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Symptoms of GERD can include stomach discomfort or burning pain that can move to your chest and throat, (around breast bone), burping, fullness or bloating in the stomach, upper abdominal pain and regurgitation. Yes, it can cause upper back pain as well as the jaw or arms.
More then 1/2 of pregnant women will have heart burn because of the pressure the baby puts on your body combined with increased hormones. The good news is that it will most likely go away once you deliver your baby.
Certain foods/drinks can increase your symptoms and should be avoided. These include tomatoes, citrus, onions, garlic, peppermint, chocolate, spicy foods, fried foods and caffeinated drinks. They symptoms mainly occur after eating a heavy meal, lying down on your back or bending over to pick something up. Try not to eat 3 hrs prior to going to bed if possible. You can also sleep on multiple pillows to raise your head or actually put blocks under the head of your bed to lift it up to help decrease your symptoms.
Pepcid is fine to take, you can also use Prilosec, Zantac or Tums but be careful with Tums because of the added calcium you can get a kidney stone and that is no fun, especially when pregnant.
No, pregnancy does not protect you from heart problems. Most likely it is GERD or heartburn that you are experiencing but you should mention this to your OB as they may want to run a few cardiac tests to be on the safe side before your labor begins. (Probably an EKG and an echo which is an ultrasound of your heart)
I had bad heart burn while I was pregnant last year and I took a Zantac daily before dinner and my symptoms improved greatly instead of just taking it as needed. You may want to just go ahead and take your choice of medication daily to prevent the heartburn instead of just treating it. I think this option will make you more comfortable.
If you have any further question please let me know and I will get back with you as soon as I can. Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy and I hope you have an easy labor & delivery!! Congrats on the baby. Have a good day and thanks again for using Just Answer.