What can I do about acid reflux during pregnancy?

By | December 16, 2017
What can I do about acid reflux during pregnancy?

Pregnancy would not be pregnancy without heartburn. You can’t find a pregnant woman without antacids in her purse, because it’s just a normal part of pregnancy, and it typically goes away after you deliver. Some women just have a mild case of it and others experience more severe symptoms. If you’ve never experienced heartburn before, it just feels like burning in the chest or in your throat. Sometimes it can make it difficult to swallow, and you may also have a little bit of a raspy voice or a cough to go along with it. If you’ve noticed any of these symptoms and weren’t aware that it’s heartburn, talk with your doctor. And after asking you more specific questions about what you’re experiencing, they can tell you if it is indeed acid reflux or not.

There are some medications that a doctor can prescribe to help with reflux. And there’s 4 main types to help reduce the amount of stomach acid that you have that’s coming back up your esophagus. And they all work in slightly different ways, and so a woman might try one, and if it doesn’t work, her doctor may recommend another type, and then they can continue to determine if other types are warranted in order to help the woman feel more comfortable.

There are some other things you can do that don’t involve medication at all. For example, if you lay down within 3 hours after eating, you’re more likely to have problems with reflux. You can also try sleeping with the head of your bed elevated by either using pillows or actually changing the incline of your bed so that you’re slightly raised when you sleep. Tight-fitting clothes can actually increase the chance of having acid reflux as well. So when you’re pregnant, everything just feels tight, but if you feel like it might be your clothes that are constricting your stomach a little bit more, see if you can do something about that. That might help with your symptoms. The foods we eat can also contribute to reflux. And so if you’re having a problem with it, stay away from chocolate (which is really sad), also colas, coffee, citrus, and fatty foods. They can all contribute to it, and I suggest cutting one out at a time for a few days and seeing if that makes a difference in how you feel.

Again, if these remedies aren’t helping, or if your doctor has prescribed a medication that doesn’t seem to be working, talk with them again, and they’ll determine if another type of intervention is warranted. Good luck with everything, and if you have more questions in the future for me, feel free to ask them on our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/IntermountainMoms, and recommend us to your friends and family too.

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