HeartburnHelp! My chest is on fire!
Heartburn is a very common complaint among pregnant women. Usually, heartburn is not dangerous and will go away after the baby is born. More than half of all pregnant women will experience some form of heartburn during their pregnancy. Heartburn is also known as acid indigestion or acid reflux and occurs when stomach contents come up from the stomach. This causes a burning feeling in the esophagus and chest area and can become quite painful. Sometimes you may even experience a sour, acidic taste in your mouth.
Because of changing hormone levels, an enlarged uterus and a relaxed lower esophageal sphincter, pregnant women are prone to develop heartburn. You are more likely to experience heartburn in the second and third trimester, but heartburn can be a problem at any point of the pregnancy. In the later stages of pregnancy, your large uterus will push stomach contents into your esophagus and heartburn may become worse.
To avoid heartburn, you should:
- Avoid eating quickly.
- Eat several small meals every day.
- Do not eat fried foods.
- Avoid spicy foods.
- Avoid tomato products.
- Limit or avoid chocolate.
- Don`t eat mustard or vinegar.
- Sit up straight instead of slouching.
- Stay awake after you eat rather than lying down.
- Use pillows to elevate your head and chest while sleeping.
- Drink milk.
- TUMS are safe during pregnancy.
- Avoid caffeine, carbonated drinks and alcohol.
- Avoid acidic foods and juices.
- Do not gain an unnecessary amount of weight.
Sometimes heartburn is not able to be prevented and can become quite bothersome. If your heartburn continues, talk to your caregiver about medications that are safe to take during pregnancy.
Old wives tale
there's an old wives tale that links heartburn to babies with hair on their heads.Comments: Heartburn
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746 days ago.
I'm having heartburn conditions too. This is my second pregnancy but I never had any of this during my first. I don't want to drink any medications as it might affect my child. Thanks for this tips. Mzmommyche
836 days ago.
Heartburn and indigestion are more common during the third trimester because the growing uterus puts pressure on the intestines and the stomach. The pressure on the stomach may also push contents back up into the esophagus.
What can you do to treat heartburn during pregnancy?
Preventing heartburn is the best way to deal with it! Here are some helpful hints to avoid heartburn:
Eat five to six smaller meals throughout the day rather than three large meals
Wait an hour after eating to lie down
Avoid spicy, greasy and fatty foods
836 days ago.
Tips ladies, drink a glass of milk or take tums, both will help! veronicanewmommy
1263 days ago.
An old wives tales says heartburn is linked to too much hair in babies head...i wonder if it's true...here's my story..my mom had a total of 9 children..I'm #9 :-) and she said of all of her kids one of them my brother gave her lots and lots of heartburn..the worse...and he is the only one with the most hair on he's entire body!! He is hairy like a monkey... Interesting story..I am having the worst heartburn, not cool!!! hayley256162
1340 days ago.
hi guys my name is hayley....this is my second pregnancy and i am now 15 weeks pregnant and i am suffering with really bad heartburn, it keeps me up at night and i feel really sick with it too.
someone told me to eat an ice lolly but i dont know whether this is true or not.
anyone help?? maturemum
1448 days ago.
ladies im with you on this.....4th pregnancy and never had this before. am 28 wks pregnant with a boy......its awful coz u cant pinpoint where the pain is and nothing gives u relief. had moment ofrelief with fruit rennies but its not long term....gggrrrr sarisa
1459 days ago.
I'm 34 wks pregnant this week and I have had the most horrid rancid rotten heartburn this time around with pregnancy than I ever thought possible. I have tried almost everything I can think of from vinegar to cold water to milk to just anything that I have read that could calm heartburn.
I've also taken otc stuff such as tums and maalox since my OB told me to try those I've also been told to take prilosec which I did, and I was also prescribed zofram to stop my nausea since the heartburn is so awful it causes me to be sick and NOTHING stays down. I have to say I had relief while taking prilosec but it's back... so nothing this pregnancy has worked nor will anything work.
I'm miserable and just want this little boy out! I want to be able to have an hour sleep again without having to run to the bathroom and be sick because my heartburn said so. listeal
1460 days ago.
Is anybody else in a constant state of just feeling bad? My stomach always feels like it's upset and I just want to throw up. loveinprogress
1533 days ago.
I'm seven weeks pregnant and have terrible heartburn, my doctor prescribed Zantac and it helps. What i also do to help the problem is to eat papaya and pineapple they work like a charm: they have digestive juices which helps. smm18
1596 days ago.
I had bad heartburn with my first baby and I was very surprised when she came out with a full head of hair! It was so thick and dark, and I got compliments for it for weeks! I'm hoping that the heartburn I'm getting this time will get my child lots of hair again. nutty-mad-blonde
1669 days ago.
i have tried somuch to get rid of heart burn but the best thing i have found is gaviscon the liquid was the best but the tablets are easier to put in ure bag mybabyismyheart
1669 days ago.
