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Acid reflux during pregnancy. Took tums, gaviscon. Medication to reduce it?

Hi there.. im 26 weeks pregnant and have suffered before and during pregnancy with really bad acid reflux .. i have been told tums and gaviscon at the starting.. now that i am further along is there anything else i can take?? i litterally throw up acid and don t want to eat anymore.. i use to be on nexium 40mg/day.. now tums,,, its just not cutting it. please help!! thank you soooooo much in advance!
Asked On : Thu, 21 Mar 2013
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Since you are 26 wks pregnant and suffering from Reflux I would advice you following :
you should try the following:

1. Eat several small meals each day instead of three large ones.
2.Eat slowly.
3.Avoid fried, spicy, or rich foods, or any foods that seem to cause relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter and increase the risk of heartburn.
4. Drink less while eating. Drinking large amounts while eating may increase the risk of acid reflux and heartburn.
5. Don't lie down directly after eating.
6.Keep the head of your bed higher than the foot of your bed. Or place pillows under your shoulders to help prevent stomach acids from rising into your chest.
7.Wear loose-fitting clothing. Tight-fitting clothes can increase the pressure on your stomach and abdomen.
8. Avoid constipation.
9.Chewing gum.reduction in acidic reflux has been documented in patients who chewed sugar-free gum for 30 minutes after a meal.
10. if nothing works and you are in distress H2 blockers like Zantac, Pepcid and Tagamet are effective. While they are absorbed into the bloodstream, studies have not revealed any adverse effects on the developing fetus.

i hope this will help

best wishes
Answered: Thu, 21 Mar 2013
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