Acid reflux and pregnancy

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.

Useful tips to reduce acid reflux

  • Raise the head of the bed by 10 to 15 cm.
  • Avoid drinking large quantities of liquids before going to bed.
  • Avoid alcohol.
  • Avoid smoking and second-hand smoke.
  • Avoid medications that irritate the stomach (i.e. anti-inflammatory drugs)
  • Have several small meals per day, eat slowly and chew your food well.
  • Avoid foods that are likely to irritate and worsen your symptoms (i.e. coffee/tea, soft drinks, mint, chocolate, tomato sauce, spices, citrus juice, etc.)
  • Wear comfortable clothes, tight clothing causes more pressure.

RECOMMENDED TREATMENTS

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

When to see a doctor

  • Relief of symptoms is only temporary
  • Symptoms persist despite taking ZantacMD regularly
  • Symptoms are accompanied by fever, nausea/vomiting or severe headaches

Don’t hesitate to talk to your pharmacist at any time for additional information!

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Acid reflux and pregnancy

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.
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