Increased Heartburn

You may experience painful heartburn in your third trimester. Find out how to treat it with over-the-counter medicines.

Indigestion can get much worse during the 3rd trimester. Some women have it throughout pregnancy; others escape it until the 3rd trimester. (The luckiest ones never get it.) Over-the-counter antacids such as Mylanta, Maalox, and Tums provide relief for minor indigestion, but stubborn 3rd-trimester indigestion that keeps you up at night calls for stronger medicine. Two types of drugs can help reduce acid production and damage to the stomach and esophagus: H2 blockers (Pepcid, Tagamet, Zantac) and proton pump inhibitors (Prilosec, Protonix). These medications are believed to be safe for your baby. Some of these are available without a prescription, but it's best to consult your doctor before taking them.

Originally published in You & Your Baby: Pregnancy.

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