Hearburn Relief During Pregnancy

Updated on August 17, 2011
S.R. asks from Clinton, MO
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Before I found out I was pregnant two weeks ago I was taking the generic form of Prilosec everyday. I have stopped taking that, but my heartburn/acid reflux is so, so bad now. Some nights, like tonight, I could cry it hurts so bad. My OB has told me I can chew some Tums...but I have such bad acid reflux those have never helped me. With my last pregnancy sucking on hard cinnamon candy helped me but this time it just makes it worse. I can't even drink water.

Any suggestions will be appreciated.

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answers from San Francisco on

I kept a bottle of Mylanta (or was it Maalox?) next to my bed, peppermint flavored. it was so bad I had to sleep sitting up, but that liquid was more soothing than Tums.

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answers from Raleigh on

I have Barrett's Esophagus (gives horrible heartburn all of the time), and I am on generic protonix as nothing else helps. I would ask your OB or family doc to write you a prescription for them. My generics only cost me $8 through insurance, so it is cheaper than Prilosec (what I used to take as well but was told is not safe during pregnancy), and has worked so well, I plan to use it after I deliver too! You can also take Pepcid chewables for fast-acting relief. Good luck!

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answers from Kansas City on

My OB/GYN had me use Zantac 150 when I had extreme heartburn with my second and third pregnancies. It worked great and I felt so much better! I hope you find something that works because heartburn is the worst!!!

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answers from Wausau on

My second pregnancy I LOVED tacos and suffered from it! LOL! The only thing thing that helped with the reflux and heartburn were hard peppermint candies. Boy, did I have some great breath, since I always had to have one!! Good luck with the newest addition!


My second pregnancy I LOVED tacos and suffered from it! LOL! The only thing thing that helped with the reflux and heartburn were hard peppermint candies. Boy, did I have some great breath, since I always had to have one!! Good luck with the newest addition!


answers from Dallas on

EAT AN APPLE!!! I'm so serious. It gets rid of my heartburn every single dingle time. Even while prego. You probably have to eat the whole thing, but it works. Somehow it neutralizes the acid. My mom told me about it. She gets awful heartburn and she said sometimes only an apple can fix it. I'd never heard it before, so I tried it and it was shocking (to me at least!) how well it worked. I've suggested it to friends, and the ones who have tried have been amazed at how well it works too!


answers from Miami on

hi, aww poor you..i had bad hearburn in the last 3 weeks of my pregnancy. I took 2 TUMS everytime and it was gone within minutes. or drink a glass of milk I hope you feel better :)



answers from Dallas on

i took nexium while pregnant & it worked great!


answers from Dallas on

I had such a problem with that and would eat half a bottle of Tums every night, but it never helped.
I know lots of women who have said Shaklee's chewable cal-mag did the trick. One even used it to manage her labor pains. Let me know if you are interested.


answers from Jacksonville on

I'm surprised at the several posters who said that they ate peppermints for relief. My doctor (and things I have read, as well) say that peppermint makes it worse. It can settle an upset stomach, but as for heartburn/reflux: it is a relaxer...so it relaxes the muscles that are supposed to close that opening to keep the acid where it belongs. When that muscle is too relaxed..you get MORE reflux...hence peppermint=bad. :/

I would opt for the Zantac, personally.


answers from Stationed Overseas on

take Zantac, you can find it at any grocery, GNC, or Walmart. I took it when I was pregnant with both my kids because i had really bad acid reflux and heartburn. That was the only thing that helped. I took it twice a day. Once in the morning and once before I went to bed. And the drs said it's ok to take.



answers from Kansas City on

I took Prilosec during pregnancy and it was great! My husband is a pharmacist and I just asked him again if it was okay and he said it was, but then he said, oh wait, it might not be safe in all trimesters. So, I know that isn't much help, but I would ask your local pharmacist for a better answer. (my husband is only dealing with specialty drugs now and sometimes forgets the "everyday" stuff) I took it during the 3rd trimester, it was the only time I had heartburn, but I'd look into it if you already know it works for you.



answers from Tampa on

with my last 2 daughters I was on bedrest and my heartburn was so bad I was drinking Maalox like water. With my last daughter I was put in the trendelenburg (sp?) position - basically feet raised up high and head lowered down (think upside down LOL) in the hospital, while on Magnesium Sulfate (yes she was a 'brat' trying to come early LOL) and while on that the ONLY things I was allowed to ingest was my Maalox and ice chips.

Go with the Maalox - if that doesn't work ask your OB for a Zantac script

Good Luck



answers from Philadelphia on

Try vanilla Haagen Daz. I know it sounds weird, but that's what my midwives recommended and it helped.


answers from Chicago on

Oh, I'm so sorry! I suffered terribly with heartburn all 3 times I was pregnant. With the first two I was told I could only take Tums which did nothing. Finally with the third, I was told I could take Pepcid. It worked much better. Hang in there! I know how miserable it is.



answers from Kansas City on

One thing that helped me, oddly enough, was soy milk.
Oh, and ginger - even the pickled kind you get with sushi.

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