. Baby is still partying like crazy in there though.
    Has anybody else had anything like this happen?
    This is my second pregnancy.

    • ANSWER:
      i'm losing too at my last doctors apt i lost 6pounds my doc said it was fine.i'm losing because i can't eat as much anymore i get full fast and get heartburn bad.

  35. QUESTION:
    What's good take or do when you can't sleep and you're only weeks pregnant?
    My gf is only weeks pregnant and she can't sleep.Before she had the same problem and she was taking some medications for it like clonazepam...Is there any other pill she can take to be able to sleep ?

    • ANSWER:
      Since chemicals from sleeping aids can get into the baby's bloodstream, that would not be safe for her to take, here are some suggestions as to what she can do to make sleeping better for her during pregnancy?

      There are many easy methods for improving your sleep during pregnancy. Some causes of sleeplessness are fairly easy to remedy, while others may not be easy to fix. While almost all of these ideas can be safely and immediately tried at home, any change in exercise, diet or medication should be discussed with your doctor or midwife.

      Step 1: Know the causes of sleeplessness
      Increasingly frequent urination—this is especially prevalent during the first and third trimesters, as the growing baby pushes on the bladder
      Sleep disruptions due to physical and emotional stress—in other words, not being able to “turn your mind off” at night due to thinking of baby names, decorating the nursery, and life changes
      Heartburn
      Leg and foot cramps
      Nasal or sinus congestion
      Discomfort or pain due to a growing belly, loosening joints and many other body changes

      Step 2: Determine what is causing your sleep problems
      Identifying which of the common causes of sleeplessness in pregnancy are your biggest culprits will help you to target a plan to treat these symptoms and hopefully get a better night’s sleep. Some can be helped (stress, discomfort, congestion), but others may not be easy to solve (such as going to the bathroom every 2 hours).
      Step 3: Promote good sleep during the day

      Exercise: Not only is exercise a great way to relieve stress and promote your physical well-being, but it also helps to foster a deeper sleep at night. Participate in regular exercise, but be careful not to do it too close to your bedtime. Ideally, you should exercise at least 4 hours before going to sleep.
      Nutrition: Before bed, have a snack with carbohydrates and protein. Carbohydrates, such as crackers, cereal, granola or bread, should help you fall asleep, while protein, such as peanut butter, cheese or yogurt, will help keep blood sugar levels up. Sustained blood sugar levels should help guard against bad dreams, headaches, and other discomforts that may wake you up And of course, the tried-and-true remedy of warm milk may also help you fall asleep. Also, if heartburn is keeping you awake, try to avoid spicy food, or eating a large, heavy meal right before bed.

      Relaxation: Practice relaxation techniques, both throughout the day and at bedtime. Yoga, stretching and breathing techniques are great ways to promote relaxation during the day, and many women find that a warm bath, massage, or more stretching right before bed help them to sleep better.

      Step 4: Encourage better sleep at night
      Prepare your bedroom: Make sure your bedroom is dark, quiet, and free of distractions. Ensure the temperature is comfortably cool; make certain the curtains or window shades keep out the light, and use a white noise machine or fan to block out unnecessary noise. Also, place your bedroom clock out of sight. Watching the time slip by as you toss and turn will only make you more anxious and further hinder your ability to fall asleep.

      Extra pillows: Whether you opt for a full-size, encircle-your-entire-body pillow, or random pillows of various sizes snatched from other places in the house, make sure you have a lot of help from pillows to make you comfortable. Many women find that a pillow between the knees, under the belly (while lying on your side) and behind the back help them to get comfortable and cozy enough to fall asleep. There are several wedge-shaped, full-body length, and other specialty pillows designed for pregnant women, and they can be found at many stores or online.
      Don’t just lie there: Don’t spend too much time in bed if you can’t fall asleep there. If you are struggling to fall asleep for over 30 minutes, get up and do a quiet, non-stimulating activity, such as light reading, listening to soothing music, or knitting.

      Step 5: Talk to your doctor or midwife
      Medication: While it is ideal to not use any medication while pregnant, it is also important for the mother to be as rested and healthy as possible throughout the pregnancy. Therefore, sometimes doctors will recommend certain medications to treat symptoms. Many over the counter heartburn medications can be safe to use for pregnant women. Some doctors advise taking vitamin B6 and half a Unisom to encourage sleep.An antihistamine can help with congestion, and also causes drowsiness, which may help you fall asleep. There are some sleep aid medications that are considered safe during pregnancy, but please, CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE USING ANY PRESCRIPTION, OVER THE COUNTER, OR HERBAL DRUGS.
      Behavioral Therapy: One option you and your doctor may consider is behavioral therapy, if it is necessary to psychologically treat your pregnancy-related insomnia.

