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HELLISH heartburn and only 18weeks :(

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badguider Sat 06-Apr-13 20:13:36

First pregnancy and I've got the worst heartburn ever and I'm only 18 weeks. Everything I've read indicates this is more of a late pregnancy issue and can only get worse... is that true?

Because I haven't really been able to eat anything today, or drink a hot drink. And I've started to realise that my first trimester nausea just sort of morphed into this heartburn via a few weeks of burping and feeling like I needed to burp.

Got a MW appt (my delayed 16wk appt) tomorrow so will ask there but basically I'm just really scared. I don't even really have a bump yet and already I can't eat for heartburn, what's it goign to be like when the baby grows!!!???

Springforward Tue 16-Apr-13 20:13:33

Ta - am waiting on GP appt now!

BedHanger Sun 14-Apr-13 08:38:06

Spring - you can buy ranitidine in Tesco and sainsburys for £1 a packet. I've never had a problem doing so. Maybe try 75mg twice a day for a few days to see if it helps? If it does but not completely, the full dose is 150mg twice a day (300mg all together).

No GP will prescribe anything in pregnancy without first warning you that trials cannot be performed on pregnant women and that therefore nothing can be guaranteed safe. However, my own research reassured me that ranitidine has been used for many years by pregnant women with no apparent harm.

My GP asked me to wait till I got till 12 weeks to start taking it.

I would definitely recommend speaking to your GP about getting a prescription just in case there is something in your personal medical history that would counter-indicate. More importantly, even at £1 a packet it get expensive! Far better to get the 150mg tablets on prescription FREE!

Are you using liquids gaviscon or the tablets? Liquid is much more effective. Your GP can also prescribe liquid Gaviscon Advance, which is prohibitively expensive. Non of the supermarket own brand versions come close IMO.

Springforward Sat 13-Apr-13 22:36:23

Inspired by this thread I tried to buy ranitidine over the counter today but the pharmacist refused and asked me to see my GP instead. Am going to book an appointment to see what GP says as I am currently using gaviscon after every meal and at bedtime and am still waking up at night.... Are most GPs quite relaxed about prescribing it?

PregnantPain Fri 12-Apr-13 16:27:33

You can get it from your chemist*

PregnantPain Fri 12-Apr-13 16:27:20

Peptac, it's great and does the exact same job as gaviscon. I paid £3.20 for a big 500ml bottle.

popebenedictsp45 Fri 12-Apr-13 16:23:46

I was prescribed with omaprazole. It was amazing, I was heartburn free for the rest of my pregnancy.

Badgerwife Fri 12-Apr-13 07:25:20

I'm 30 weeks and had the most terrible heartburn for the last couple of weeks, to the point where a glass of water would trigger a severe attack, it didn't help that I was coughing my lungs out.

In the end I had to really look at my diet and cut out a lot of stuff, like chocolate, tomatoes, onions, citrus fruit, all caffeine anything with mint apart from the rennies. Also, try to not lie down after eating for a good 2 hours, that made a huge difference for me at bedtime.

I found Gaviscon useless compared to Rennie, and I personally prefer chewy tablets than liquid, the liquid texture feels like boggies or jizz and totally makes me gag! blush

Mummysaysno Fri 12-Apr-13 02:08:12

It's ranitidine I'm ob is very happy to prescribe anything, and fourth time round I'm more aware of what is debilitating (heartburn) that I can deal with through medication as this is a marathon not a sprint. First time round I would only drink milk to help and slept sitting up straight every night ...resulting in awful back pain.

I did read the leaflet with the tablets but didn't google further. For now it's one less thing to feel crappy about, and I'm sleeping much better.

BedHanger Thu 11-Apr-13 22:19:00

I had terrible heartburn from 6 weeks to delivery with DS2 I'm afraid. I was on ranitidine from 12 weeks, alongside great swigs of gaviscon. I've heard that omeprazole is better (I still had some heartburn even with both ranitidine and gaviscon) but my GP was very reluctant to prescribe. Overly so IMO.

