Tips On Heartburn Treatment For Pregnant Women

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 can be particularly painful for pregnant women.Indigestion and heartburn are debilitating problems for anyone, but they can be particularly painful for pregnant women.

It can be hard to be sure what you can take for heartburn when you are pregnant, because so many medicines and home remedies are contraindicated, especially in the earlier stages of pregnancy.

The Symptoms of Heartburn

Before you start taking heartburn remedies, it is important that you learn to identify the condition so that you can be sure it really is heartburn that you have. Indigestion can occur at any point during pregnancy, but it tends to be more severe from the 27th week onwards.

Heartburn is a burning sensation that is created when acid passes up from the stomach into the oesophagus. It is usually accompanied by an uncomfortable or heavy feeling, gas, nausea and bloating.

Heartburn is more common in women who have a history of suffering from indigestion, and in women who have had more than one pregnancy.It is a good idea to discuss the symptoms with your doctor or midwife, so that they can help you find a good treatment, especially if you suffer from recurring symptoms.

Treating Heartburn With Medication

Treating Heartburn With MedicationIf you have severe heartburn, then your doctor may recommend that you take medication.

There are a few different kinds of medication for heartburn that a pregnant woman can usually take safely, they include:

Antacids

Antacids are the most common treatment for heartburn and indigestion. These work by neutralising your stomach acid so that it does not irritate the mucosa in your digestive system. Antacids are a popular treatment for all kinds of indigestion symptoms, not just heartburn.

Alginates

Alginates work by creating a barrier that sits on top of the contents of your stomach, preventing acid reflux. The barrier stops stomach acid leaking up into your oesophagus.

Alginates are very popular with pregnant womenSometimes, antacids and alginates are combined into a single tablet.

Alginates are very popular with pregnant women and are effective at controlling the symptoms of acid reflux in many people.

Before purchasing over the counter medications for heartburn, speak to your pharmacist and tell them that you are pregnant. Not all medications are suitable for pregnant women. Be sure to follow the directions on the label carefully, and only take the medications in accordance with your doctor’s instructions.

In some cases, you may be told to take the tablets before bed or before you eat a meal, even if you are not suffering from heartburn at that moment in time. Note that antacids can hinder your body’s ability to absorb iron. Therefore, if you are taking them on a regular basis you may be advised to start taking iron supplements alongside them.

You should take your iron supplements either two hours before, or two hours after, your antacids to ensure that the iron is absorbed correctly.There are stronger acid suppressing medications that are considered safe for use by pregnant women. They include ranitidine and omeprazole. These medications are usually prescribed for very severe heartburn.

Ranitidine is generally side-effect free, so is the go-to drug of many doctors, while omeprazole is a one-a-day drug that has some risk of side effects, including headaches, nausea, and diarrhoea. Your doctor will probably recommend you try other treatments before omeprazole.

Lifestyle Changes to Conquer Heartburn

Lifestyle Changes to Conquer HeartburnNot all heartburn and indigestion needs treatment through prescription or over-the-counter medication.

In many cases, simple diet and lifestyle changes can control heartburn, especially early in your pregnancy.

Before you try taking medication, keep a food diary and consider what is causing the heartburn to occur.

Eliminating certain foods from your diet may help control the condition. Spicy foods, in particular, can cause heartburn. Another thing to consider is alcohol. Cutting down on your alcohol consumption is a good idea during pregnancy.

Drinking a small amount of alcohol (one or two units per week) is considered safe during pregnancy, but exceeding that amount of alcohol consumption could harm your unborn child.

Heavy alcohol consumption may contribute to your heartburn too. Smoking is also thought to contribute to indigestion.The chemicals contained in cigarettes cause the muscle at end of your oesophagus to relax, making you more prone to suffering from acid reflux.

Speak to your doctor about smoking cessationSmoking also increases the risk of your baby being born underweight, and increases the likelihood of sudden infant death syndrome.Speak to your doctor about smoking cessation advice and assistance.

Heartburn can sometimes be caused by prescription medications such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and antidepressants.

If you are taking prescription medication and are concerned that it is contributing to your heartburn, speak to your doctor and ask them if they can offer an alternative prescription, or alter your dose to help you control your heartburn.

Do not simply stop taking medication without asking your doctor for advice first. Sudden cessation of prescription medications can be very dangerous.

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