  36. QUESTION:
    Any tips to stop worrying during pregnancy?
    Hi, I posted earlier about pains Ive been having, did anyone else have period like pains for a few weeks in early pregnancy? Everything Ive read suggests this is normal for maybe a day or two but not for a few weeks? I had a scan at 5 weeks (a few days ago) and its definately not eptopic; Im sure lots of women have had anxiety at the beginning of pregnancy, how did you all cope? My partners convinced all the worrying will harm the baby, please help me to relax...x

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, he's right....stress is not good for you and especially your baby...Some short-term achiness in the belly is normal during pregnancy. Severe cramping or pain never is. Don't hesitate to call your health care provider when you feel strong pain, especially if your pain doesn't go away or if you also have cramps, bleeding from your vagina, fever, chills, lightheadedness, faintness, or discharge from your vagina.

      There are different causes for mild achiness or pain in the abdomen during the different stages of pregnancy. For example:

      * Implantation. Many women have low, period-like pain or cramps for a day or so early in pregnancy around the time the embryo is embedding itself in the lining of the uterus.
      * Stretching of ligaments. In the second trimester, the muscles and ligaments that support your uterus stretch. (Ligaments are tough bands of tissue.) This can cause a dull ache across the belly or a sharp pain on one side. Many women feel this pain most severely when getting up from a bed, chair, or bathtub or when coughing.
      * False labor. In the second and third trimesters, you may feel contractions or an irregular tightening of your uterus muscles, often called Braxton-Hicks contractions. These are usually painless, but can sometimes be painful. They tend to increase in the weeks right before your due date and can be confused with early labor. How can you tell the difference? Braxton-Hicks contractions are irregular. Labor contractions are regular, coming every 5-10 minutes.
      * Cramping. In the last weeks of pregnancy, cramping may be a sign that labor is almost ready to begin. At the start of labor, you may have strong cramps that:
      o Come regularly every 5-10 minutes
      o Feel like a bad backache or menstrual cramps

      Normal abdominal pain may also be caused by:

      * Gas pains and bloating caused by hormones that slow your digestion
      * The pressure of your growing uterus
      * Constipation
      * Heartburn

      Abdominal Pain: What You Can Do
      When you feel abdominal achiness, sit down, put your feet up, and relax. Resting comfortably should quickly relieve your symptoms. Other tips include:

      * Avoid quick changes in position, especially turning sharply at the waist.
      * When you do feel a pain, bend toward the pain to relieve it.
      * Walking, doing light housework, or changing position may help relieve gas pains

      When to Talk to Your Health Care Provider

      Severe pain. While some pain or achiness is normal, severe abdominal pain or cramps could be a sign of a serious problem. Many conditions can cause this type of pain, whether you're pregnant or not. Severe pain may be a sign of stomach virus, food poisoning, appendicitis, urinary tract infection, kidney infection, kidney stones, gallbladder disease, or complications of pregnancy (such as preeclampsia).

      Ectopic pregnancy. During the first three months of pregnancy, abdominal pain can be a sign of ectopic pregnancy.
      In an ectopic pregnancy, the fertilized egg is implanted outside of the uterus. This serious condition requires immediate medical attention. Call your health care provider right away if you notice slight, irregular vaginal bleeding a week or more after you miss your period. The bleeding is often followed by pain in the lower abdomen, usually on one side. Without treatment, the pain will get worse and may be accompanied by shoulder pain, faintness or dizziness, nausea or vomiting.

      Preterm labor. Before the 37th week of pregnancy, abdominal cramping can be a sign of preterm labor. Call your health care provider or go to the hospital right away if you experience abdominal pain that includes any of the following:

      * Contractions (your abdomen tightens like a fist) every 10 minutes or more often
      * Pelvic pressure—the feeling that your baby is pushing down
      * Cramps that feel like your period
      * Abdominal cramps with or without diarrhea

      Other signs of preterm labor are:

      * Change in vaginal discharge (leaking fluid or bleeding from your vagina)
      * Low, dull backache

      False labor. Abdominal pain during the second and third trimesters can be caused by Braxton-Hicks contractions. These contractions tend to increase in the weeks right before your due date. You are probably having “false” labor if the contractions:

      * Stop when you walk
      * Are irregular
      * Don't get stronger or closer together over time

      Labor. Call your health care provider when:

      * Your contractions are between 5 and 10 minutes apart.
      * Your water breaks, especially if the fluid is stained dark, greenish brown.
      * You have bleeding from your vagina.
      * You can no longer walk or talk during contractions.
      * You are concerned about your health or the health and well-being of the baby.

