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Doctor insights on: The Primary Cause Of Heartburn And Constipation During Pregnancy

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I think I have gerd, how do I know for sure and will this cause complications in pregnancy?

I think I have gerd, how do I know for sure and will this cause complications in pregnancy?

GER vs GERD: Gastroesophageal reflux is a universal event.You cannot belch without refluxing air from the stomach, its just when the stomach acid comes up with it that you can become symptomatic with heartburn.(gerd) avoiding caffeine, nicotine, acidic drinks, spicy foods, and laying down after a meal can help you avoid symptoms.Many women deal with this in pregnancy and do fine. ...Read more

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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Does having GERD as a child cause women to have pregnancy complications?

Does having GERD as a child cause women to have pregnancy complications?

Doubtful: It may be difficult, but it would be helpful for an OB provider to have records of prior diagnosis and treatment even if in childhood. It is unlikely that gerd that occurred only in childhood would cause pregnancy complications. However, reflux might occur due simply to relaxation of muscles by hormones. That might require some changes in diet if OB approves to ensure proper nourishment. ...Read more

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Is GERD considered common during pregnancy?

Is GERD considered common during pregnancy?

Yes: Unfortunately, yes. Women commonly suffer from gerd during pregnancy. It is multi-factoral. However, you should discuss with your ob. He/she may be able to offer guidance to alleviate symptoms. ...Read more

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When I eat very acidic tomato sauce I feel it start burning all the down. Had awful heartburn throughout pregnancy but not pregnant anymore. Gerd?

When I eat very acidic tomato sauce I feel it start burning all the down. Had awful heartburn throughout pregnancy but not pregnant anymore. Gerd?

Yes gerd likely: but sometimes is worse during pregnancy since stomach is pushed u and relaxes esophageal sphincter but if tomatoes bother you avoid them for now , gerd precautions are to eat 6 small meals instead of 3 to avoid overflow of stomach , elevate head of bed 6 inches for gravity to push down and avoid eating 3 hours before bed or just small amounts. it may pass. ...Read more

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Can GERD be associated with pregnancy?

Can GERD be associated with pregnancy?

Yes: The answer should really be "absolutely". There is a muscular valve at the top of the stomach that helps keep stomach contents (fluid/food) in the stomach and out of the esophagus. This muscle relaxes more often during pregnancy and doesn't close as tightly. When the stomach contracts/churns food, it is able to go into the esophagus, and women get reflux symptoms. ...Read more

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Can i still have GERD after delivery if i had it before pregnancy? What are the symptoms?

Can i still have GERD after delivery if i had it before pregnancy? What are the symptoms?

Yes: Gerd is a result of a weak valve between the stomach and the esophagus. Pregnancy make the reflux worse becasue of the increased intra-abdominal pressure. If the valve was weak before the pregnancy, it will be weak after the pregnancy as well. The most common symptom is heartburn. Spicy food, alcohol, caffeine, and chocolate can make it worse. ...Read more

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Gerd in pregnancy and shortness of breath?

Gerd in pregnancy and shortness of breath?

Common: Common during pregnancy. You need more oxygen during pregnancy and the body adapts to this. Also as the growing baby/uterus pushes against your diaphragm (muscle of breathing) your breathing might feel more labored. Gerd occurs for the same reason. It also occurs because the hormones make the muscle from the stomach to the esophagus more relaxed, causing reflux. Both reverse after delivery. ...Read more

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I lost weight diring pregnancy, i lost more when i gave birth almost 8kilos, after 2months i lost another 2-3kilos.Is this normal? What to do?Ihave GERD

I lost weight diring pregnancy, i lost more when i gave birth almost 8kilos, after 2months i lost another 2-3kilos.Is this normal? What to do?Ihave GERD

Impossible: There is no way to comment without much more information such as your weight, lab data, and the list goes on and on. You need to be working with your physician to figure this out! ...Read more

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Ehlersdanlos3, pregnancy , chronic gastritis/esphogitis (no hpylori) making GERD unbearable... Help ... Natural if possible. Raw cabbage juice?

Ehlersdanlos3, pregnancy , chronic gastritis/esphogitis (no hpylori) making GERD unbearable... Help ... Natural if possible. Raw cabbage juice?

Check out these: Links. Take care! http://www.m.webmd.com/heartburn-gerd/home-heartburn-remedies-natural-remedies-heartburn. http://melissabarrett.hubpages.com/hub/herbsforacidreflux.

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Pregnancy or GERD symptoms? My period came on jan 30- feb 5, it didn't come back on till march 4. I took home pregnancy test. It said no.

Pregnancy or GERD symptoms?  My period came on jan 30- feb 5, it didn't come back on till march 4. I took home pregnancy test.  It said no.

Not if negative : If the pregnancy test is negative and you repeated in 1 to 2 days and it still negative then you are not pregnant. You can then see your doctor to discuss gerd symptoms. ...Read more

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Are digestive enzyme supplements helpful during pregnancy in alleviating symptoms such as heartburn and or constipation and or gas/bloating?

Are digestive enzyme supplements helpful during pregnancy in alleviating symptoms such as heartburn and or constipation and or gas/bloating?

Probably not...: Taking additional digestive enzymes is not likely to help with symptoms such as heartburn, constipation, or gas bloating unless a person has an underlying deficiency of digestive enzymes. Changes in the types of foods, the size of meals, the body position during/after meals, etc..., can help symptoms somewhat. An ob-gyn or G.I. Doctor may evaluate to see if symptoms are typical for a pregnancy. ...Read more

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What does heartburn feel like during pregnancy? I'm not sure on what i've been feeling

What does heartburn feel like during pregnancy? I'm not sure on what i've been feeling

Often chest pain.: Heartburn is usually pain under the sternum or in upper abdomen. It may feel like a burning or raw sensation. May also feel like stabbing pain under the sternum. It is usually relieved or improved with antacids or something like Pepcid (famotidine) or prilosec. If severe or not relieved see your doctor. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of heartburn during pregnancy?

How do I get rid of heartburn during pregnancy?

Tums (calcium carbonate): I really like Tums because you can't take too much and it works great.... I also like a bland diet and otc Prilosec or zantac (ranitidine). ...Read more

Dr. Charles Cattano
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Heartburn (Definition)

A painful burning sensation in the esophagus, just below or behind the breastbone. The pain often rises in your chest and may radiate to ...Read more


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Constipation (Definition)

Constipation is difficulty passing ...Read more