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Acid Reflux While Pregnant
Technically called GERD, acid reflux is the presence of acidic stomach contents in the esophagus. The acid irritates the esophagus causing heartburn symptoms. The regurgitation or reflux can vary greatly as can the symptoms. Blocking stomach acid with medications can alleviate the burning but medication cannot stop the reflux. Complicated GERD requires surgical treatment ...Read more
I just found out that im 5 weeks preagnant, few weeks before i took Nexium for acid reflux and sertraline for panic attacks. Is that safe for the baby?
Likely OK: Nexium not a problem. The jury is not in yet on sertraline during pregnancy. The problems that have been suspected with sertraline appear to be more of a problem later in pregnancy, closer to delivery, with some of these meds being suspected to be involved in some cardiac/breathing problems in newborns at the time of birth with a condition called persistent pulmonary hypertension. ...Read more
Hormonal changes: Something called the lower esophageal sphincter (at the lower end of the esophagus, just above the stomach) is looser during pregnancy because of the effect of hormones. This looser valve allows the stomach acid to 'back up' , or, 'reflux' more easily with laying down flat, laying down on the right side, and as the baby gets bigger and pushes up under the stomach. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
complex: In general, less sugaris a good idea. Pay attention to what foods cause more reflux, and try to avoid those. Unfortunately, reflux is one of the many problems caused or worsened by pregnancy. Should resolve afterwords, notwithstanding the stress of rearing a child. It is still however a privilege. ...Read more
Is Zantac 75 safe to take when pregnant? Or is there something else that is preferred for acid reflux?
My sister is pregnant and due in april. She has horrible acid reflux and is currently taking prilosec. Is there anything else she can try?
I keep burping and it smell like rotten eggs , is this apart of acid reflux? Im currently seven mnths pregnant what meds can I take ?
Not far to go: First, one's OB provider should be consulted so that a personalized answer can be given and possibly a referral made. Second, a pregnant woman with GI or digestive problems should attempt to make a list or keep a "diary" of food and liquid taken in (amount, time, type), symptoms (time, duration, severity, type), etc to share at next visit. Third, if eating eggs, one might stop till doctor approves. ...Read more
Reflux is also known as Gastroesophageal reflux disease. Acid reflux is defined as the presence of acidic gastric contents in the esophagus causing irritation. It's cause is blamed on the a lax gastroesophageal shpincter that permits usch regurgitation. Vesicoureteral reflux is regurgitation (backing up) of urine in the bladder into the ureter ...Read more
If you're pregnant or planning to get pregnant, there are many things you can do to give your baby a healthy start: Regular prenatal visits along with laboratory testing, ultrasounds, prenatal vitamins and immunizations (like the flu shot and whopping cough booster). Now's the time to eat healthy, stay hydrated, and ...Read more
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