  37. QUESTION:
    Are my stomach/heartburn issues due to GORD or am I blowing them out of proportion?
    I went to A&E a little over two months ago with flared chest pain and a tingling down the right arm. At the time I was diagnosed as having mild gastritis which caused GORD. I was put on Omeprazole 20mg. I am a 30-year old male in generally good health. I do not drink regularly (maybe two pints a month) and do not smoke. My diet wasn't the best but after the incident I have cut out most of the fat and all of the spice, afraid of what it could do. The last alcohol I had was New Year's Eve and that was 2 pints of moderate-strength lager. I have had similar-type symptoms before but they've always been very short-lived.

    After repeated visits to the doctor with a scratchy-type wam to burning sensation behind my breastbone (as well as occasional pains in the upper chest area and it does occasionally (although not very often) feel like its being pressed against my ribcage almost as if I can feel it melting through the gaps between the bones) and occasional stomach twinges (these happen around my intestinal area as well as near my appendix/liver), they continue to diagnose me as having Gastritis and GORD. As well as the Omeprazole, I'm also on Mebeverine 135mg which I need to take three times a day. I have also been referred to a gastroenterologist. As said before, I have had most of the symptoms before except for the stomach twinges (or pulling muscle sensation) and the constant warm breastbone feeling).

    I suppose my main queries are that I've been doing a bit of research on the web and also I've had this from people like my parents and also my work colleagues and I'm starting to wonder whether these symptoms could be linked to anxiety. I am a worrier about a lot of things and will often believe that the worst-case scenario is what will happen and I constantly think of the current problem which annoys everyone. Is there any likelihood that this could be 'all in my head' and that the pains/aches are because of this?

    I am starting to worry and am beginning to believe that I may have serious symptoms such as cancer or also thoughts like 'it will never go away and I will never be able to enjoy any of the foods I used to' - I have stayed off a lot of the fatty foods and spicy foods and won't touch certain things just because I read that it can flare up gastritis (if I have it) such as anything tomato-based or cheesy. I certainly haven't had a lot of the symptoms that other people have had (such as being kept up at night, throwing up, constant diarrhoea, blood in stools or vomit etc.) and it doesn't affect my work - I just know that it's there, like a constant reminder. I'm also beginning to worry that I've blown this out of all proportion and that the meds I am on are now doing more damage than good!! I still have the trouble even though I've cut out the junk which leads me to believe that's not the problem and that sets off a fresh bout of worrying and intense research!!

    Finally, I have also explored whether this could be a form of Couvade Syndrome (or sympathetic pregnancy) as my wife is 27weeks pregnant with our first child. I've read that it can cause some issues but that it tends to hit people during the first and third trimesters where mine started in her second trimester.

    I would be interested to hear what you guys and gals think as it's driving me crazy at the moment and my wife is beginning to tire of me as well!

    Cheers all!

    • ANSWER:
      Oh yes, worrying can cause your GERD to activate and become worse. It is happening in my family right now. 20 mg of Omeprezole is a low dose. See what the gastro doc says and ask God to take your worries away.

      Matthew 6:34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

      Luke 12:25 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?

      John 14:27 Peace I leave with you;my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you.Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid

  38. QUESTION:
    28 weeks pregnant and nausea is coming back?
    I'm 28 (almost 29) weeks along, and I am starting to feel sick again. This is not my first pregnancy, but I've never had this happen before. I've got an appointment and will discuss it with my doctor, but I was wondering if anyone else had experienced this. Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Yep it happens! All of your insides are being pushed up and squished inside of you ((thanks to the baby!)) causing heartburn and nausea. It's completely common to have first trimester issues in the third trimester.. it's unfortunate and nobody tells you about it - but it happens! Good luck to you - oh and eat smaller meals like toast and crackers.. those are easier to digest =]

  39. QUESTION:
    What's it like being in labour and being pregnant?
    I want to be able to understand my wifes situation, and I have no idea what it's like to go through pregnancy and labour.
    Can someone tell me what its like for the woman?
    I know from my point of view so far its beautiful, but I'm worried she might feel peeved about me not being able to understand what she has to go through.
    help?

