Six Things To Consider For Heartburn Relief During Pregnancy
With heartburn and other digestion issue being such a problem during pregnancy, it may be second nature to grab for the first bottle of tablets available, but the active ingredients may complicate the problems more than help, and in some cases be toxic to a little developing body. Know the best options before taking anything.
When heartburn is flaring up during pregnancy, this is due to the valves between the stomach and esophagus becoming overly relaxed, and allowing stomach acids to seep up. The best medicine are those that are both fast acting, and will not exacerbate the issue, by triggering the digestion process, and stimulating the stomach acids. There can be many factors to this, but most can be easily nullified by choosing the right medication.
Chewable Antacids With Calcium
Chewable antacids made from calcium carbonate are the best. These are safe, chewable, and fast acting, as well as offering calcium, which woman require during pregnancy. Chewables break up easily in saliva, and get right to the source to sooth the discomfort. And nothing’s easier on the stomach than calcium carbonate.
Magnesium hydroxide or magnesium oxide in tablet or liquid form should be the second choice, as this is also safe and fast acting. The benefit of a liquid is, it won’t require chewing, which triggers the digestive process, which can sometimes exacerbate the issue. Liquids flow right to the source. However, they do need to break down a bit to be affective.
Avoid antacids that list aluminum (such as aluminum hydroxide or aluminum carbonate), as they can cause constipation and are toxic in large doses.
Remedies containing aspirin (such as Alka-Seltzer) should also be avoided during pregnancy. Aspirin may be listed on a label as salicylate or acetylsalicylic acid.
Avoid Sodium Bicarbonate
Steer clear of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), which is sold as an antacid in tablet form, and sodium citrate. Both are high in sodium, which causes water retention.
Consult Your Prenatal Caregiver
If things persist, and the over-the-counter medications aren’t doing the trick, ask your prenatal caregiver for recommendations or a safe prescription.
Before taking any medication for heartburn in pregnancy, over-the-couter or otherwise, always be sure to know the active ingredients. If you’re unsure of anything, always consult your prenatal caregiver for advice. You don’t want to live with discomfort if you don’t have to, but you don’t want to complicate things either.