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    Hi all
    I am 23 weeks preg & Feeling a lot of indigestion & heartburn after eating so many foods at the moment. Seems all acidic food including juice is out now as well as wheat products I think.



    Can anyone tell me any heartburn reducing foods?
    Any natural remedies? I am resortin to Gaviscon at night, but prefer something else...
    Thanks heaps
    Rachel

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    I took TUMS and they were really good for a while...though mine did get very much worse. But there was a recent thread on this & the same things mentioned over & over were "milk drinks" & "fruit tingles".

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    i used to scull milk!! i dont drink milk normally, i have it on my cereal, but i never liked drinking it.. i found that helped!

    sorry cant help you with anythig nelse, as milk did the job for me!!

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    Yep Rachel, I'm the hugest fruit tingle fan. THey allowed my to continue eating my tomato and garlic rich diet. I don't drink OJ as I'm allegic, but that's not real great for heartburn either.
    There are supposed to be a couple of herbal remedies that I was going to try at the time but the fruit tingles fixed my probs so I didn't have to. Of course then I became obsessive at brushing my teeth lol.
    Also, are you sleeping with your head raised? THat's another that helped me hugely. You do get used to the odd position.

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    If you are taking any antacids (gaviscon etc) - they recommend for you not to drink milk products... least they did with me! Anything highly acidic that you can't cut out, try sweetening with a bit of sugar. I could not have survived with my tomato lettuce cheese sandwiches, so just added sugar on my tomato because it's supposed to neutralise the acid... apparently at least. I also throw in a teaspoon of sugar when i make spag bol - all the tomatoey saucey stuff gave me hell.
    Love the fruit tingles one though, i'll be definitely keeping that in mind for next time! It seems for now bubba has engaged because i haven't had any problems for a few weeks. Thank goodness!
    Mnay hope you find somethign to help clear it up a bit soon

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    i just bought a book last night called feeding the bump and it says that the following foods are digestive aids:

    - bitter foods such as rocket and watercress
    - mint in all forms
    - fennel
    - ginger
    - cumin, cardamon, tumeric and caraway spices
    - banana, apple, pineapple, paw paw, papaya, tomato, carrot and celery
    - chamomile tea
    - milk and yoghurt

    hope that helps a bit !?!

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    All I was told, was to reduce spicy food and yeah OJ and stuff like that!

    I found that the TUMS tablets worked really well for me! I seriously couldn't go without them.. and coz they were orange flavoured, not peppermint like the others.. it just tasted nice and sweet! So before you go to bed, take 2-4 of those ($4.50 approx a pack) and sleep a little bit raised with some pillows and hopefully that will work!

    Good luck! hope it disappears soon

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    You could try taking Rennie's but it's recommended that before you go to bed to drink a class of milk which helps settle your stomach.

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    I have shocking heartburn and I find Tums to be the most tolerable tablet to buy. I haven't tried the fruit tingles though, I would have thought that more bubbles in your tummy would have been worse? Must give that one a go...

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    I tried everything while pg but the only thing that helped was peppermint tea.

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    i've suffered indigestion since 20 weeks as did i with my first- its the most annoying preg symptom i think... Due to having to increase my fibre i was recommemded to eat 2-3 weetbix in the morning but gos the indegestion from them was shocking- i find a bwl of yoghurt with toasted musli- banana smothies/milkshakes help at night, nothing too spicy i finish dinner with a small dinner roll and then an hour before bed i have a smothie and i havent had any indegestion at night so far- day time gosh doesnt matter what i eat or tabs i take etc nothing seems to work for me...

    Good luck, i really sympathize withyou

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    Milk here too

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    Thanks all! I will try drinking more milk & those fruit tingles!!
    Let you know how I go!
    xoxoxo

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    I have read to also -

    - sleep with you head raised,
    - eat a light meal in the evening,
    - don't lay down after eating, esp in the evening,
    - go for a nice, easy and gentle walk after eating to help with digestion,
    - sleep on your left side,
    - milk, milk, milk,
    - cut out acidic foods as mentioned,
    -don't bolt your food down, take your time eating.

    Hope that helps. I have 1-2 Rennie at bedtimes and for the first few hours sleep with two pillows....and a pillow under my feet some nights to combat restless legs! Not very comfy!

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    Whoever originally suggested fruit tingles, ou are a legend!!! My heartburn is odd in that I only get a burning sensation in the back of my throat & a feeling like I have food stuck in my throat so nothing else really works. The fruit tingles were an almost instant fix! Now I just have to figure out how to get away with eating them & not sharing with Zander

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    With the milk thing, it does work but you may find that your heartburn comes back a while afterwards. Milk has lactic acid so that can give you heartburn anyway. Perhaps soy milk or rice milk would be better?

    When I was preg, my GP told me to take mylanta, he said it's the safest medication to take while you're pregnant.

    Fruit juice is a killer, I had to stop drinking it as well. And tomatos (which are a fruit as well, but you know what I mean).

    I ate bread a lot, like at night i'd get up and eat a piece of bread to 'soak up' the acid, sort of thing. I found that helped. Sleeping while propped up with pillows can help, but you might find that by the end of your pregnancy, You're surrounded by pillows EVERYWHERE! There's the heartburn pillows, the tummy support pillows, the hip support pillows . . .

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