    • ANSWER:
      THe first trimester is a pain in the butt. Your wife will most likely feel like she hasn't slept in weeks. It is so tiring, and then if her boobs are sore, imagine doing hundreds of push ups and then your muscles are sore. Plus the morning sickness, you know when you drink way too much and you just need to throw up but you really dont want to, and in the end you can't help it and then once your done throwing up you just want to curl up on the bathroom rug and sleep.

      The second trimester, things tend to get better. The sickness goes away, she may start getting energy again, the breast tenderness tends to go away and she may start showing and getting maternity clothes. She may start feeling the baby and getting more excited and wanting to find out the gender and want to go shopping and talk about pregnancy and babies.

      Then the third trimester. Horrible acne (not all women though), nothing fits at all, having to pee constantly, the baby kicking so hard it feels as if your insides are all bruised, so tired again, swollen feet, always hungry, heartburn, cravings, everything is uncomfortable from the lower back to the pelvis hip bones pubic bones, inner thighs, and then not wanting to do anything, feeling anxious and very scared about the upcoming delivery.

      but then you never know, your wife may not go through any of the pregnancy symptoms (sickness, tender breasts, acne, discomfort, etc) and may have a very easy wonderful pregnancy.

      Delivery is very hard to explain to a man. You dont know what menstrual cramps feel like obviously. I guess I can describe it like deep dull cramps in your stomache and back, as well as diarrhea like cramps at the same time and feeling like someone is squeezing the life out of you from insude. Thats what contractions feel like. The pushing part feels like a huge ball is stuck right in your pubic bone and your pushing so hard but it feels like it wont move, then it burns, and some women tear (I never tore so I dont know what it feels like so I cant describe that), and the pressure and burning get so painful that you dont want to do it anymore but there is no choice. Then once the baby is out your wife will feel relief and wont feel any pain any more.

      Then there is recovery time. SHe will be sore for awhile, bleed for 2-6 weeks, her belly will not look the same like before, her insides will feel sore and empty, she will be extremely tired after the delivery so try to help out as much as you can.

      This is the best I can describe it to you.

  40. QUESTION:
    Why does my third trimester seem so easy? Does it mean labor will be easy?
    I'm 37 weeks pregnant. My belly is HUGE and it isn't that small either. I haven't had any swelling, just a little bit in my legs. I don't walk a whole lot but when I do, I don't get tired easily. I don't mind standing up on the bus/train. No veins. I sleep fine. My braxton hicks aren't painful. The only thing that has me uncomfortable is a pregnancy rash I have all over my belly and a tiny bit of heartburn. And the baby occasionally kicks me a little to hard and sometimes lays right on my bladder. He used to lay on my sciatic nerve so my butt hurt, but he stopped doing that. Other than that I feel great. The doctor said the baby is most likely to be between 6 and 7 pounds.

    Does this mean labor and delivery will be easy? What can I do to make it easier?

    • ANSWER:

  41. QUESTION:
    How often should a 23 weeks fetus move?
    My baby moves mostly in the morning,after breakfast and the rest of the day almost nothing...Is this normal,should i be concerned?Is it possible that he/she sleeps so much?Actually thinking about the parents it might be :)
    ok but my question isn't whether i should feel him/her or not.I do (Thanx God),but i think just too little :(

    • ANSWER:
      This is always a question of good concern, and I did some research on this to put your mind at ease?

      Fetal Movement During Pregnancy
      Your baby's activity level — the kicks, rolls, and wiggles you can feel — will vary throughout your pregnancy. Here's what to expect when it comes to fetal movement.
      Feeling your baby twist, wriggle, punch, kick, and hiccup is simply one of pregnancy's biggest thrills (and it sure beats heartburn, puffy feet, an aching back, and some of the other hallmarks of these nine months). There may be no better proof that a brand-new — and impressively energetic — life is developing within you.

      But fetal movement during pregnancy can also drive a mom-to-be batty with questions and doubts: Is my baby kicking enough? Too much? Does my baby have four legs (because it sure feels that way when the kicking starts)?

      Although every baby is different when it comes to fetal movement, and there's a wide range of what's normal, it helps to take a peek into your baby's world during pregnancy to understand what's going on in there, and what to expect when.

