Heartburn is a common discomfort experienced during pregnancy which is harmless but uncomfortable. This common concern raises the question, is it safe to take TUMS during pregnancy? TUMS is not specifically created for expecting mothers.
Heartburn is a burning sensation that often extends from the bottom of the breastbone to the lower throat which is caused by hormonal and physical changes in your body. The placenta produces the hormone progesterone to relax the smooth muscles of the uterus and the valve that separates the esophagus from the stomach during pregnancy. This allows gastric acids to seep back up, causing an unpleasant burning sensation.
Normally antacids provide a fast and safe relief for heartburn. TUMS are regarded as a safe heartburn relief method for women who are pregnant which also adds calcium to your body. When you are pregnant, your body may require 1,000-1,300 mg of elemental calcium per day.
Consult your doctor or health care provider before taking any antacids containing sodium bicarbonate. Generally it is advised to take TUMS at a different time than you take iron supplements. It is recommended to take doses of antacids and iron supplements spacing one to two hours apart, to get the full benefit from each medicine or dietary supplement.
Adjusting your lifestyle or altering your diet should be the first thing you try when looking to manage your pregnancy heartburn. If you pay attention, you will probably notice certain foods are more likely to trigger heartburn. Following steps can be taken care of in order to reduce heartburn:
Understand that majority of pregnant women experience heartburn during pregnancy and take TUMS for relief and go on to have a normal and healthy pregnancy and therefore you don’t have to worry much.