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There is already enough to stress about in pregnancy; a little less scare-mongering would be good.
Ain't that the truth? Geez, you'd think we should all be wearing hair shirts and beating ourselves daily to enjoy the pain by some measures of motherhood these days. Our parents generation got to drink, smoke, send the kids out out into the street to play, drive around without seat belts or baby seats, etc., but damned it they didn't take the polio vaccine very seriously. I don't know that our parents would have survived todays parenting standards.

Enjoy the Gaviscon as I know I did when I was preggers. And when the doc finally gave me the go for some Zantac 75's, I nearly wept with relief.

There's a curious old wives tale that seems to be rather consistent in that women with wicked bad heartburn give birth to kids with a full head of hair. Mine nearly had enough to braid when she was born. Anyone else find this old tale to hold a grain of truth?
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There's a curious old wives tale that seems to be rather consistent in that women with wicked bad heartburn give birth to kids with a full head of hair. Mine nearly had enough to braid when she was born. Anyone else find this old tale to hold a grain of truth?
Not at all! He was as bald as .. well the day he was born .. and stayed that way until 18 months old when he suddenly grew bright orange curly locks ..
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perhaps, your homeopath either didn't understand what Gaviscon was made of or that you didn't have the kind of acid stomach where you couldn't sleep laying down and had little success sleeping sitting up. Also the kind of stomach where any food, acid or otherwise, would make it more like vesuvius than a calm sea.

My father died from esophageal cancer due to years of acid reflux treated with Tums (chalk, pretty much what Gaviscon is made of). . You'll just have to trust me on that one.

I'm not big on chemicals and am a member of the 'moderation in all things, including moderation' club, but some things deserve to be medicated, especially when they are proven to work so well and have NO known side effects for pregnant mothers.
You are not reading what is being written by those you are attempting to answer to.

Relax.

Please do not become insulting in your presumptions.
The OP is asking for advice.

You are coming across as crass, overbearing, presumptious, and arrogant.

And yes, for the first time I have actually awarded someone here a red blobby thing - and you are the grandious recipient!

I would never offer a pregnant mother a chemical solution. Preferable to offer a natural remedy. If that does not work then she may seek medical advice.

This is an open public forum, and not Gods Gospel! Fruit never harmed an unborn - yet, anyway.

Medications that have no effect on the unborn? Medications are becoming known that have effects on the unborns unborns ..... I leave you to research some facts of life. Have some consideration for the future generations who have yet to be born.
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Old 19.09.2011, 23:38
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Not at all! He was as bald as .. well the day he was born .. and stayed that way until 18 months old when he suddenly grew bright orange curly locks ..
LOL. Wow, you're the first one in years that I've asked about this crazy old wive's tale who had a bald baby. I know one woman who actually got her baby a little toupee because she was so freaked out about him not having hair. I remember my daughter lost much of her hair just before her first birthday (for some reason I can't remember right now, but was supposedly perfectly normal) and I freaked a bit. I think the old wive's tales were just a way to try and make sense of this chaos of motherhood.
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Re: Morning / Pregnancy Sickness

I've been fortunate enough to not have much heartburn or acid reflux during my current pregnancy, but I did have it a few times, and the apotheke here gave me something called "Alucol Gel," which is apparently safe to take while pregnant. I haven't tried it yet, though, since I still have a bottle of minty Mylanta that I got from the States.

But for me, the heartburn only seemed to come if I laid down after eating. I learned that I need to wait at least an hour or two...

Now if someone has a remedy for lower leg cramps, I will be forever in debt to you!!! Ooooh! They hurt! (And the magnesium really doesn't seem to help).
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You are not reading what is being written by those you are attempting to answer to.

Relax.

Please do not become insulting in your presumptions.
The OP is asking for advice.

You are coming across as crass, overbearing, presumptious, and arrogant.

And yes, for the first time I have actually awarded someone here a red blobby thing - and you are the grandious recipient!

I would never offer a pregnant mother a chemical solution. Preferable to offer a natural remedy. If that does not work then she may seek medical advice.

This is an open public forum, and not Gods Gospel! Fruit never harmed an unborn - yet, anyway.