      Fetal Movement in the First Trimester

      From the first few days and weeks of pregnancy (when that rapidly expanding cluster of cells is just a cluster of cells) through the end of the third month (when your practitioner's Doppler just might pick up the lovely lub-dub of a heartbeat), the first trimester is a time of astoundingly fast development. But don't expect to feel any fetal movement yet (except the queasiness, the fatigue, the headaches…); your baby is far too tiny, and buried far too deeply within the protective cushioning of your womb, to make a blip on your belly radar. He or she could dance a jig and you'd feel neither a stamp nor a hop.

      Fetal Movement in the Second Trimester

      Ah, now we're talking — or at least thumb-sucking, kicking, and thrashing. When will you actually feel those twitterings of life known as quickening? Some pregnant women (the very thin, or those who have had previous children) first feel their baby's movement as early as the fourth month. Most women won't be aware of, or recognize, the flits and twitches (which can feel a lot like gas or muscle spasms) for at least another few weeks.

      By the fifth month, most women are feeling the fidgets and squirms of their active little tenant. The baby's routines will grow increasingly acrobatic (and the punches more powerful) as those little muscles get stronger and those fledgling motor skills develop. Your little gymnast is still small enough to be able to turn somersaults with abandon within your uterus. Once you start feeling your karate kid's kicks and chops, don't panic if you go several hours — or even a day or two — without noticing any movement. At this stage and with your baby still quite tiny, it's normal not to feel regular movement. (If you haven't felt any movement by the middle of the fifth month, your practitioner may order an ultrasound to take a look at how your baby is doing — it might just be that your due date is off.)

      Your baby picks up the pace in the sixth month. Leg movements will seem more choreographed, and you may start noticing patterns in the pitter-patter of those little feet (although it's just as likely that the behavior won't be predictable). Because the motion of your own body during your daily routine can lull the baby to sleep — and because you're often focused on so many other things when you're up and about — you may find that the baby is most active after you've settled down for the night (or after you have a snack; the surge in your blood sugar may give your baby a rush of energy — or when you're nervous, since adrenalin can have the same effect). When you're relaxed and more attuned to your body, you're also more likely to be aware of what the baby is up to.

      Fetal Movement in the Third Trimester

      It starts to get a little cramped in the womb by the seventh month, but your baby still has enough room to toss and turn for a little while longer. Your pint-sized pugilist is getting stronger, and those punches, while comforting, can now be downright jolting. Babies are individuals, just like the rest of us, and the rhythms and patterns of their activity will vary. Try not to compare your baby's movements with those of others (your best friend's pregnancy is different from yours), or of your own previous children. And don't stress if your baby seems unusually active; it doesn't mean you'll have a hyper child later on.

      Those kicks and punches are not the only movement you're probably feeling these days. Have you sensed an occasional flutter of faint but rhythmic tics? The baby probably has a harmless — and perfectly normal — case of the hiccups. (Not having them is just as normal).

      To Do in Month 7: After week 28, you can expect to feel fetal activity every day. Set aside some quiet time twice a day to "count kicks," or any fetal movement. Ten movements of any kind in an

  42. QUESTION:
    Anyone else feel bad during their 2nd trimester?
    I feel off balance all the time...i just feel weird. Ive checked my bp which is normal bs is normal i dont understand y i feel like crap. Is it bc the baby is growing so much? I just started feeling like this last week. Im almost 26 wks preg
    Its a boy!

    • ANSWER:
      Each pregnant women is different you are probably adjusting to your pregnancy weight which is why you feel "weird" and off balance that will get better. With my first pregnancy I felt okay (not great) during the first trimester but my second was my worst, the third I was just so excited. I had heartburn and backache during last trimester but other than that I felt great. My second was when food made me sick, I didn't want sex, I felt crappy.
      My second pregnancy, I felt awful the 1st trimester and then better the second and third. I didn't have the backache with my second child so that was good.
      Now, I'm pregnant again and so far this has been my easiest pregnancy. No sickness but I'm only 11 weeks, we will see.

      Hopefully you will start to feel better soon.

  43. QUESTION:
    when do you start experience pregnancy symptoms?
    just a general question really and would like to here your answers

    when you were pregnant when did you start having symptoms e.g feeling sick

    i am 5 days late! last week i was feeling sick going to wait another week or so before i test.

    If i am pregnant should i be feeling symptoms now?

    thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Pregnancy symptoms vary from woman to woman and from pregnancy to pregnancy. Most women have at least some symptoms during their pregnancy. Some women are lucky enough to only have one or two, and some are unlucky enough to experience every one of the unpleasant pregnancy symptoms. Pregnancy symptoms can start as early as the first week after conception, however it is more likely that symptoms will start around the time you are 6 weeks pregnant, which is about 4 weeks after conception or 2 weeks after the first day of your missed period.

