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Sour Stomach? 
12th-Dec-2007 11:12 pm [heartburn, indigestion]
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I hate to be the "ask Dr. LJ" type, but I don't want to bother with calling the oncall service for something seeming trivial.

So I have been lucky so far that all my pregnancy problems were just puking... I mean, its not terrible, and it isn't constant throughout the day.  I mean, for 21 weeks it should have went away, but whatever Im not too worried about that.

I am having some indigestion though, which is coming in the form of a sour stomach.  You know, when you have to burp constantly, and those burps smell and taste like sulfur.  OH yea, love those.  Anyways, Tums is what I was told we can take, and it works for sour stomachs.  Now here is the problem.

I've eaten 10 in the past 4 hours.  Nothing is changing, in fact my burps are getting much more disgusting. 

The bottle says you shouldn't take more than 10 in 24 hours... but... this isn't going away, and was wondering if that would do anything harmful... either to me or the baby.  Or something else I can take.
Comments 
13th-Dec-2007 04:22 am (UTC)
Maybe your stomach is over basic. You might try a teaspoon or two of apple cider vinegar in some water (I know, it sounds totally counter-intuitive, but it does work sometimes).
13th-Dec-2007 06:02 am (UTC)
I know I used Rolaids, and it worked wonders for me. It was the tropical fruit flavor and had gas relief as well, so that may help.
13th-Dec-2007 10:44 am (UTC)
My midwife told me that if I ended up popping Tums like candies that perhaps I should try Zantac. Maybe check with your doctor if that would be okay, and if it's worse than what a Zantac can handle she said there's a prescription medication called Protonix that can control the acid as well. good luck to you.
13th-Dec-2007 11:19 am (UTC)
My OB said Gaviscon is safe to take..i guess it's more for heartburn, but it'll keep the acid at bay.
13th-Dec-2007 01:29 pm (UTC)
You can take as many Gaviscon as you want, but Tums and stuff like that have a lot of sodium and aren't advisable to eat loads every day.

I have the belching phenomenon as well and I am just rolling with it, it's gross and uncomfortable but it's way better than the puking! The way I look at it is I don't have an illness, so there's no point in trying to medicate my symptoms. I just belch all day long!
13th-Dec-2007 03:44 pm (UTC)
my problem is the burps are getting so bad Im starting to dry heave... I haven't had a M/S episode in about 2 weeks, and Id like to keep it that way.
14th-Dec-2007 12:35 pm (UTC)
A lot of my burping is after meals, or after drinking a lot of water. I try to eat smaller portions, many small meals, and resist the urge to drink tons of water so that my stomach isn't overfull. Sometimes doing some stretches or lying on the floor helps me, too. It was worst right after the morning sickness stopped, but it's gotten easier.
13th-Dec-2007 02:00 pm (UTC)
It sounds like acid reflux, which (unfortunately) I know alot about.

Tums isn't going to do anything for you. Try Maalox, that helped me when I was absolutely miserable. Drinking milk can help, and stay away from soda and other carbonated beverages, they'll just aggravate it.

Cut back on things that are very acidic... tomato sauces, orange juice, etc. Oh and try to stick to blander foods, they wont aggravate it as much, and when they do they wont taste as bad when you're burping them back up =/
13th-Dec-2007 03:16 pm (UTC)
I take Pepcid Complete chewables and my OB told me it was ok. They are my lifesaver.
13th-Dec-2007 03:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I am still having some problems today, I might switch over to that.
13th-Dec-2007 05:18 pm (UTC)
I think sometimes taking too much Tums can increase acid. What Tums do is neutralize the acid in your stomach, which means your stomach produces more acid to replace it (kind of like how not eating can make you gain weight because your body stores everything you do eat). That's why Tums are good for an occasional flare-up, but taking a lot of them can make the problem worse, from what my parents tell me, hehe. Before I got pregnant, I took Prevacid, which is a prescription (works differently than Tums in that it shuts off some of the acid valves rather than neutralizing the acid), but in that I've never heard anyone mention it, I'm guessing it's not safe for pregnancy.
I hope you find something that works :).
13th-Dec-2007 05:29 pm (UTC)
I don't want to call for a prescription, because I know this isn't going to be a constant, infact I think I have it almost under control, but also stupid Medicaid is sitting around on their butts with getting my application completed. Its really quite annoying.
13th-Dec-2007 05:47 pm (UTC)
You're supposed to take prevacid daily, I never did, just as needed (a month's worth lasted me ages), but it's moot anyway, cuz I don't think it's safe while pregnant, hehe.
13th-Dec-2007 05:54 pm (UTC)
Yea, I haven't read anything about it online.

If it gets worse, I will call the doc, but right now it seems to be stalled by peppermints.
13th-Dec-2007 06:10 pm (UTC) - Same problem last pregnancy
Hey girl, I just wanted to say that I had a similar problem in the last trimester of my first pregnancy. Accept that with me it was heartburn. Killer heartburn for the last couple of months. I literally went through a tower of tums bottles. I think I was told that I could take as many as I wanted, but I am a stickler for rules so I only took the 10 a day that it said on the bottle. I simply tried to save them for the last part of the day if I could, the part where I was laying down. I never tried anything else because I trust Tums and they always helped, even if it was only for a few hours. Good luck... and the good news is- as soon as the baby gets here, you won't have the problem anymore!
13th-Dec-2007 06:23 pm (UTC) - Re: Same problem last pregnancy
Eh, I get Sour Stomachs every now and then, when I eat real stupid, but since I can't eat much right now... this is all pregnancy...

YEA bad eating habits!
13th-Dec-2007 11:42 pm (UTC)
chewable pepto bismol helps when i have that really bad
15th-Dec-2007 06:22 am (UTC)
I've read that Pepto Bismol is no good during pregnancy... Have you asked your doctor about it? If I'm wrong please let me know because it always worked much better for my reflux than anything else.
15th-Dec-2007 06:25 am (UTC)
I haven't touched it, I read that regular Pepto is Class D or something during pregnancy which means REALLY BAD..
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