Are Antacids Safe When Pregnant or Breastfeeding?

Are Antacids Safe When Pregnant or Breastfeeding?

An Uncomfortable Time

If you have ever been pregnant, chances are you know the perils of pregnancy heartburn. Pregnancy heartburn can be extremely potent, and you might be reaching for the Tums every five minutes! But, hang on a sec! Is it safe to take antacids during pregnancy? What about when you’re breastfeeding? Read on for the answers to these questions and more! Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

What You Can Take

It’s no secret that pregnancy heartburn, indigestion, or acid reflux, can be very uncomfortable as well as annoying. So, what’s the best thing to reach for? Chewable antacid tablets that are made from calcium carbonate are probably best. Magnesium based antacids like Pepto are not easily absorbed by the body during pregnancy, so calcium based solutions are probably best.

However, calcium carbonate is still in pregnancy safety category C by the FDA, meaning that infrequent use is probably best since not many human based studies have been done. Most doctors agree that taking these antacids medications infrequently during pregnancy, and only when you really need them, shouldn’t pose a problem.

What You Shouldn’t Take

During pregnancy, it is advisable to avoid magnesium based antacids like Pepto, since, like we already mentioned, they are not easily absorbed by the body during pregnancy. Any antacids that contain aluminum ingredients, like aluminum hydroxide or aluminum carbonate should also be avoided during pregnancy.

Anything that contains aspirin should be off the table as well. Alka Seltzer contains aspirin, so mark that off your shopping list, you don’t want any! Anything with baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) in it can also cause you to retain water, which is something you probably don’t want during pregnancy! As with any medication during pregnancy, make sure to use antacids in moderation and don’t use too many!

What About Breastfeeding?

There are no precautions listed by the FDA when it comes to the use of antacids during pregnancy. While taking magnesium or calcium based antacid supplements will pass them on to the baby via the breast milk, there is no information to indicate that this is harmful to the baby in any way.

While there is some calcium or magnesium passed on to the baby through the mother’s breast milk, it is usually no more than the amount that is usually found in infant formula, baby cereal or baby food. Of course, if you ever have any questions as to what is safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding make sure that you check with your doctor to be sure before you take anything that you are not 100% sure about.

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Alyssia Granger
Alyssia Granger | ConceiveEasy
Alyssia is mom to 2 giggley twin girls, Sophia and Emma, and son Hunter. She's a Southern girl, passionate about photography, travel and her husband Josh.