      The first real pregnancy symptom you will experience is a missed period. Some women have symptoms before their period is missed, but most home pregnancy tests will not show an accurate positive result until at least the first day of a missed period.

      The next pregnancy symptom you may experience is tender, swollen or painful breasts. Usually, this symptom shows up around the time you have missed your period, however, some women experience this symptom within the first week after conception. This is cause by the rising levels in hormones which are necessary to sustain a pregnancy. However, this may also be a sign of PMS, though the symptoms you’ll have during your pregnancy will be more pronounced than PMS symptoms.
      Within the first week to 12 days after conception, you may experience a little bleeding. This may be caused by implantation of the egg into the lining of the uterus. The bleeding is usually very slight, pinkish in color, and might be present on toilet paper while going to the bathroom or on your underwear. It is usually not enough to even cover a panty liner, but some women have described it as being similar to a light period.

      Morning sickness is probably the most unpleasant symptom of pregnancy. Although it’s called morning sickness, nausea and vomiting can attack at any time of the day, sometimes all day long. This symptom usually shows up between the 6th and 8th week of pregnancy. It is caused by a surge in hormones in the first trimester. Usually after the 12th to 14th week of pregnancy, morning sickness will start to taper off. Some women have morning sickness throughout their pregnancy, which can also be normal. It is ok if you do not experience morning sickness at all; it does not necessarily mean you are not producing enough hormones. Consider yourself lucky. If you are concerned, you should discuss it with your doctor. Keep in mind, pregnancies vary from one to another, so if you experienced severe morning sickness in a previous pregnancy, if does not necessarily mean your subsequent pregnancies will be the same.

      Food aversions and cravings usually happen around the same time that you start to experience morning sickness. The smell of cooking bacon or hamburgers may send you running to the bathroom while the site of a tuna fish sandwich may make your mouth water. Many women have to have a particular food at every meal in order to be satisfied and keep their stomachs settled.

      Frequent urination is a common pregnancy symptom. Most women think the urge to run to the bathroom occurs late in pregnancy due to the increase in the size of the baby, however it is common for women to begin having frequent urination as early as 6 weeks because of the increase in bodily fluids that occurs during pregnancy. These fluids must be processed by the kidneys and deposited into your bladder. The urge to urinate will only increase as pregnancy goes along and your baby begins to grow. Especially in the late third trimester, you may be running to the bathroom throughout the day and night.

      Constipation and heartburn are also unfortunate symptoms of pregnancy. This can occur at any time from the very beginning of pregnancy, to the very end. It is yet another symptom that is caused by the increase in hormones. These hormones automatically slow down the movement of a woman’s bowels. The best way to avoid constipation is to drink plenty of water, and eat plenty of fiber. Always talk to your doctor before starting any type of fiber supplement.

      Weight gain is a necessity while you are pregnant. Weight gain will begin the late first trimester with only a few pounds. The majority of your weight gain will occur in the second and third trimesters. Most women begin to show around 12 to 20 weeks--it just depends on a woman’s body type and size at the time of pregnancy.

      Backaches are common for some women. As the pelvic area begins to stretch, probably in the second trimester, your back may begin to ache or feel maladjusted. Some doctors recommend massage or chiropractic care, but always talk to your obstetrician before seeking any of this type of alternative care.

      Some other common pregnancy symptoms include nosebleeds, caused by an increase in blood flow during the pregnancy, mood swings, headaches, and fatigue. All these symptoms usually occur between 6 and 8 weeks of pregnancy.

  44. QUESTION:
    23 Weeks Pregnant and a lot of Heartburn?
    I'm 23 weeks pregnant and I've been getting a lot of hearburn. I've been drinking milk to help get rid of it or take tums. I was just wondering can you drink too much milk during pregnancy and could it hurt the baby. I tend to go through a gallon of milk in 3-4 days. My husband drinks some, but its mainly me who drinks it. Can me drinking too much milk be harmful?

    • ANSWER:
      I don't think there is anything wrong with drinking a lot of milk. If you are really concerned ask your doctor at your next doctors visit. As for the heartburn. Milk doesn't do to much to help it it may actually make it worse. I would continue taking the tums. You can eat quite a bit of them before they become concerned about it. When I was pregnant with both of my children I ate them like candy. Always have some in your purse because you will need them when you are out.

