Heartburn During Pregnancy

8 Ways to Treat Acid Reflux During Pregnancy

A recent study looked at the side affects of pregnant women taking acid-suppressive drugs such as Protnix something that I would have loved to read when I was pregnant. Researchers at Childrens Hospital Boston found that children of mothers who took acid-suppressive drugs during pregnancy had a 1.5 times higher incidence of asthma when compared with children who were not exposed to the drugs in utero. This is a very small number but its significant because the cause of asthma is multifactoral, says study co-author Dr. Elizabeth Hait, attending physician in the Division of Gastroenterology and Nutrition at Childrens Hospital Boston. If we can figure out one small piece of the puzzle then we get closer to understanding the condition. Recent studies in mice have shown that the offspring of pregnant mice exposed to acid-blocking medications during pregnancy have higher levels of the immune cells that are predominant in allergic conditions such as eczema, food allergies, and asthma. And so in this study, which will appear in the journal Clinical & Experimental Allergy on January 19, researchers were looking for the same results in humans. Hait says they found only a strong link between acid reflux drugs and asthma but she thinks the design of the study made it difficult to identify a correlation between the drugs and food allergies and eczema. Hait and her team analyzed data from more than 585,000 Swedish children born between 1995 and 2004. Overall, about 5,600 children (just under 1 percent) had been exposed to acid-suppression therapy during their mothers pregnancy, and more than 29,000 (5 percent) had a discharge diagnosis of allergy or prescriptions for allergy medications by 2006. Maternal use of acid-suppressive medicines was associated with a 43 percent greater likelihood that a child would be hospitalized or receive prescriptions for allergic conditions. Asthma was the most commonly reported condition; maternal use of acid-suppressive medications increased its likelihood by 51 percent. what google did to me http://blog.sfgate.com/sfmoms/2009/01/15/heartburn-during-pregnancy/

What can be done to prevent or treat gastroesophageal reflux disease in pregnancy? Lifestyle modifications can prevent increases in intra-abdominal pressure and decreases in lower esophageal sphincter pressure that promote reflux. Here's a list of both ways to prevent and treat gastroesophageal reflux in pregnancy. 1. Elevation of the head of the bed. Gravity plays an important role in controlling reflux. When a person is recumbent, stomach contents are more likely to reflux into the esophagus. Studies have documented that, as compared with patients who sleep flat on their backs, patients who elevate the head of the bed have significantly fewer reflux episodes, and when they do, the episodes that do occur are shorter and produce generally milder symptoms. 2. Lying on one's left side at night. Sleeping on the left side as opposed to the right side may reduce the frequency and duration of reflux episodes in patients prone to symptoms during the night. It is felt that there are more frequent episodes of decreases in lower esophageal sphincter pressure when patients lie on the left side as opposed to the right side. 3. Avoiding caffeine, chocolate and peppermints. These food groups all lead to a decrease in lower esophageal sphincter pressure. what do you think http://www.healthcentral.com/acid-reflux/c/66/44291/reflux-pregnancy