Then the House moment happened.
You know--House, the show?
"Do you find that you have heartburn constantly?" she asked.
"Yes." I replied, wondering why she asked. I always have heartburn when pregnant. Always.
She then explained about the sphincter relaxing during pregnancy due to the hormones released to help birth the baby...Yes, I know. This is my fifth pregnancy.
"And the number one cause for a chronic cough is reflux. You don't have a headcold or anything, so if you are coughing, it is probably due to reflux."
Lightbulb going off.
I coughed when laying down. I coughed immediately after eating. But other than that, I did not cough. This made sense!
She recommended I take Prilosec or another OTC reflux medication. "I know it is medicine, but it will help." See? She knows me. She knows how I hate taking medicine, especially when I am pregnant.
So I went home. I did not buy any medication, but I did take a nice drink of Mylanta every time I started a coughing fit, and it worked! And it continues to work!
So if you or your baby have a chronic cough, consider the possibility of it being caused by reflux.