You’ve probably heard the folktale that a lot of heartburn means that your baby will have a lot of hair; this probably isn’t true, but dreams of a well-coiffed baby undoubtedly won’t make your pain any better.

Heartburn aka acid reflux aka GERD is a common problem during pregnancy and gets worse throughout the third trimester for most women as the uterus grows and puts more pressure on the stomach. If you have occasional symptoms, avoiding trigger foods and using TUMS may be enough. For persistent symptoms, it is okay to use over-the-counter medications like TUMS, Gaviscon, Maalox, or Mylanta, as well as OTC or prescription antacid medications such as proton pump inhibitors (omeprazole, pantoprazole) and antihistamines (cimetidine).

Click here for a list of medicines that are safe to use during pregnancy.