Baby Hints & Tips

Reflux in Pregnancy

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Reflux occurs in two thirds of all pregnant women and can be very unpleasant!

General tips

  • Eat small meals, eat slowly and don’t eat within a few hours of bed time
  • Avoid trigger foods eg chocolate, juice, spicy food, fatty foods.
  • Avoid caffeine
  • Elevate your head on pillows to sleep
  • Wear loose clothes
  • Bend at the knees, not at the waist

Medications

Category B1: (taken by a small number of pregnant women, considered safe.)

  • Always try non medicated methods first and take the lowest effective dose.
  • Antacids (eg Mylanta) – don’t take within 2 hours of iron tablets.
  • Ranitidine (Zantac) and similar medications

Category B3 (Medications only studied in animals,, showing no risk. Only use in consultation with a Dr.)

  • Omeprazole(Losec) and similar medications

Tips from other parents:

  • Mylanta, quickeze, milk. U can get tablets from the doc on a script, they work wonders and don’t harm baby at all!
  • And tums is another one
  • fruit tingles!
  • little bit bicarb soda in water works a treat to!
  • milk
  • Nothing seems to really work. i have tried everything πŸ™ only thing that helps is being sick which i hate doing. driving me absolutely crazy!
  • rennie tablets worked for me. milk as well.
  • Ok have u tried a piece of bread? It sounds useless but believe me it works. I suffer from reflux and heartburn and i know how u feeling, but a piece of bread soaks the acid up. Then try some milk to neutralise ya stomach. i suffer all the time pregnant or not. I know how u feel
  • it happened with me all the time with my twins tried quick eze?
  • Loved tums:-)
  • keep off acidic foods, drink milk/yoghurt, prop yourself up on pillows at night to sleep…linked to hormones and weakening of valve to oesophgus also lack of space so stomach acid gets pushed up – its foul i had it as well…take a probiotic to help settle gut bacteria will also benefit your twins!!
  • Rennie was my saviour πŸ˜‰
  • lived on rennies
  • Zantac can get it at safeway is safe for bubs I would take onemorning and night
  • Rennie & soda water!
  • Have 2 zantac after tea, wait a few hours after then take 2 rennie tabs. Avoid big meals,eat small often. Avoid excess fluids at night or with food. Avoid acidic things like chilli,tomato,orange, lemon,coffee,coke etc after lunch time or if… very severe dont have them at all. Try drinking milk in small amounts with meals to weaken stomach acids. Also if you get severe upper abdominal pain with this reflux or feel like your having a heart attack go straight to the hospital as you could have gallstones. I got them after having my son,with him i had alot of reflux and reflux med’s. My stones have passed since but this pregnancy i still have severe reflux and sometimes choke in my sleep on vomit. I hate it. Lose alot of potential sleep over it, including right now grr. Only 2 weeks til i have more room in there lol πŸ™‚
  • Nothing πŸ™ just know that magically as soon as you give birth it is gone straight away!
  • Zantac is safe and works so so well!

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  1. AvatarKristan says:

    In my first pregnancy (twins), I ended up keeping a bottle of gaviscon next to my bed and taking swigs – continual reflux! I’m now >39 weeks with my third, and this time has been no where near as bad, just a few evenings of discomfort and NONE while I’m trying to sleep. One thing I think has helped has been taking a flaxseed oil capsule before bed each night. I’m not 100% sure, but when I ran out of these for a few days, that is when I started to get reflux. Started taking them again, none.

  2. AvatarVanessa says:

    I found lemonade helped. I drank lemonade (e.g) almost everyday from about 20 weeks πŸ™‚

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