Roughly 3 weeks after I had my son, Gunner, I experienced acid reflux for the first time in my life. I thought it was gas, but after some time, and eliminating things from my diet I figured out it was acid reflux.
I have had tooth aches, sprained ankles, and went through labour. Nothing, and I mean nothing hurt like experiencing acid reflux. It feels like my chest is about to explode.
I’m still figuring things out as I’m only 5 months postpartum. I’m going to tell you what has bothered me, and what has helped me.
*All of these are my personal findings. Everything is different for everyone so keep that in mind.*
I learned this the hard way because I LOVE tomatoes. I’m one of those people that can eat it like an apple. When I thought it was gas I continued to eat tomatoes, bad idea. I can eat it during the day, but not in large amounts. I find it’s better to eat it earlier in the day when I am more active, rather than sitting or laying down after eating.
This one was a hard one to learn. If you know me, you know I love champagne, so this was a hard one to figure out.
I am self diagnosed semi lactose intolerant. It only bothers me sometimes so I’ve never seen anyone about it. It also only bothers me sometimes with acid reflux so it’s hard to know to cut it out completely.
4. Spicy foods.
I had Chinese a few weeks ago, (at night) and ate a few spicy pieces. Man was that a bad idea. I suffered for 24 hours, no relief, just constant pain. Won’t do that again.
1. Pepcid AC
Pepcid usually helps me within 15 to 20 minutes. I take the maximum strength. Depending on what I’m eating I will take it before I eat, and I don’t have issues. Now because I’m still figuring things out I don’t always catch it, and I pay for it later, like a few mornings ago… Up at 4am, two Pepcid AC, one Nexium, gum, lactose free milk, and I’m still up at 6am.
I wanted to make sure that I was okay so I have been to the doctor a few times. I was put on Nexium. I take it twice a day, morning and night. I keep stopping after I don’t have flare ups, don’t stop taking it until you know it has gone away completely. I’m learning this the hard way.
Peppermint bothers some people so be careful of that. Gum has helped a lot. Chewing gum creates more saliva and helps push the acid back down.
Keep drinking water. Lots and lots of water. I love ice cold water, but I have to stay away from it if I have an attack. It doesn’t hurt, but doesn’t help either. Room temperature is the best.
5. Lactose Free Milk
I’ve found it helps a bit. My mother in law drinks almond milk and it helps her a lot as she also suffers from acid reflux.
6. Sit Up or Walk
Don’t lay down after eating. You will regret it. Sit up, go for a walk, do some dishes, something that will keep you upright so the acid can settle in your stomach. If you are in a lot of pain, like I usually am, all you will want to do is lay down…don’t.
7. DigestZen by Doterra
This has been my BIGGEST relief!!!! My oils dealer, yes that’s what I call my supplier haha, is amazing and pointed me in the direction of DigestZen. I have empty capsules so I just got the oil to fill them with. The oil can also be used in a diffuser for relief (haven’t tried it yet though). DigestZen also comes in chewables and capsules.
It works very quickly for me. I am so happy I found this because this has been amazing for me.
Ladies, I know this has been a long post, but I hope this was worth the read and hope you get some relief.
Good luck, Cravers!