Heartburn: Safe Remedies

Safe Remedies

Lifestyle & Diet Management SAFE

Altering your diet or adjusting your lifestyle should be the first thing you try when looking to manage your pregnancy heartburn.

Antacids SAFE

Antacids can provide fast, safe relief for your pregnancy heartburn. In fact, for up to 50% of pregnant women, an antacid is all they'll need to ease their heartburn symptoms.

If you're pregnant, avoid antacids containing sodium bicarbonate, as they may not be a safe option. Also be sure to take antacids at a different time than you take iron supplements.

Calcium Carbonate Antacids SAFE +

If you take a calcium carbonate based antacid like TUMS®, you get safe heartburn relief with the added bonus of calcium. When you're pregnant you need as much as 1,300mg of elemental calcium per day. Unfortunately, 90% of women don't get enough calcium in their childbearing years, and prenatal vitamins don't supply nearly enough. The good news is that the calcium in TUMS® has been shown to help reduce the risk of pre-eclampsia (sometimes called toxemia), especially in women with low calcium intake.

The benefits of a calcium supplement are not limited to pregnancy. Since the average American woman is likely to be calcium deficient before and after pregnancy, continued use of a product like TUMS® is a great way to supplement your every day calcium needs.

H2 Blockers CAUTION

In animal studies, H2 blockers don't appear to show a risk to the baby. However there aren't enough studies on the humans to safely say that H2 blockers pose no risk to your baby. They should not be used without a doctor's recommendation.

PPI WARNING

Most of the time, using a PPI is avoided when pregnant. However, if your heartburn can't be controlled any other way, your doctor may recommend one.

Do not use Prilosec®, generic or store-brand PPIs containing omeprazole if you are pregnant, or thinking about it. Omeprazole has been shown to have a direct affect on a baby before it's born, and is not considered a safe treatment of pregnancy heartburn.

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