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At my last OB appointment, I was running through my list of questions. My final question was, “What kinds of cough suppressants can I take while pregnant?” because I had this cough that was just lingering (I didn’t tell her the lingering part–just asked the question). She told me, we wrapped up, and she started to leave.
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.