Q: My wife is pregnant and she has been suffering from a lot of heartburn. Why is this happening and what can she do? A: Assure your wife that she is not alone! Heartburn occurs in up to half of pregnant women. While it is usually mild, at times it can be very severe and treatment can be challenging. While heartburn in non-pregnant patients is typically easily treated with medications, it is still unclear just how safe these medications are to your developing baby. Causes of heartburn in pregnancy Reflux of acid from the stomach into the esophagus causes heartburn in pregnant women, just like in non-pregnant patients. Certain factors, however, make this more prevalent in pregnancy. First of all, the change in the levels of estrogen and progesterone during pregnancy work on the lower esophageal sphincter muscle between the stomach and esophagus, weakening it, and thereby increasing the chance of reflux. Secondly, the increased abdominal pressure caused by the growing fet...
During pregnancy it seems like all the rules change. You begin to think about everything that you put into your body but at the same time your body is changing so dramatically that each day seems to bring a new issue, thought or concern. Most women experience heartburn at some point during pregnancy. The reasons for the increased likelihood of heartburn include: hormones relaxing the esophageal sphincter, increased pressure on the stomach from the growing baby and frequently constipation blocking up the plumbing.
Many women will be able to deal with the reflux using preventive measures such as raising the head of the bed, eating smaller more frequent meals, avoiding trigger foods, etc. Occasionally though these measures aren’t enough and the reflux symptoms get to the point where a mother may need to consider medication. Avoiding medications is always the first choice but sometimes they are necessary.
While it’s always important to check in with your docto...
Generic Name: CIMETIDINE - ORAL Pronounced: (sye-MET-uh-deen) Heartburn Oral Precautions
Before taking ranitidine, tell your doctor or pharmacist
if you are allergic to it; or to other H2 histamine blockers (e.g., cimetidine,
famotidine); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain
inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems.
Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
This medication should not be used if you have certain
medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or
pharmacist if you have:
a certain blood disorder (porphyria)
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or
pharmacist your medical history, especially of:
immune system problems
lung diseases (e.g., asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary
other stomach problems (e.g., tumors)
Some symptoms may actually be signs of a...
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