Acid Reflux During My Pregnancy. Does This Mean My Child Will Be Prone To Infant Acid Reflux?

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Asked by Miserable in LA

Acid Reflux During My Pregnancy. Does This Mean My Child Will Be Prone To Infant Acid Reflux?

I've never had acid reflux before but 1 month into my pregnancy it hit me. Since then I've had to sleep sitting up because of how uncomfortable it becomes whey I lay down. I have 4 months to go and hope and pray that this goes away when I give birth. I am however scared that I may pass this on to my baby.

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Hello!

Congratulations on your pregnancy! Reflux is very common in pregnancy. The good news, it usually goes away after the baby is born. He/she is taking up valuable space and squeezing your stomach (and other important organs too!).

I found that eating small, frequent snacks rather than the traditional breakfast, lunch and dinner really helped. Carbohydrates were best. Also, sip your drinks rather than have a super big drink. Try to avoid eating in the evening and before bedtime. I found that keeping myself upright on pillows helped at night when my pregnancy reflux was at its worst.

If you are having trouble staying hydrated, vomiting or having severe pain from your reflux, be sure to call your primary care doctor or ob right away. Also, ask your doctor before taking any over the counter remedy/medication for reflux.

Good luck and be sure to send us a baby picture!

Jan

P.S. Almost forgot to answer your other question-infant reflux is very common in babies. There is a big difference between "normal" reflux and the more serious and less common condition called GERD. More info here. Since infant reflux is common, it is possible your infant will have bouts of spit up and fussiness.

Will you cause your infant to have reflux from having reflux during pregnancy? No.

Answered by Jan Gambino