I've made it to 31 weeks today. And you've made it 31 weeks without my coming on here and making too many pregnancy complaints. You're probably wishing I made it to term without complaining but I'm sorry, your luck has run out.
I mentioned the other day that I have raging acid reflux. I do and it's hideous. I'm actually scared to eat because even water will trigger it.
Doctors say to take anti-acids and I do, but only one or two tablets per day and I'm afraid to take anymore due to articles stating that there is an increase of food allergies in children of mothers who took anti-acids during pregnancy. Is this true? Are these studies proven? I don't know and I'm not wanting to test it. In fact, I feel guilty taking the 2 tablets that I do, but it's gotten to the point where it's beyond uncomfortable and moved into debilitating. I ate handfuls at a time when pregnant with Older Boy (no food allergies there) and only took a few with the Little Man as I didn't have it that bad with him (multiple life threatening food allergies).
So in desperation I go the internet to find out what I can eat. Because I'm tired of plain rice and again, eating rice every day isn't a good rotation diet to try and prevent food allergies.
There is NO help on the internet. NOTHING. NADA. RIEN. Some articles will tell you which foods you should avoid: spicy food, tomatoes, caffeine, mint, citrus fruits, chocolate, fatty, greasy foods, alcohol (if you are pregnant and have not given up alcohol, you have bigger problems than reflux). They tell you to eat several small meals instead of big ones. Sleep sitting up (because that's comfortable when you are almost 8 months pregnant).
Oh then there's the ones that say drink mint tea (I thought I was supposed to be avoiding tea while pregnant and mint for the reflux??), eat the skin of grapefruit (I thought I was supposed to avoid citrus and who eats the skin?), etc.
There aren't any articles that tell you what you SHOULD eat unless you count the ambiguous "low fat protein and whole grains".
I have no answers at this point as to how to make this better but if I figure it out before this pregnancy ends, I'm writing a book and handing it out for FREE to anyone who is pregnant. It's sad that the only advice you can get or find is to avoid foods you can't or shouldn't eat anyway and to take anti-acids which may or may not increase food allergies.
Ok, end of rant. Resume normal activity. Nothing to see here...