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The Primary Cause Of Heartburn And Constipation During Pregnancy
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
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
Physiologic: Heartburn is a very common complaint among pregnant women. Pregnancy is a state of hormonal fluctuation. One of these hormones, progesterone, is responsible for the relaxation of the sphincter muscle at the ge (gastroesophageal) junction. For this reason, acid is more likely to reflux back into the esophagus and cause heartburn. Speak to your doctor about remedies for heartburn. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 or prilosec. If severe or not relieved see your doctor. ...Read more
Yes: According to my book, zantac/ranitidine is considered pregnancy category b. That means it is probably safe for you to take. I recommend you call your OB first however. Don't take Prilosec which is Omeprazole (prevacid which is Lansoprazole may be ok). Don't take tums. Check with your ob. ...Read more
Simple tips: Ppis are effective. But if you take the following steps they should help as well. Dont eat less than 2 hours before lying down. Either raise the head of your bed six inches or sleep on 1 wedge pillow - dont sleep with multiple pillows as that can actually allow acid to come up to your throat. Avoid mint, caffiene, chocolate, spicy foods (i know its difficult to do but it will help -promise!). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Eat Better !: Gastric reflux may worsen when pregnant. Avoid eating late, big meals, saucy and condimented .Specially after 5 pm. Digestion is very slow during pregnancy. If you smoke , quit and ask your doctor about acid pump inhibitors like pepsid and prilosec. Treating gastric reflux aggressively will decrease your morning sickness as well. Eat small meals every 3 hours or so. Good luck ! ...Read more
When acid and peptic juices reflux into the esophagus, one might have the sensation of burning or pain under the breast bone. It can radiate up to the throat and down to the region of the solar plexus. Some may describe it as bad 'indigestion' and others may feel like they are ...Read more
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