Heartburn, Acid Reflux, and GERD During Pregnancy
You may need to prepare for a premature birth (RCOG 2006) . You’ll have a specialist team on hand in the hospital to make sure you and your baby get the right care. I have a fever If you have a fever and your temperature is above 37.5 degrees C, but with no cold symptoms, call your doctor the same day. Over-the-counter antacids may prove helpful in relieving your heartburn, but do not take antacids without speaking to your healthcare provider.
If you’re vomiting during the second half of your pregnancy, you may also have severe pain just below the ribs, and sudden severe swelling in your face, hands or feet. These symptoms may be a sign of pre-eclampsia (NICE 2016a, 2011) . I have vaginal bleeding Spotting or very light bleeding without pain is common in early pregnancy (van Oppenraaji et al 2009) . It usually resolves itself and is unlikely to harm your baby (van Oppenraaji et al 2009) .
Antacids are available as chewable tablets and liquids. They work by coating the lining of the esophagus and stomach and neutralizing stomach acid.
Sucralfate acts by coating and protecting the lining of the esophagus and stomach and is more effective in an acidic environment. Thus, if sucralfate is being used, it should be taken one-half hour before or after doses of antacids or alginic acid/antacid for maximal effect.
My hands and feet are swollen Swelling or puffiness (oedema) in your hands, face and eyes is common in late pregnancy. In most cases, it’s not a cause for concern (NICE 2016a) .
The lower esophageal sphincter (the muscle at the lower end of the esophagus that normally prevents acid from refluxing) is weak in pregnancy. This probably is an effect of the high levels of estrogens and progesterones that are a normal part of pregnancy. This weakness resolves after delivery. Early Signs and Symptoms of LaborEvery woman’s experience with labor and delivery is unique for each woman, and thus “Normal” labor varies from woman to woman. Some of the common signs and symptoms of normal labor include the “baby dropping,” increase urination, back pain, contractions, and diarrhea.
It can be hard to find the difference between early pregnancy symptoms and symptoms that your period is about to start – because many of them are very similar – so it’s best not to get too excited until you get a positive test. However, if you are feeling something different from what you’ve normally felt, then you could be pregnant.
Instead, keep track of your body’s reactions to different foods — meals that give your friend indigestion may sit just fine with you — and avoid foods that cause you problems. Eat frequent, light meals. The fuller your stomach is, the more pressure on the valve in your esophagus. For the same reason, avoid filling up on liquids while eating — consume your fluids between meals.