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Pregnancy and Heartburn

Posted by J on 07/25/2007

Hello Ted, I recently came across the Earth Clinic website while desperately searching the internet for something that might help my current health problems. I am fifteen weeks pregnant. I have unfortunately been taking PPI's for six years. I have had it in my mind for a long while now that I wanted to get off of these drugs, but I was afraid that I would not be able to get by without them. By the time that I realized that they were not the answer, I had been on them for years. Well anyway, I put off figuring out something else to do for my acid reflux problem for a while because I was always distracted by this or that, and felt I didn't have the time or strength to devote myself to figuring that problem out right at the moment, or the next moment, or the next.... So I became pregnant, which was happy news, but I did not realize that my body was already going to be a little handicapped to what the body must go through during pregnancy. I did not know that heartburn was such a huge issue for pregnant women, even women who had never experienced heartburn before in their lives. So just a few weeks into my pregnancy, the problems began. No matter what I did, the heartburn began to spiral out of control. My doctor had advised me to continue with my Prevacid regimen, so I did so. But this was not helping. For weeks at a time, I was dragging myself through daily living, struggling, uncomfortable, fearful. My appetite suffered. I became overwhelmed with worry. I believe the Prevacid was causing me more constipation, leading to greater heartburn. I tried to supplement with tums and/or maalox as my doctor instructed. Nothing worked. I would come home from work, exhausted, frustrated, feeling helpless and desperate for the answer to my problem. For days on end I searched the web for something that might help me, since any advice that I received from doctors did me no good whatsoever. I even contacted a gastroenterologist who said there was nothing she could do to help me during my pregancy and it would have to wait until afterwards. I felt so lost. Finally one day I found the Earth Clinic site. I read about the ACV/Baking soda remedy. I read all the feedback from those who had found success with this. I figured I had mine as well give it a try. After one dose, I felt better than I had felt in weeks and weeks. I was able to eat that night. I thanked heaven for finally answering my prays! Carefree feelings and joy filled my heart! I took ACV/baking soda for five days, and then took the two days off. I did not have any problems during those two days off. I felt fantastic. Then the next day I started the remedy up again. I felt pretty good that first day. But then the next day I began to feel sick again. It has now been four days and I have not been feeling so well any of these days. I am still able to eat pretty well, and I do not feel too backed up, but my chest is filled with heavy, hot acid feelings. I feel tired and sluggish. I do not want to stop with the remedy right now, because I still feel that it is helping me more than other things that I have tried, and it is surely the safest for my baby out of what I have tried so far, but I just wish that things could be better than this. I feel it is such a shame because my pregnancy has been so good for me otherwise. I have had minimum nausea (except for that which is associated with my acid reflux issues) and I have not thrown up once. If I could only get this acid problem under control. I just do not understand why I felt so great the first week, and now I feel like this. Should I change up the amount of ACV/baking soda that I am taking? Should I take it more or less often? Is there something else I should be taking? What more can I do? I sleep propped up. I drink water all the time, and not much else. I eat very healthy. I eat minimal amounts of heavy acid producing foods. This problem is affecting my quality of life greatly. I am tired and easily irritable. I feel heavy, worried, and scared. I am worried that this is hurting my baby. I have not gained much weight. It is still early for me in my pregnancy, but I want to make sure that I can get a better hold on this problem as early on as possible to ensure that my baby is safe and healthy. I need some help. I desperately do. Doctors seem to have nothing to offer me. I do not know where else to turn. Thank you very much for your time. I sincerely appreciate any help that you might have to offer me. Have a wonderful day.

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
385 posts

Women will have acid reflux and heartburn because of an electrolyte imbalance. The key electrolytes are sodium, potassium and magnesium. Maintaining a urinary pH of 7 is important, but some potassium and magnesium are equally important.

If apple cider vinegar and baking soda doesn't work, there are two things:

Take it less frequently, but I would take instead a lime and baking soda remedy. The lime and baking soda remedy is 8 teaspoons of lime juice plus 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda, in 1/2 glass of water taken twice a day.

The magnesium and potassium is needed also so I know it is about 250 mg of magnesium citrate and potassium citrate (or potassium bicarboante) should be taken, and the potassium is about 1/4 teaspoon should contain the problem.

A more comprehensive plan of acid reflux is best handled by getting a pocket pH meter and get urinary pH of 7. The second important thing to add is 1/4 teaspoon of potassium bicarbonate to the original remedy, at least once or twice a day, if I can get it.

If magnesium and potassium are obtainable, those should contain most of the acid reflux problems. The reason why it was not mentioned earlier is getting those are generally harder to obtain and most people have just the acid reflux, pregnancy only makes the condition more severe. This is why a woman gets nauseated and sometimes vomits because the body needs to get rid of the excess acidity in a very desperate way.