Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Use of Heartburn Medication in Pregnancy and Asthma Risk
(proton pump inhibitors, H2 receptor antagonists) during pregnancy have . Researchers Devine, McCleary, Sheikh, and Nwaru did a systematic review of 8 previous studies which involved more than 1.3 million children. The researchers found that any use of heartburn medication in pregnancy was associated with the resulting children having a higher risk of asthma development in comparison to children who were born to mothers that did not take heartburn medication during pregnancy As well a higher dosage of heartburn medication in pregnancy was associated with a further higher risk of the resulting children developing asthma. The information in this article helps to highlight the importance of integrating safe supports for managing heartburn during pregnancy. From a naturopathic perspective, safe supports include eating smaller, more frequent meals, aiming to avoid heartburn triggering foods (which include spicy food, mint, citrus, tomatoes, onions, garlic, caffeine), integrating a liquid calcium magnesium supplement.