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The extra progesterone produced during pregnancy has a relaxing effect on the valve separating the oesophagus from the stomach, making pregnant women subject to acid reflux. Changes in your habits, or an appropriate medication, may help reduce your symptoms.
FIRST RESORT: ANTACIDS
Calcium carbonate-based antacids (TumsMD, RolaindsMD)Take 500 mg by mouth 1 to 3 times a day as needed.(Maximum recommended dose: 2.5 g per day)
Aluminum and magnesium-based antacids (MaaloxMD, regular formula)Take 30 ml by mouth 1 to 3 times a day as needed.
Alginic acid-based antacids (GavisconMD, regular formula)Take 1 to 2 tablets or 15 to 30 ml (liquid formula) by mouth 4 times a day after meals and before bedtime as needed.
*** Warning, combined or multi-action formulas often contain other ingredients such as salicylic acid, which is not recommended during pregnancy. If you have any doubts, talk to a pharmacist.
SECOND RESORT: Ranitidine (ZantacMD)
Take 75 to 150 mg by mouth twice a day 30 minutes before breakfast and supper.
*** Can be combined with antacids as needed
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