“Hi Vanessa! I’m 21 weeks pregnant and was prescribed an acid reducer since I was having severe abdominal pain due to the build up of stomach acid. I was wondering: is it safe to take an acid reducer, like Zantac, for the rest of my pregnancy? Also, how true is it that heartburn is an indicator that my baby will have a lot of hair? Thanks for your time and input!” – Kimber

Additional Resources
  • Causes of heartburn during pregnancy
  • Constipation During Pregnancy
  • GERD (gastroesophageal acid reflux disease)
  • How to avoid heartburn
  • Garden of Life Organic Enzyme Supplement
  • Over the counter medications
  • Antacids
  • Tums, Rolaids, Maalox, Alka-Seltzer
  • Safety of ingredients
  • H2 (histimine 2) blockers
  • Pepcid, Tagamet, Zantac
  • The safety of histamine 2 (H2) blockers in pregnancy: a meta-analysis
  • PPIs (proton pump inhibitors)
  • Prevacid (lansoprazole), Aciphex (rabeprazole), Protonix (pantoprazole), Nexium (esomeprazole)
  • Review article: the management of heartburn in pregnancy
  • Cochrane Review: Interventions for Heartburn In Pregnancy
  • Acupuncture
  • Pregnancy folklore revisited: the case of heartburn and hair
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