H2 Histamine Blockers hinder acid production by blocking or antagonizing the actions of histamine, a chemical found in the body that encourages acid secretion in the stomach. Generally, they take about 30 to 90 minutes to take effect, but the benefits will last many hours afterward. They are usually taken at bedtime and are available over the counter.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease occurs in up to 50% of pregnant women. As in the non-pregnant patients, reflux occurs when there is a decrease in lower esophageal sphincter pressure or an increase in intra-abdominal pressure. The two major factors that promote gastroesophageal reflux in pregnant women are changes in hormones and the growing fetus.…