Wanted to update and let everyone know my OB prescribed ACIPHEX and it is the cure all for heartburn/acid...that goodness! mybabyismyheart
1678 days ago.
Help! Help! Help! I am unable to keep much of anything down for these past two weeks. I've been plagued with vomiting and sinus issues...I had to be rushed to the ER Thursday and for a common cold at that. The OB gave me a Pepcid-RX but that only helps a bit, I am a my wits end and need some advice please!!! leamerre
1682 days ago.
I'm 31 weeks pregnant & Just spent the night in the emergency room (& DH was out of town) for bad chest pains that wouldn't go away that turned out to be bad reflux. It didn't burn or put a sour taste in my mouth...just tight chest & painful enough to wake me up in the middle of the night. Glad everything is ok with me and my baby boy but what a scare! I wouldn't have guessed heartburn! csimonds
1698 days ago.
I'm 12 weeks pregnant, and I just started having what I think is heartburn a couple weeks ago...it was so bad, I woke up, gagged, threw up, and had dry heaves. I have this awful feeling of something choking me all the time, and now I've developed a constant swallowing-air feeling. I'm about to go nuts! I really, really hope it goes away soon. If I have to deal with this for the rest of the pregnancy, I don't know what I will do! And it doesn't help that all of my favorite foods are apparently acidic. :( I'm gonna try some of the remedies listed on this forum, I hope they work! And for everybody else suffering, I hope something works for you too! luckynumberseven
1758 days ago.
Try apple cider vinegar. It tastes awful but it works. Just take a couple tablespoons before you eat or when you feel the heartburn starting. I have been using it for a couple years and it has really helped me. To make it sort of fun I put mine in a shot glass, somehow this helps it go down a little easier.lol sydbabe
1830 days ago.
Lol, i had to laugh when i read the oldwives tale about the babys hair giving you heartburn, with both of my boys had SEVERE heartburn, and they were both bald!!! haha im having bad heartburn with this pregnancy as well, and im expecting a bald baby again Lissie****
1880 days ago.
I take about 4 tums and it really helped me missyv28 (pink)
1881 days ago.
Elenez is there any particular type of almonds like salted vs unsalted? I'm living off of milk now it seems because nothing else works but if try the almonds I just want to know which ones to get or if it matters just as long as they are almonds. Ps I HATE milk haha elenez
1881 days ago.
Ladies! - you've gotta try this! - I'm now on week 37 and since around week 26 I was the same as many of you, my heartburn got so bad that even water and antacid prescribed by my doctor were giving me heartburn - so horrilbe that the feeling was creeping up all the way up my chest and neck and round the back of my head. I was being sick every night and getting really worried that I wasn't giving the baby enough food. - I looked up all the remedies and tried everything and I've inally found the cure for me - its so simple ALMONDS! ~ I eat a few when I wake up and then munch on them throughout the day - I can even eat meals now without begin sick! - not big ones but small is better than nothing! - I still suffer a bit if I eat late at night but I think thats just because my stomach has shrunk so much - I can't begin to tell you the difference these little nuts have made to my life! - I had to post it on a forum because I know how horrible heartburn can be and wanted to share this little miracle cure with you - hope it works for you too! goddess27
1914 days ago.
I have heart burn so bad now it makesbme afraid to eat anything because I know what is coming ! even water gives me heart burn . I've had it with each and every pregnancy and by far this one is the worst! I even Carry tums with me everywhere go at times it is so bad I throw up because of it! well atleast tums have calcium in them that is one possitive thing out of it WishForOwens
1914 days ago.
I get heartburn the worst when I don't eat for stretches. When it started, it did not even feel like heartburn, just bad chest pains. Strange. Now I'm starting to get it everyday. The only thing that helps is Zantac 75 and Tums. Works great when I catch it in time! jenakatessa
1924 days ago.
im just over 24 weeks...and i have NEVER experienced heartburn like this in my life...its like an acidy feeling in my throat and chest..and it hurts. When i drink ANYTHING i feel ike its going to come right up, its been constant for like 3 days and I just want it to go away. I take tums,,,,and thats it...i dont trust anything else. I dont even take anything for a headache....too scared it will go to baby Mama-of-2boys
1950 days ago.
I feel the same way, I can drink milk, eat small meals, take tums whatever and nothing gets rid of it. I cant sleep because I'm up peeing every 5 mins plus with heartburn from the darkest part of hell haha. I have one more week left so I guess I can deal with it. Nothing I have tried has worked for me at all. Guess its just one of those things. missemma
1951 days ago.
My heartburn is killing me. I'm nearly 38 weeks pregnant and I just can't stop throwing up cause it's so bad. Doesn't matter what I eat or drink or the medications I take. Nothing helps it at all. Hopefully the baby comes like tomorrow so this hell will be gone.