      Also ask your doctor what you can take for heartburn relief. When I was pregnant with my daughter I recieved a prescription for heartburn from a doctor I worked with that was safe but that was because my heartburn was so bad that my esophagus was bleeding. With my son I was told to take pepcid over the counter and that did work until the last few weeks of my third trimester.

      You can also call you doctors office and ask the doctor on call or the triage nurse and see what they have to say about the milk and the heartburn. Don't worry about calling about something that you may feel stupid that is what they are there for to help you. So call them so you can get some relief.

      I hope everything works out!!

  45. QUESTION:
    Hunger pains/cramps while eating, 33 weeks pregnant?
    I am 33 weeks pregnant and this problem started when I hit the third trimester. I do not get hunger pains anymore until I am actually eating, they come either in the middle of my meal or after. Has anyone else experienced this? Is it normal?

    • ANSWER:
      I get that pain too but mind starter since I got pregnant at the beginning I thought it was heartburn but no it was not heartburn it comes and goes. I'm also 33 weeks preggo I have to say this pregnancy is been really stuff for me.

  46. QUESTION:
    Can someone help me on pregnancy?
    Can you tell me about the classes you have to go to, and symptoms and things you had to go through?

    • ANSWER:
      I didn't attend any classes either. Facts are that no matter what you learn (breathing exercises etc) when labour arrives, everything you think you know goes straight out of the window anyway and you just do what feels right at the time. - For me it was swearing blue murder, especially as my local maternity unit refuses to do epidurals! lol!

      As for symptoms? Everyone's different. In the first trimester I got trapped wind and bloating after meals and slight sickness halfway through meals. Second trimester was heartburn at nights and (in 2nd pregnancy) back pain. Third was just tiredness and feeling as big as a house.

      Oh, and in this, my third pregnancy, leaking boobs at 23 weeks onwards. Thank god I'm planning on breast feeding again cos my body sure says I'm gonna!

      Your midwife will tell you exactly what to expect, what books to read (UK midwives give mums-to-be a book called "Ready, steady, baby") and what classes are available in your area.

  47. QUESTION:
    what is the symptom order of early pregnancy ?
    hi i am a 25yr whom have been on birth control for 5 months now , the pills are supposed to regulate me an have been for the last four months until this month on th 11th when i was supposed to have a period but all i did was spot in a dark to light brown color with slight cramping. now i don't have any other symptoms as of yet and my breast have not been sore before my period was supposed to start in about three months and i am thinking maybe i am pregnant and that the pills are defulting the rest of the symptoms ! can someone help ?

    • ANSWER:
      Symptoms of pregnancy may vary from woman to woman and even pregnancy to pregnancy. While not all will occur with every pregnancy and some symptoms are in fact rare, following is a list of some of the potential symptoms of pregnancy.

      Implantation, the female body begins to adjust to prenatal stage. There may be some twinge associated with implantation. (Generally 7-10 days after fertilization.)
      Distended abdomen, this symptom rapidly increases during the second trimester.
      Delayed or difference in menstruation.
      Minor vaginal bleeding (spotting).
      Swollen or tender breast, minor lactation in third trimester.
      Fatigue, also may experience sleeplessness.
      Nausea, sometimes accompanied by vomiting, esp. the first trimester, most likely to start at around 7 weeks. (morning sickness).
      Lower backaches.
      Sensitivity in teeth, higher risk for gum disease.
      Headaches, some women reported migraine-like types.
      Long frequent hiccuping spells.[1]
      Enlarged feet and hands, or expanded buttocks.
      Frequent urination; occasionally urinary incontinence.
      Constipation, but a few encounter random defecation.
      Food cravings, or increased appetite.
      Fear of increasingly imposing burden.
      Heartburn or upset stomach, and sometimes vomiting caused by the nausea (some in the third trimester, due to fetal position "presses" the stomach).
      Stomach/intestinal gas, may be frequently flatulent or belch.
      Difficulty in walking and balance.
      Difficulty with contact or vision prescriptions.
      Hemmorrhoids and rectal irritaton.
      Changes in sense of smell.
      Exhaustion or increased breathing, some reported to have "deeper" voices.
      Skin gets blush, but can "soften" or moisten, and even can dry faster.
      A few reported hair loss, others have more body or "facial" hair.
      Symptoms of pregnancy do not allow for a pregnancy diagnosis because each of these symptoms has the potential to be explained by other reasons (e.g. missing a period because of stress, hormone level change, etc).

