You'll be able to get Gaviscon on prescription from your GP/MW - or even, in my case, just from the clinic reception! Rennies are also safe. I also found milky things helpful - I ate loads of mini-milks
I'm 18 weeks right now and suffering heart burn. If you go to the GP they can prescribe big bottles which you'll get free with the maternity exemption card (passing on wisdom shared with me a few weeks ago ). Apparently Gaviscon isn't advised by GP's during pg due to high sodium content so I have a different brand. Having said that, the Gaviscon bottle says it's fine to take during pg. Hope you feel better soon!
thanks, have yet to see my midwife, and don't think I can take any more of it. Will get some 2moz. I've kinda found, can't eat spicy foods which being asain (sp?) does not help!! But does anyone else find when they are sick it makes it worse, or is just me.
I am pregnant with DC 2 and dreading the return of heartburn. I suffered really badly with it where I would be in so much pain- I was in the end prescribed ranatadine by the midwives. I was bit unsure at first as had not taken any other meds in pregnancy with DC1 however I was desperate for relief- it really did help me. I learnt that spicy food, greasy food, fish and meat too often triggered it. Not good when I had a massive craving for ikea meatballs which led to the worst heartburn ever I still can't stomach the thought of them...you have my sympathy.
Culled from "What to expect when you're expecting" and very helpful for me...
Drinking and eating at the same time can aggravate indigestion Wear loose clothing. Avoid anything tight that presses in on the stomach. Eat slowly Eat less and often rather than overloading your stomach. Sitting up relieves heartburn. Lying down after eating really aggravates it. When I get heartburn during the night I find sitting up for a bit helps.
I HATE Gaviscon and found the tablets did nothing. I take Rennie fruit ones and it stops almost straight away but may come back later. You can have up to 18 tablets a day and I have never needed more than 4 or 5. I also drink lots of milk which helps but heartburn is a pain in the butt. Try to not eat normal size meal as I find I get half way through and am sick so complete waste of food, do better with smaller snack like meals.
I had awful, almost constant heartburn with DS and have had it badly this time too.
- Gaviscon, the super-strength pharmacy/prescription giant bottle. It works (up to a point). I found the peppermint one better than the aniseed one. The aniseed one made me worse because the taste made me gag.
- sleep on your left side. Your stomach is on the left side of your body and your oesophagus runs roughly down the centre, the feeling of heartburn is caused by acid escaping the stomach and seeping into the oesophagus. If you sleep on your left it puts your stomach lower than your oesophagus and gravity helps lessen the burn (the baby pressing will still push some up but not as much). Sleeping on your right does the opposite.
- use pillows to prop yourself up in bed or, if your OH doesn't mind (aka, don't give him a choice), use blocks to prop up the head of the bed. It doesn't have to be a massive height, just an inch or two will make a difference.
- learn what your "trigger" foods are. I find that chocolate, anything greasy, and citrus are guaranteed to trigger my heartburn so I avoid them where I can although I do have to give in to cravings sometimes!
- avoid eating after 8-9pm (depending on what time you go to bed).
- eat little and often rather than big, belly-busting meals.
If it gets worse then see your GP for some Ritidine, it magical stuff that zaps heartburn.