I had always thought that heartburn was when you get sharp pains in your chest that come and go. At least that's the only kind I've had when I wasn't pregnant. This feels more like what I would consider acid reflux (based on what I've seen of that on commercials), where it feels like there is acidic vomit in the back of my throat that comes up a little when I burp or just at various times, but I don't feel like I'm going to actually vomit, if that makes sense. I had this with my first pregnancy and someone called it heartburn. I guess the old wives tale is that a lot of heartburn in pregnancy means that the baby will be born with a lot of hair. It was true the first time around. Anyway, is there anything I can take for it? Is this heartburn or something else? I have it all the time, but I don't remember it starting this early in my first pregnancy. I am 24 weeks and it started a few weeks ago.
It is acid reflux. Pepcid AC or Zantac (zantac is best) will work to calm that. I just drink some milk, if it doesn't go away I will take tums - then if it still doesn't work I will just stick with 3 25 mg tablets of zantac. My doc told me to take 3 of them because alot of insurances won't cover the prescription and the OTC zantac is made weaker. So 3 over the counter zantac = 1 prescription strength zantac 75. Hope this helps.
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Thank you! I didn't think heartburn was the right term and didn't want to treat the wrong condition or make it worse. I get it after anything I eat or drink, even water, and it lasts all day long. It's more annoying than anything. It doesn't hurt, just makes me not want to eat anything because nothing tastes good the second time around...LOL! I will try the Zantac. Thanks!
I used Tums as well.. you can get the kind with calcium in them.. so if your not a milk drinker which I am not then it a good way to beat the burn in the back of your throat and increase your calcium intake.. mine went away right after birth..
Married DH - February 10, 2004 DD Avery Born - November 23, 2004
I'll have to get some Tums too, although I hate the way they taste. I guess it's better than tasting my food twice, though. Yuck! I'm not a big milk drinker, but I supplement with yogurt, milkshakes, ice cream, cheese, etc. Thanks for the advice. It stopped right after my daughter was born the first time around, but I'm only 24 weeks and need to take something the rest of this pregnancy.