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A 23-year-old female asked:

Can a woman with gerd get pregnant and will it get worse or it can be controlled?

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Dr. Jie Xu
Dr. Jie Xuanswered
Obstetrics and Gynecology 18 years experience
Gerd does not: Impede you from getting pregnant. It can get worse during pregnancy since food in your GI system moves slower and can lead to reflux. You can prevent this by eating smaller, but more frequent meals. Pepcid, zantac, (ranitidine) tums, prilosec, are all over the counter meds that can relieve symptoms during pregnancy. Hope this helps.
Dr. Linda Gromko
Family Medicine 49 years experience
Yes, probably, yes.: Gerd (gastro-esophageal reflux disease) will not keep you from getting pregnant (so don't use it for birth control!). It will likely get worse in pregnancy as the belly grows and puts greater pressure on the stomach and esophagus. It can be controlled through eating small frequent meals, avoiding foods that provoke heartburn, and through meds - but check with your doctor. Lgromkomd.

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