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Trying to conveive with GERD

My husband and I have been trying to conceive since August and my doctor took me off a medication that was working well (Protonix) for my GERD because she thought it could be bad for a pregnancy.

For about a month now my stomach has had bloating and mild pain (like gas pain) every day, especially after eating, as well as a gurgly feeling when I try to swallow. It's really uncomfortable and obviously makes eating uncomfortable. Perhaps because of this, I have lost weight (I'm 5'6" and now weigh about 111-112).

I've been treating with Tums 1x a day and Zantac 2x a day (this is what the doc prescribed back in August) and following all the GERD rules (don't eat late at night, etc.). No change.

I feel kind of trapped, because I don't want to give up trying for a baby if on Protonix. However, I'm also wondering if being underweight could hurt my chances of getting preggo- I have a short luteal phase right now and have read that this could be connected to being underweight.

Any thoughts would be really appreciated. Especially from the doc or anyone who has had GERD while pregnant or ttc.

Thank you!
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Reflux usually develops towards the end of second trimester and persists until delivery.

Antacids like Tums, H2RA may be tried.
There are five PPIs available of which four are safe during pregnancy ( Category B drugs which means No evidence of risk in humans). Protonix is one among these four and hence safe during pregnancy.

Only Prilosec (Omeprazole) is not safe during pregnancy as it is a Category C drug (which means Risk can not be ruled out).

Disk with your doctor about starting Protonix again.
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