  48. QUESTION:
    i am 37 wks is laying on my tummy going to harm my baby ?
    i've heard that it isnt good for my baby but some other people say it wont hurt the baby like about 3 wks ago and b4 that it would hurt if i did but now it's actually more comfortable also i have been having BAD upper back and shoulder pain tylenol doesnt help neither does a heating pad any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Although there's no real harm in sleeping on your right side, lying on your left side is actually good for you and your baby: It improves the flow of blood and nutrients to the placenta and it helps your kidneys efficiently eliminate waste products and fluids from your body. That, in turn, reduces swelling in your ankles, feet, and hands. If you train yourself to sleep on your left side early on, you'll have an easier time falling asleep when your belly is bulging later.

      During the second half of pregnancy, avoid sleeping on your back, a position that puts the full weight of your uterus on your spine, back muscles, intestines, and the inferior vena cava (the vein that transports blood from your lower body to the heart). Back-sleeping can also put you at risk for backaches and hemorrhoids, inefficient digestion, and impaired breathing and circulation. Lying on your back in the second and third trimester can also cause changes in blood pressure. For some women, it can cause a drop in blood pressure that can make them feel dizzy; for others, it can cause an unwanted increase in blood pressure.

      While sleeping on your side (especially the left side) is most commonly recommended, you can also sleep safely on your stomach. The issue of sleep safety during pregnancy generally focuses on optimal blood flow and nutrient supply to the placenta and the fetus. A main concern is the weight of your enlarging uterus pushing down directly on the large veins that return blood to your heart. The most notable effects occur when women lie flat on their back. If you experience such problems as shortness of breath or heartburn, especially in the third trimester, propping yourself up with pillows may be helpful. Remember: Comfort is important, too!

      nikita

  49. QUESTION:
    Suddenly sick with a headache in the third trimester?
    Big ol' TMI alert for this.
    Yesterday, I woke up feeling fine. Then, I'd say about 7 AM I started feeling really sick. I've felt this way since then, and I can't find any relief. It seemed to come out of the blue; no warning signs that I was sick or anything. I'm not even running a fever! The last time I checked, it was 98.4.

    What I'm feeling is:
    -a light migraine headache that I can't get to go away. It isn't bad enough to mess up my normal schedule, but it's bad enough to feel and I'd still rather be in the dark without any noise or smells.
    -severe nausea. No vomiting though. I feel like if I could vomit, I would feel better. The nausea is so bad that it's interfering with my eating schedule. I have to force myself to eat, and I barely eat enough to count as one meal.
    -really bad heartburn. I can't seem to get this to go away either. It's just hurts less at certain times.
    -racing heart. It feels like it started racing last night and hasn't stopped.
    -more frequent bowel movements. It isn't diarrhea, it's the same as it's always been. But instead of going maybe once or twice a day, I'm going about once every two hours.

    I don't know if this is normal or not, or really what I should do.
    I've asked a few people about it. Some of them said it was a sign that labor is near and not to worry. Some said they weren't too sure but they'd wait it out. Everyone else said to call my doctor.

    Is this normal?
    Do I call my doctor?

    • ANSWER:
      Get your blood sugar checked. You could be developing gestational (pregnancy) diabetes.

  50. QUESTION:
    what are the pregnancy symptoms in the first trimester?
    and what symptom will all women feel during the first three months?

    • ANSWER:
      First Month

      Weeks one through four or the first month of pregnancy, symptoms may incude:

      fatigue
      morning sickness
      excess saliva
      frequent urination
      lower abdominal pressure
      depression
      A woman may crave certain foods and becoming completely adverse to others that didn't bother her before. She may become very irritable, cry a lot, or be overjoyed.

      Second Month

      Weeks five through eight or the second month of pregnancy, symptoms may include:
      swelling of hands and feet
      varicose veins
      constipation
      heartburn
      indigestion
      flatulence
      bloating
      heavier breasts
      goose bumps on the areola
      slight whitish vaginal discharge
      waistline expansion
      change in the size of the uterus

      Third Month

      During these nine to 13 weeks, hopefully the nausea and vomiting have eased or ceased. The pregnant woman may have:
      more energy
      less urination time
      a slight increase in vaginal discharge
      additional visible veins on the body
      faintness
      dizziness
      stretch marks
      change in sex drive (feeling sexier or not wanting to participate at all)
      cramping after an orgasm
      a corpus luteum cyst
      inability to urinate
      and or a new sense of calmness

      Any of the previously mentioned symptoms in month one and two can remain present or have ceased.


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