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Reflux medications during pregnancy

You may not be able to help me as it is myself that has reflux not my child. I am currenlty on medication for it and I have tried to take 1/2 strength tablets or none at all and It come`s back with a vengence. It is painful, uncomforatble and sickening. I am hoping to become pregnant again and will not be able to take any medication. I was wondering if there was a natural approach to this condition?? I have had tests done and have no answer as to why I should have it...
Thanks for your help...

Answer: Hi there I suffered from chronic reflux when I was pregnant and found the following helped me. I used to have antacid tablets, similar to mylanta tablets, these I used to eat like lollies. But this is an instant help and doesn’t last long. I’m not sure if that would be safe during pregnancy though. YOu could talk to your pharmacist about the different over the counter medications for reflux, they should be able to give you some advice. A naturopath or other alternative therapist may also be able to help you, if you are interested in that avenue. Do you know if you are sensitive to any particular foods? A lot of people are cows’ milk / soy protein intolerant / allergic, and some also find the common allergy foods like wheat, gluten, peanuts, eggs also play a part. Dairy was a killer for me when I was pregnant, so I had to avoid it at all costs. Also having a lot of additives / preservatives also didn’t help. You could try avoiding these foods as they may cause reflux to flare: tomatoes, onions, citrus, apples, gassy vegetables, fatty / creamy foods, chocolate, caffeinated drinks (tea / coffee), spicy foods, wine, beer. (If you do have problems with any of these foods, it may be worth considering food intolerances and whether they play a role as this is also very common). It may mean reading labels on foods as even trace amounts can affect you, and also learning what other names are used as they can be disguised (eg whey is a milk potein). In this instance, it may help to get a book which will explain to you what the different things are, and/or it may be worth seeking some advice from a dietitian experienced in this area. It’s also really important to ensure your nutritional status is balanced, and that you are getting enough calcium too, especially as you are looking to get pregnant. Changing what you eat and how you cook it may help too. I hope this is some help to you, sometimes diet and total lifestyle changes play a huge part in dealing with reflux, plus taking the medication the correct way. I hope you have been given the correct instructions on how to manage your medication, but please check with your pharmacist if you aren’t sure. I know it’s hard and uncomfortable. Get your husband to put some bricks, telephone books or some other device under the head of your bed, so that you are raised up. Plus don’t go to bed straight after a meal, you need to wait at least 2 hours so that it has time to pass thru the system. If you are overweight, then perhaps trying to lose some weight would also help. I wanted to also mention that since reflux seems to be such a big problem for you, even while you aren’t pregnant, then perhaps the drs need to look further into it. Have you spoken to a gastroenterologist about your reflux and also about your wish to get pregnant? Have you had an endoscopy so they can determine if there is any damage to your gut? What about motility studies such as oesophageal manometry? How long have you suffered from reflux? All these things may be worth talking to a doctor about so they can take them into consideration. Are there any medications you can take while you are pregnant? Perhaps after the first trimester? It may also be worth talking to the Dr`s about that, so you can be more comfortable. Good luck, I hope everything goes well for you, and I hope that information helped. Marie
Answered: 01 Nov 2007