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I'm 19 weeks and 2 days, and I'm really having a hard time with heartburn already. I have been watching the past few days, and I haven't seen anyone else with this problem, but I definitely could have missed it if you did post!
Can I get some info on what worked for any of you who have been through this? Tums haven't been doing anything to help, and I know I can take more, but I'm not quite sure what to take! Or, do you avoid certain foods? Everything I eat for dinner seems to come back to haunt me later, regardless of what it is...
Thanks in advance for any advice! Oh yes, one more thing...is this really early to be experiencing heartburn? I'm starting to worry about the rest of my pregnancy...yikes!
I've got it really bad too Gina and it hit around 18 weeks. My doctor just told me to go to the pharmacy and ask the pharmacist until I ran out of non-prescription options. Right now I'm managing to keep it under control with extra-strength tums, in the evenings and milk during the day. The Pharmacist told me to avoid acidic foods, tomato sauce, orange juice, etc. and to eat small meals spaced out throughout the day...I'm almost to the point where the tums aren't doing it though so I'm planning on heading back to the pharmacy later this week if it doesn't get better - I'll let you know what she recommends next.
Thanks so much for replying...I'm glad to know I'm not alone!
I'm in a special kind of situation...I'm on a really restrictive diet. I tried for years to get pregnant, with never a positive result. And then, last year, I went off gluten, dairy, and sugar, and I was pregnant within two months. Unfortunately, I lost that baby, but when I went back on the diet again last August, I got pregnant again within two months! Even though my doctors have told me that they don't know if they diet really helped, I can't believe that it hasn't...and I am not going off the diet until after my baby is born!
That doesn't leave me with a lot of food options though. I've been living off of tomato-based products (salsa has been my best friend). I know I should avoid tomato-based stuff, but I'm frazzled to think of what to replace it with. So many things have dairy and gluten, and I've had a hard enough time finding foods to eat that give me what I need nutrition-wise. I've made it work, but now...the thought of ditching my staples (tomatoes!) is just really bad news to me right now.
Good luck with your heartburn...it's miserable! And keep the advice coming!
Oh man, I totally understand - I used to be dairy and gluten free, thankfully It seems to have cleared up in the last few years, but it was BRUTAL. My sister is yeast and sugar free...so I TOTALLY get the tomatoes being a staple thing...she cooks with them constantly (she lives with me)
I found that Rolaids (the chewy kind) worked best for me at the end of my pregnancy with DD. I couldn't stand the chalky-ness of Tums (it made me want to throw up).
You could try eating smaller snacks/meals more frequently. There are also foods that are "natural" acid-reducers, like bananas and milk (which I know you can't have, but maybe you could try soy milk or something?). You can also mix baking soda and water if you can stomach it... the dosage should be on the box.
I feel so bad for you! I've had HORRIBLE heart burn a few times and felt like I was dying, so I can't even imagine having it all the time! the last time I felt it coming on, I chomped on some Tums and it helped, but there was another time that it came on fast and eating four Tums only have me a tiny bit of relief. Hopefully you're able to find some relief!!!
Someone somewhere (maybe on our FB group?) said almonds really help with heartburn. I keep wanting to try it but forget every time we go to the store. Mine is bad... I'm taking store brand acid reducers twice a day and spot treating with tums. I'm going to ask my doctor tomorrow because it seems like EVERYTHING gives me heartburn and acid reflux, even buttered toast.
someone at school today mentioned raw potato ... she said it was the only thing that helped during her pregnancies...I haven't tried it, but I did a quick google search and it does seem to be a home remedy
I finally caved in to my pain...I hate to sound like a drama queen, but I've never had heartburn before, and it really doesn't agree with me!
My doctor said I could take Pepcid or Zantac, so I took a Zantac 75 mg last night (one of the lower doses), and my heartburn disappeared--and hasn't come back at all today. This is news, since it's been plaguing me for about a week now. I don't want to take it every night, but I'm pretty happy right now!
Thanks for all of your advice, and good luck to everyone.