Are there any remedies for heartburn?

I'm taking Zantac and Pepcid AC and it was working up until last week. Now my heartburn is horrible (seriously feels like I have a fire in my throat.) I cannot stand to drink milk due to phlegm :( What other foods do you suggest that might help my heartburn? (I'm 21 weeks pregnant)

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legalmom343

Asked by legalmom343 at 1:24 PM on Oct. 2, 2008 in Pregnancy

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  • TUMS!!! Thank GOD for tums!!! I tried altering my diet, and I could not find any combination that worked to help reduce it. Soo, lots and lots of tums (the extra calcium ones) But you know what is funny? I like the taste of the off-brand tums more so than the actual tums. And they worked better for me. Weird huh?

    Good Luck!!
    CarolynBarnett

    Answer by CarolynBarnett at 1:31 PM on Oct. 2, 2008

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  • Tums make me vomit. I kid you not, the chalkiness makes me throw up :( I know it is horrible, I have tried and tried again but now the thought of them makes me sick.
    legalmom343

    Answer by legalmom343 at 1:39 PM on Oct. 2, 2008

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  • This is going to sound off the wall, and I personally have not tried it because I am diabetic, but a friend told me orange juice helps get rid of heartburn. I know, it seems like it would trigger heartburn. She's really into organic and health food so she may be right. Worth a try perhaps.
    sarabear524

    Answer by sarabear524 at 1:45 PM on Oct. 2, 2008

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  • Walmart brand "Tums" are less chalky, you might give them a try! Just don't get the tropical flavor--maybe try mint, it's more reminiscent of candy. Rol-aids brand in the little paper wrapper are also more like candy. I ate the tums like candy myself!

    Milk won't truly help anyway, as it's actually full of acid. You need something basic that will actually help cancel out the acid in the stomach. I think there's a recipe on the baking soda box for mixing it as an antacid, but I know I'd never be able to choke that down while pregnant.
    JennySchumaker

    Answer by JennySchumaker at 1:46 PM on Oct. 2, 2008

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  • I've seriously been living off Tums this entire pregnacy. I have to have AT LEAST 15 perday. I'm not sure if you can overdose on Tums, but I'm probably close.
    Have you tried the Tums Smoothies? I can't stand the regular super chalky ones, but I manage the Smoothies. I have to anyway.
    Besides that I don't know what to tell you. I've tried tons of different things, and the Heartburn is always there. It wasn't like this with my son.
    Carolyn123

    Answer by Carolyn123 at 1:49 PM on Oct. 2, 2008

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  • Try some black licorice.
    MeeShee

    Answer by MeeShee at 1:57 PM on Oct. 2, 2008

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  • Hi sweetie
    I am right there with you. I could not take the taste of TUMS either, especially the smoothies--made me vomit! I am on Pepsid also, I am so sorry that you are feeling like this, my throat feels like it's on fire also! Try peppermint, like life savers mints. They have helped me along with the Pepsid.
    destinyuntold

    Answer by destinyuntold at 1:59 PM on Oct. 2, 2008

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  • If I remember correctly, I took Tagamet. My doctor preferred me to take Tums, but when that didn't work, he said I could take Tagamet. It worked wonderfully! Just double check with your OB first. As the baby grows, he/she can push on your stomach which can cause the heartburn. No matter what you eat, if this is the cause, there is nothing you can do but take medication (Tums, etc) to neutralize the acid and stop the pain. I am a short waisted person, and this happened to me with both my pregnancies. It didn't matter what I did/didn't eat. Water gave me heartburn.....
    Lovemy2girlsKK

    Answer by Lovemy2girlsKK at 2:14 PM on Oct. 2, 2008

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  • Try yogurt - with active cultures.
    FlyMom07

    Answer by FlyMom07 at 2:16 PM on Oct. 2, 2008

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  • Talk to your doctor... she can give you a prescription for it
    BabyBugsmama

    Answer by BabyBugsmama at 2:29 PM on Oct. 2, 2008

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