Are Heartburn Medications Safe During Pregnancy?

An increase in the hormone progesterone relaxes the stomach valve that keeps acid out of the esophagus. Its important for you to remember that antacids can interfere with the absorption of certain vitamins like iron, which is essential during pregnancy, because it aids in the production of hemoglobin used to carry oxygen to the placenta. There are two types of heartburn drugs; one kind neutralizes acid, and the other kind decreases acid production. Both are generally safe to use as long as they are not abused. But these medications should only be used in conjunction with alternative therapies including: Eating almonds Drinking coconut water or ginger tea Taking a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar Using natural herbs like slippery elm Sitting or standing after meals Elevating the head and chest in bed Keeping a food journal to identify triggers Always talk to your doctor before taking any medications, as he or she can help you make the best decision for you and your baby based on your medical history. Do you have a health question for Dr.
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Research finds women do ‘nest’ during pregnancy

“It has nothing to do with whether I liked my childhood. I really did. But as a parent, that isn’t the childhood that I’d provide.” Barrymore tells People that she and her husband are “overjoyed” to welcome a second child. JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images PHOTOS: CELEBRITY BABY BUMPS “When I found out I was overjoyed,” she said. “It always feels so surreal, it’s incredible.” “Will is just thrilledwe both are(because) we just wanted so badly for Olive to have a sibling. In some ways, it’s really for her.
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Drew Barrymore ‘overjoyed’ about second pregnancy: ‘Yes, it’s happening’

Barrymore says she was ‘stalked’ during her first pregnancy with daughter Olive because she didn’t comment, so this time around she’s going public with the happy news.

“Some even want ‘freebirthing,’ which is isolating oneself socially and de-medicalizing the birth as much as possible.” Childbirth is “a gift to be enjoyed, not a curse to be endured,” wrote freebirthing advocate and author Laura Shanley on her website, Hospitals’ maternity units have evolved to suit the moms, said Afriyie-Gray. “Gone are ‘labor wards,'” she said. “Now we have rooms that are more nurturing, private, family-friendly. Medical equipment is hidden and they’re decorated more like home.” Her patients often report that they are nesting, she said. “They tell me about getting their nurseries ready, going to baby showers and, if they’re moving, trying to get settled into new houses before the babies are born,” she said.
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