Medications that have no effect on the unborn? Medications are becoming known that have effects on the unborns unborns ..... I leave you to research some facts of life. Have some consideration for the future generations who have yet to be born.
*sigh* Again, I don't think you understand what acid stomach is and your homeopathic remedy, however well intended, ain't gonna work for the vast majority of cases of real heartburn. As for unborn generations....well, it's too late and I'm too tired for that conversation and if you REALLY want to give me a so-called 'red blobby' for talking perfectly good sense from personal experience of hard-core heartburn without any undue harm to my child (but disagreeing with you -the HORROR), so be it.
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Old 19.09.2011, 23:49
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Now if someone has a remedy for lower leg cramps, I will be forever in debt to you!!! Ooooh! They hurt! (And the magnesium really doesn't seem to help).
Oh, I had those too. The leg cramps/charlyhorses can be somewhat appeased with walking and gatorade though...I suspect finding gatorade here about as likely as finding water in the desert so you might try anything with potassium in it and walking. I did a lot of late night walking with the leg cramps and heartburn.

(And Mylanta is a really tame version of Gaviscon. I wouldn't worry about trying it if you are really uncomfortable).
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mThere's a curious old wives tale that seems to be rather consistent in that women with wicked bad heartburn give birth to kids with a full head of hair. Mine nearly had enough to braid when she was born. Anyone else find this old tale to hold a grain of truth?
My sister's little one had a full head of hair and she had indigestion for most of the pregnancy. My problems only started well into the 3rd trimester but we've got into the habit of of referring to my indigestion as a 'baby hair-spurt'.

I'll update in a couple of weeks
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I had really bad morning (all day) sickness during my pregnancy, as well as the ginger biscuits I found these worked for me
http://travelband.com/about-travelband.htm
Might be worth a try!!!
I also found that www.babycentre.co.uk was an excellent source of info and support.
I worked in a pharmacy and many fathers-to-be came to buy anti-nausea bands for their partners.
If you can't find them, try putting elastic ponytail holders on your wrists.
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Oh, I had those too. The leg cramps/charlyhorses can be somewhat appeased with walking and gatorade though...I suspect finding gatorade here about as likely as finding water in the desert so you might try anything with potassium in it and walking. I did a lot of late night walking with the leg cramps and heartburn.

(And Mylanta is a really tame version of Gaviscon. I wouldn't worry about trying it if you are really uncomfortable).
Ahhh! Gatorade! I hadn't thought of that. Yeah, maybe the electrolytes would help. And the "funny" thing is... JUST the other day, I happened to notice that Gatorade is sold at the Denner near my house.

Well, if it works, I guess I'm forever in debt to you.

(And yes, I have found that getting up in the middle of the night and walking around a bit helps, too).

Thanks for the advice!
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Re: Morning / Pregnancy Sickness

From what I've read there are 2 causes of heartburn during pregnancy. The first usually starts earlier and is hormone related. The oestrogen relaxes muscles needed for growing bellies but also relaxes the opening at the top of the stomach, allowing the acid to come up. This *usually* starts earlier in pregnancy and has also be linked to lots of hair - oestrogen is said to cause this as well.
Here is a study showing the link: study

The other cause is simply the position of the baby pushing up on the stomach and usually occurs later and has nothing to do with hair!
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Re: Morning / Pregnancy Sickness

Honestly, nothing has worked for me at all. I had it 24/7 even before I tested positive for pregnancy (now just hitting week 11). It's worse at nights. I basically lie in bed gagging with shakes. I've tried ginger tea and peppermint tea. The latter actually made me more nauseous.

I did the small, frequent meals thing but eating anything is hard.

Forget pregnancy cravings. It's more aversions. Virtually every food makes me gag, including previous favorites. I've had to force feed myself on a daily basis. My husband has been amazing with his encouragement to eat and cooking for us most nights. Dealing with the dehydration has been similarly tough. My doctor recommended meds for the sickness but I'm trying to plod through on my own.

I think that you should try all the excellent advice from other ladies but if nothing works, as was my case, focus on your mental health. The only things I've been able to do are mental ones to help me cope. Reading a book to take my mind off it and talking to my family and friends. When nothing physically reduces the sickness, I think it's important to make sure you keep your moods up as it can get really darn depressing to suffer non-stop for months like this.

Keep in mind most women start to get some relief once their hCG levels start to decline...usually weeks 9-11 or so. I think I've just peaked so I'm getting tiny bits of the day where I feel a touch less sick.

