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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.
Yes, the GERD can last all day and the symptoms can vary throughout the day. I really think you should try taking the Pepcid on a regular basis as this should help decrease if not prevent your symptoms. Long term GERD without treatment can cause problems with your esophagus and throat, but as long as you take the medication and the fact that this should resolve after you have your baby you probably are ok.
I am not real familiar with the T4 during pregnancy but I do know as long as it is being monitored and treated correctly it should not affect your baby. Yes, the thyroid could be contributing to your chest discomfort as well, but my feeling still is that it is mainly the GERD.
However, high blood pressure can also cause chest discomfort so you may want to have your blood pressure checked to make sure it is normal. High blood pressure during pregnancy can be very serious.
If you need anything else please let me know. Have a good day.
It sounds very much like reflux especially since the ekg and chest x-ray are normal. Not sure why they didn't do blood work either, kinda strange. Good luck in L&D, I'm sure that will be fine as well and you will get to go home soon. Please let me know if I can assist you further. Thanks again for your business with Just Answer.
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Yes I did, the 3rd trimester was awful!! I took Zantac every day before dinner and that helped a ton!! On occasion I would take 1 tums in the morning but I drink a lot of milk and didn't need the added calcium as it can increase the chance of a kidney stone. My reflux symptoms were gone the day after I had my baby. Thanks for the compliment on my pic. He is our first and just so in love, he will be 1 next month. Are you having a girl or boy?
If the pepcid doesn't work for you, try Zantac.