Maalox during pregnancy - used with caution

June 10th, 2012

 Maalox pregnancy
 Maalox is not a safe drug for pregnant women, as is sometimes written on the Internet. Maalox major danger is that with prolonged use, it can cause an increased content of mania in the blood of newborn - gipermagniemiya.

 Maalox during pregnancy - used with caution

Why pregnant women to take Maalox

The main reason for the frequent and sometimes uncontrolled taking Maalox pregnant women is that many of them the whole pregnancy is accompanied by constant heartburn. Particularly severe heartburn develops late in pregnancy.

The main cause of heartburn is the hormonal changes and increased intra-abdominal pressure. Against the background of hormonal changes relax the smooth muscles of the gastrointestinal tract, including the sphincter (circular muscle, closing the output of any opening of the hollow body), located between the stomach and esophagus. Increased intra-abdominal pressure contributes to the release of stomach contents into the lumen of the esophagus, causing irritation of its walls and burning sensation - heartburn. During pregnancy may also increase the acidity of gastric juice.

If heartburn is not too worried about a woman, her trying to reduce with a special diet and daily routine. But sometimes it does not help heartburn begins some time after eating and lasts from a few minutes to an hour or more, repeating several times a day, and seeking in any physical exertion.

 Maalox during pregnancy - used with caution

How to be a pregnant woman, if she had constant heartburn

In this case, many of the women on their own and take Maalox uncontrollably. But it's not right. Maalox during pregnancy can be taken no more than three consecutive days, or is a threat of a newborn baby hypermagnesemia - high content of magnesium in the blood.

The most correct to refer to the complaints of heartburn to the women's clinic physician who has specialized training in the use of drugs in pregnant women. Typically, a physician will recommend non-drug combination of tools and techniques to prescription drugs such as Maalox.

Maalox - a combined preparation, which consists of aluminum hydroxide and magnesium hydroxide. Both preparations substantially not absorbed into the blood and act locally in the upper gastrointestinal tract. They reduce gastric acidity, a protective film coated with mucous membranes and is withdrawn from the gastrointestinal tract substances which may have a negative impact on it.

Maalox - is effective, but toxic drug. He does not have teratogenic (causes malformations), mutagenic (causes changes at the genetic level) or embryotoxic (toxic effects on the fetus) action.

However, with prolonged use at high doses Maalox nevertheless enters the bloodstream and it can cause various side effects. One such side effect is the development of hypermagnesemia newborn child. Another side effect is an excess of aluminum in the blood - a reduction in the blood levels of phosphorus, which can adversely affect metabolism Metabolism: The basis of life of all living things  Metabolism: The basis of life of all living things
   in the brain and the development of encephalopathy in a pregnant woman.

 Maalox during pregnancy - used with caution

Symptoms in newborns hypermagnesemia

Gipermagniemiya neonatal develops when administered during pregnancy large doses of drugs containing magnesium, for example, in the treatment of toxicosis second half of pregnancy (gestosis) magnesium sulfate is often used, and in the treatment of heartburn Heartburn - no cause for concern?  Heartburn - no cause for concern?
   - Drugs possessing alkalizing effect and containing magnesium, including Maalox.

Large concentrations of magnesium in the blood are able to cause peripheral neuromuscular blockade, as the famous Indian poison curare. Gipermagniemiya manifested in different ways, it all depends on the general condition of the newborn and the concentration of magnesium in the blood. First of all, there is almost always central nervous system depression as a weakness, lethargy, weak cry, decreased reflexes and muscle tone, low blood pressure Blood pressure - dangerous if his swing?  Blood pressure - dangerous if his swing?
 , A rare heart rate, disturbances of consciousness, breathing and cardiac activity. There may come a stop breathing Stop breathing (apnea) during sleep - upper airway obstruction  Stop breathing (apnea) during sleep - upper airway obstruction
   and heart.

Often these children have to be treated in the ICU.

Maalox - a quality drug that produces a reliable pharmaceutical company Gedeon Richter (Hungary). This company has always warned about all, even the most minor side effects of drugs. In particular, she warns about the possible side effects of Maalox during pregnancy.

Galina Romanenko

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Can I drink alcohol during pregnancy?

April 18, 2012

  • Can I drink alcohol during pregnancy?
  • What you should know
  • First days

 drinking alcohol during pregnancy
 When you drink alcoholic beverages during pregnancy, at the same time consume alcohol and your child. Alcohol easily penetrates through the placenta to the baby. Drinking alcohol increases the risk of embryo alcohol syndrome - a whole range of birth defects, is that alcohol consumption during pregnancy.

 Can I drink alcohol during pregnancy?

Facts about alcohol

  • Alcohol - a teratogen. Teratogen - a toxic substance that is considered to be very harmful to humans.
  • Alcohol easily penetrates through the placental barrier. When you drink alcohol, at the same time it uses, and your child. Since the baby is not fully formed, alcohol is cleaved much more slowly - and it means that the toxic substances contained in alcoholic beverages remain in the baby's blood much longer than in the blood of pregnant women. This may lead to considerable damage on the stage of development of the fetus Fetal development - week after week  Fetal development - week after week
  • Absolutely all drinks containing alcohol can be harmful to the child. Of a "safe amount" of alcohol that can be consumed during pregnancy without harm to the child, does not exist.

 Can I drink alcohol during pregnancy?

How alcohol affects the development of the baby during pregnancy?

The body of the child develops during all nine months of pregnancy. During the first four weeks of pregnancy, the developing heart, central nervous system, eyes, hands and feet. Around the third week of pregnancy, the baby's brain begins to form, the development of which continues until the end of pregnancy. During the third trimester, rapidly increasing the size of the child's body. Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol on any of these important stages of development of the child's organism can cause serious deviations.

Drinking alcohol during pregnancy (especially permanent) can lead to the development of so-called embryonic alcohol syndrome, which is considered one of the most common causes of mental retardation Mental retardation - if the mind is underdeveloped  Mental retardation - if the mind is underdeveloped
   and developmental delays in young children. Drinking during pregnancy can cause a very unpleasant consequences for the health of the child. Among them:

  • Mental retardation
  • Birth defects of the skeleton and internal organs (especially with respect to the heart and brain)
  • The lag in mental and physical development, stunted growth
  • Problems with memory, attention, perception and assimilation of new information (learning difficulty)
  • Central nervous system disorders
  • Dysmotility

Drinking alcohol in large quantities during pregnancy can also affect the appearance of the baby too small eyes, short nose, hollow cheeks, thin lips - a common consequence of the impact of alcohol on the body of the child during the period of its formation.

 Can I drink alcohol during pregnancy?

The safe amount of alcohol

No such thing as a "safe amount" of alcohol consumed does not exist. The greater the number of alcohol consumed, the greater the risk of birth defects in the child. The most dangerous for the health of the child during pregnancy eating more than five servings of alcohol in a row, or more than seven drinks per week - but safe norm is regarded as the amount in any case should not be.