When all else fails, just remember this is all worth it. =D

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Now if someone has a remedy for lower leg cramps, I will be forever in debt to you!!! Ooooh! They hurt! (And the magnesium really doesn't seem to help).
Did you get magnesium sachets from your doctor? I suffered from cramp every night and didn't even link it to pregnancy until I happened to mention it to my doctor.

The supermarket tabs of magnesium don't contain enough to do any good but the sachets you get from the pharmacy are the bees knees.

After about 4 or 5 days of taking them the leg cramps were all but gone.
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Re: Morning / Pregnancy Sickness

As far as medications go, don't take anything unless your doctor says you can!

I found that sucking on hard candies from Migros helped morning sickness. My favorite were the raspberry candies that have the powdered sugar coating and actually look like little raspberries. They're very inexpensive and I'd just keep some in a tin in my purse. Added bonus: I drank more water when sucking on hard candy. Very important throughout pregnancy!

I also agree never to let your stomach empty. Being hungry would send me right over the edge...most unpleasant when there's only bile in there to spew!

And don't worry about the heartburn later. I'm due on Saturday and have yet to have any heartburn!

Most of all, enjoy your pregnancy! It's the absolute BEST! I know this may sound crazy, but now that my due date is fast approaching and I know I'm not going to be pregnant two weeks from now, I'm a little sad! I'm really going to miss being pregnant a lot! Oh, and make the most of your second trimester. It's INCREDIBLE! I've never felt better in my entire life!!!! Then the third trimester is just as special, but completely different. Much more inward, lots of naps, total focus on gestation and nesting. The whole way through has been absolutely magical. Enjoy!!! All the best to you!
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However, for heartburn, I can recommend chewing on a handful of almonds which is what my gynae recommended. And milk. The proper full fat stuff. A glass before bed was what helped me get over the nighttime heartburn. May also be beneficial for morning sickness, I don't know, didn't try it at that point.
Milk helped a lot with my morning sickness, but I didn't discover that until the 3rd trimester (had nausea and vomiting all the way through, though mainly just first-thing in the morning vomiting for the last 2 trimesters). A glass of whole milk first thing in the morning worked well providing the protein I needed and also quenching thirst (sometimes even water made me vomit . I also had the wristbands for sea sickness, but those didn't really do much for me as far as I could tell. And for what it's worth, my baby had a full head of hair, though my heartburn was rather limited - just a few times in the middle of the night.
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Re: Morning / Pregnancy Sickness

I had severe morning sickness with my first, the second decided to up the stakes and gave me Hypermesis Gravidium so all of you suffering have my sympathies. I found that just eating whatever & whenever I felt like it helped though this became quite tough because as soon as I threw something up I could not face it again. Dry crackers & cereal worked best for me. Don't worry if it is a "healthy" choice or not just get calories into you. Mr Dr explained that the baby takes all it needs fromt he mother so a bad diet should not do any long term harm. If you need to take meds if the vomitting is bad then take them and do not feel guilty about it; without taking meds the second time aound I doubt I would have got through the experience. Sport drinks are also a God send, sipping small quantities of lemon flavoured Isostar was enough to keep me out of hospital. The second time my sickness only left when I delivered the baby so no matter how bad it gets remember it will end! Oh & the tip about carrying plastic bags everywhere with you is a great one, you never know when some smell or movement will set you off so I always had one in my pocket (others in my handbag, car door etc).
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Re: Morning / Pregnancy Sickness

After 3 kids I think I can add a few points...
  • dizziness and feeling like you are going to faint was, for me, low blood pressure. My first trigger sign was an inability to think. For example can you name 6 capital cities in Europe? At first trigger sign I would either find gatorade/powerade or similar sport drink and sit with legs raised on a chair. I had low blood pressure throughout.
  • I mentally psyched myself for all feelings of sickess to be gone with the start of the second trimester. Placebo is the best medicine. worked 3 out of 3 times.
  • Ginger was my friend, but only in the first trimester. The candied ginger was too strong toward the end. Gingerale was great for me and I still use it if I have feelings of nausea.
  • Peppermint was my friend, but not in the first trimester. Made me gag in the first trimester and for 2nd and 3rd pregnancies I bought the pregnancy test after I gagged on a mint.
  • Lack of energy plagued me. Blood tests confirmed it was low iron so supplements were necessary.
  • Low stress is the way to go... let the small stuff slide... My hypothesis is high stressed mothers create high allergy babies.
I loved being pregnant. Congratulations.

My only advice is to smell the roses every once in a while (literally and metaphorically)...
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