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Why are pregnant women more susceptible to heartburn?

Why are pregnant women more susceptible to heartburn?

Pressure : There is ralaxation of muscles in pregnancy and the one responsible for preventing reflux would be affected as well as there is pressure from the baby on the stomach causing reflux. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...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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I'm pregnant of 33 weeks and i recently have GERD and heartburn chest. What can I do to stop this symptom and feel better?

I'm pregnant of 33 weeks and i recently have GERD and heartburn chest. What can I do to stop this symptom and feel better?

Medication: Tums and rolaids are good when you have the symptom. If you get it daily you are better off on a preventative medication like prevacid, (lansoprazole) prilosec, Omeprazole and ranitidine. ...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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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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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) you're 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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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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I developed GERD while pregnant, will it go away after birth?

I developed GERD while pregnant, will it go away after birth?

Often, yes: Many women develop gerd due to their pregnancy, as there are many hormonal and physical changes that occur during pregnancy. Many women will revert back to their original state after delivery, but not always. ...Read more

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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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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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I'm 35 weeks pregnant and have gerd. Can I drink rootbeer?

I'm 35 weeks pregnant and have gerd. Can I drink rootbeer?

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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Any harmful effects? Been taking calcium magnesium since pregnant. Gave birth 2mos ago.& I think it helps me prevent my GERD to trigger. Is that possble

Any harmful effects? Been taking calcium magnesium since pregnant. Gave birth 2mos ago.& I think it helps me prevent my GERD to trigger. Is that possble

Calcium chews: Particularly calcium carbonate (not citrate) can neutralize acid. Most reflux during pregnancy is do to increased abdominal pressure and goes away after pregnancy. There are other medication for gerd that are better than calcium but there is no harmful effects as long as you are not taking too much of it. If reflux persist, consult a GI doctor and get it looked at. Stay well! ...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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I have GERD is it safe to take domperidone im 21 weeks pregnant?

I have GERD is it safe to take domperidone im 21 weeks pregnant?

Seek an alternative: Domperidone is a drug that has no human data for use during pregnancy. However, animal data suggest risk. It would be better to use an alternative drug. Ask your doctor. ...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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Diagnosed w GERD, on pantozole 40 mg, feel nauseous/tired after meals, not pregnant. Feel this often, got treated for gastritis 3 times in past year?

H. pylori?: Have you been tested for Helicobactor Pylori, an infection that can cause stomach ulcers? Have you had an upper endoscopy to look at the stomach lining? If not then I suggest that you ask your doctor for a referral to a gastroenterologist to have those tests done. In the mean time avoid foods that worsen the problem and start a probiotic daily ...Read more

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Burning pain under right breast comes and goes. Hist of gerd. 7wks pregnant. Causes?

Burning pain under right breast comes and goes. Hist of gerd. 7wks pregnant. Causes?

Costochondritis: If you are tender to the touch on the ribs, it may be inflammation of the ribs/cartilage due to expansion of the abdomen/ rib cage with pregnancy. Other things I think of are gallbladder disease if associated with eating fatty foods, muscle strain if a lot of vomiting in early pregnancy, or gastritis (stomach inflammation from acid). ...Read more

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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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I'm 33 weeks pregnant and have gerd, usually happens after eating, what should I do to prevent the blaotedness, breathlessness?

I'm 33 weeks pregnant and have gerd, usually happens after eating, what should I do to prevent the blaotedness, breathlessness?

Small meals: Your options during this sensitive time are limited. Other than to optimize diet to reduce stomach volume and improve its emptying. Small frequent fat-reduced meals may satisfy hunger, calorie needs, and reduce distress, but no eating before bedtime please. ...Read more

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27 weeks pregnant. Historyof GERD and gastritis. Latelyi regurgitate into my mouth. Usually liquids food occasionally. Dangerous? How do I stop this?

27 weeks pregnant. Historyof GERD and gastritis. Latelyi regurgitate into my mouth. Usually liquids food occasionally. Dangerous? How do I stop this?

Lifestye.: Many things should help suh as small frequent meals, avoiding spicy foods, mint. Sitting up after meals. When I was pregnant I tried to stick with things that were not too bad coming back. :). ...Read more

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What are the normal discomforts of a 36weeks pregnant with gerd? It freaks me when im having breathlessness, cold hands&feet feeling that I have to burp

What are the normal discomforts of a 36weeks pregnant with gerd? It freaks me when im having breathlessness, cold hands&feet feeling that I have to burp

Hang in there!: You're almost done! Gerd symptoms with pregnancy are no different from anyone else with progressive ; atypical dyspepsia. The difference is what drugs you can (or not) safely take. Avoid foods ; behavior that delay stomach emptying ;/or relax the lower esophageal sphincter--spicy, greasy food, mints, alcohol, tobacco, chocolate, tomato-based products, caffeinated ; fizzy drinks. No bedtime snacks. ...Read more

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I'm 33 weeks pregnant and feeling breathless and dizzy. Feel relieved if I burped. My ob said its gerd. Need to know if these are normal.

I'm 33 weeks pregnant and feeling breathless and dizzy. Feel relieved if I burped. My ob said its gerd. Need to know if these are normal.

Possibly: It's very easy to feel winded at 33 weeks of pregnancy. A doctor would want to make sure that you don't have any conditions like asthma that could be exacerbating. It's also normal to burp a lot more towards the end of pregnancy. Reflux is often described as a burning or pain like sensation just below the breastbone. Zantac (ranitidine) or Pepcid can help. ...Read more

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