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Heartburn During Pregnancy

Anne Sommers, Licensed Midwife |25, October 2000

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I have just found out that I am pregnant and I was wondering why I have such bad heartburn? It gets so bad that I can't get out of bed. I am about two or three months along. If there is anything you can help on please do. Are there any over the counter drugs that will help and still be safe for the baby?

Heartburn, usually occurs later in pregnancy when the baby presses up against the stomach. Food doesn't digest properly and the stomach's release of digestive juices are lessened. It is commonly relieved by antacids, such as Tums and sleeping in a more upright position. I suggest for my clients that they take digestive enzymes if they are prone to this problem. Indigestion and heartburn or trapped gas can be caused by the food not being digested. I am surprised you can't get out of bed it hurts so much, since with severe heartburn, one cannot lie down. Have your OBGYN investigate if it is true heartburn or not.

Anne Sommers, LM is a Licensed Midwife in Southern California and founder of Agape Perinatal Consultation & Birthing Services. Anne has attended and personally delivered hundreds of beautiful bouncing babies in some very wonderful and natural settings -- like in the water! She has appeared on various Southern California radio and cable television shows, talked to birth organizations, was editor for several child birth publications and was the owner, editor and publisher of "Mom" Magazine, a quarterly publication in circulation for over seven years. She completed Seattle Midwifery School's Challenge Process and the NARM exam (supervised by the California Medical Board) qualifying her for midwifery licensure. Anne actually made history as noted in the Orange County Register for being one of Southern California's first Licensed Midwives. She is also the mother of two children, born at home, with the attendance of midwives.

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