Is Medicine Safe During Pregnancy?
The dangers of overmedicating while pregnant are simply not worth it.
Expectant moms often undergo heartburn during their pregnancies. However, the decision to take medication comes with a cost that can sometimes be severe.
More than half of all pregnant women experience symptoms of severe heartburn during their second and third trimesters. Due to a change in hormone levels, the progesterone relaxes the stomach valve that keeps acid out of the esophagus, and boom-- heartburn strikes.
Even taking something with as small of a risk as antacids [such as TUMS] comes with a cost. The antacids interfere with absorption of vitamins such as iron, which is especially essential during pregnancy. Iron is vital because it works to aid in the production of hemoglobin, which is used to carry oxygen to the placenta.
Tow types of heartburn medication exist: one that neutralizes acid, and one that decreases acid production. Both of these are mostly safe for expectant mothers to use so long as they are not abused.
Pregnant women are encouraged to try other routes of curbing heartburn as well, including that of eating almonds, drinking coconut water and/or ginger tea, and taking a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. Other alternative therapies include the use of natural herbs such as slippery elm, sitting or standing after meals, elevating the head and chest when in bed, and keeping a food journal to identify specific triggers.