KirstyoffEastenders Thu 11-Apr-13 21:50:23

I have this at 5 weeks and I was hoping it would go away soon but it's just getting worse sad

BabyRuSh Thu 11-Apr-13 07:56:17

I used the gaviscon tablets. I think it was actifast? Pink and white. It works really well. Went through 1-2 large packs a week!

Mummysaysno Thu 11-Apr-13 07:50:04

I had tablets prescribed by my doctor..I was waking every couple of hours in the night taking more antacid, so not sleeping well. Now I take two tablets a is amazing!

Springforward Wed 10-Apr-13 20:19:44

I am a little bit in love with the liquid aniseed gaviscon as it lets me sleep! Mine began at 16 weeks and nausea didn't stop until 22.... Avoiding fatty or rich foods also helps, ditto citrus. Sleeping propped up on cushions helps when things get very bad.

Fakebook Wed 10-Apr-13 17:56:41

Hot hot hot milk worked for me last time, or suck on some mint sweets. Boots indigestion tablets were good for during the day too.

fatandlumpy Wed 10-Apr-13 15:49:59

I want to have sex with the guy (or girl!) who first formulated those gaviscon double action tablets.

Their very existence mean I can sleep at night smile

(24 weeks today!)

upanddown83 Wed 10-Apr-13 11:41:58

34weeks pregnant here and I have a prescription of liquid gaviscon from docs on repeat as from around 20weeks have been crippled with heartburn. I find the liquid is best for me as it works quickly and also help bring up my wind which is just lovely when in company! I always carry a bottle if gaviscon in my bag and it's now a running joke in the chemist when I go in - oh quick lets get the biggest bottles of gaviscon out upanddown is here! So my advice is find something that works and stick with it doc has offered other alternatives but I enjoy a good swig of gaviscon pre and post eating anything!

PickleSarnie Mon 08-Apr-13 22:15:25

The second time around, I had heartburn from the moment I wee'd on the stick practically.

Omeprazole was my saviour. Utterly amazing.

claudedebussy Mon 08-Apr-13 20:41:03

i have used:

gaviscon (useless)
zantac - good
tums - ok
rennies - ok
omeprazole - excellent

milk is really not good if you have really bad heartburn. it temporarily douses the acid but stimulates more to be produced to deal with the fatty milk.

atrcts Mon 08-Apr-13 20:37:40

I had terrible heartburn at around 18-20 weeks, treated with gaviscon but it wasn't 100% and I had to keep taking the stuff. However, I stopped eating citrus/spicy/fatty food late at night and its calmed down beautifully.

So it can be sporadic - hope yours is so you get some rest from it!

Excited85 Mon 08-Apr-13 20:06:44

I've been crippled with this all afternoon at work :-( am only 12 weeks. Just wanted to curl up in a ball and cry!! Oh the joys

Twinklestarstwinklestars Mon 08-Apr-13 12:00:37

Mine has just started at 25 weeks, the gaviscon tablets are the only thing that seems to work on mine. I was up half the night last night as was out of tablets.

MisselthwaiteManor Mon 08-Apr-13 11:53:42

Same here, it started about 18 weeks but went after a week or two. Its coming back now at 27 weeks but not as bad and only at night.

badguider Sat 06-Apr-13 21:32:35

I've got rennies thanks.
Good to hear from cyclecamper that it might not necessarily be with me constantly from now on.

cyclecamper Sat 06-Apr-13 20:52:35

At 18 weeks I had really awful heartburn. Since about 25 weeks it's been a bit more intermittant - some days horrible, but some days almost gone. I prefer normal peppermint rennies.

FirstUpBestDressed Sat 06-Apr-13 20:33:19

I had heartburn from my missed period with my three...I didn't bother poas with the second and third.
I found gaviscon liquid the best remedy.
I did take rennies etc but was told they can cause a rebound acid so stuck to a having a bottle of gaviscon in my bag.wink

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