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Crazy busy week over here in Belle Land. Coming home from vacation is drag enough. Add in a zillion things on my to-do list and basically no energy and you get, well, a disorganized mess! Before I head to Louisville on business, though, I wanted to let you in on my latest and greatest discovery – Wintergreen TUMS.

FACT ABOUT BELLE: She hates cherry-flavored anything.

I was fed a lot of cherry-flavored medications as a kid for chronic sinus problems and upper respiratory infections. Because of this, cherry anything conjures up not so stellar memories of being sick on the couch, or, worse, sick at school and mouth breathing.* Today I avoid cherries and cherry-flavored anything like the plague.

Not liking cherry has never really been an issue for me. When a dessert comes out with a cherry on top I instantly gain popularity from my dining company by offering it up since everyone else on earth seems to love cherries. On the occasions I’m sick and I am faced with a cherry flavored medicine (because I’m five at heart and still take kid flavored cough syrup when not pregnant) I chase it with a huge glass of OJ to mask the flavor.

Until pregnancy. I have been having some fierce indigestion since about 7 weeks. It seems that the larger Chicken becomes, the greater my indigestion becomes and now I’m a big, indigested crabby pregnant lady. TUMS have become my absolute best friend. Within minutes of chomping a few I feel instant relief. The problem, though, is that almost all flavors of TUMS include cherry in the bottle and pregnant Belle has a nose like a blood hound meaning ALL TUMS SMELL LIKE CHERRY. And if it smells like cherry, I can usually taste cherry. I tried chasing my TUMS with OJ, but that only exasperated the indigestion. So I have been suffering through it for 30 weeks.

30 weeks of cherry flavored hell several times a day until one afternoon I stumbled upon Wintergreen TUMS. Gasp! No where in that bottle was there a cherry flavored anything. Y’all, maybe it is just because I’ve been suffering through cherry hell for months now, but these Wintergreen TUMS are awesome. They work, they taste great and they seem to be less chalky than all the other flavors and brands, and believe me, I’ve tried them all.

So that is my helpful tip for the day. If you are preggers and your digestive track is giving you hell and you also HATE the taste of cherry, try the Wintergreen TUMS!**

*I was not a cool kid!

**This is not a sponsored post. I’m really just dorky enough to get this excited about a freaking antacid! 🙂



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  1. May 1, 2013

    My helpful tip is for you to get a prescription from your OB for an antacid. I take one daily and the heartburn is seriously reduced!

    have you tried the “smoothie” flavored tums? So good! I LOVE them!

  2. May 1, 2013

    Belle, it is a little ridiculous how excited I get when I see you in my newsfeed. Seriously, I’m like, “Yay! Belle wrote something! I love Belle’s blog!”
    I’m glad you found relief from cherry hell–it’s amazing how wonderful the little things can be 🙂

  3. jak #
    May 1, 2013

    bhahahahaa!!! TOO FUNNY! total opposite here. when i was a kid and had bad asthma with every cold and no one could figure out why i was always coughing (which was in fact my body’s attempt to force open my bronchial passages) people always handed me f*cking peppermints!!!! ENOUGH WITH THE PEPPERMINTS THEY ARENT HELPING. so no, anytime i try and suck on a peppermint, my throat closes up in an obvious psychosomatic throw back to my childhood asthma frustrations. so, i hate peppermints flavored stuff (except ice cream), and i am on my third bottle of ‘berry’ flavored tums, which all taste pretty much like cherry, which i’m happy to consume because they dont cause my brain to shut my lungs down without my permission:)

    glad you’ve made it to your tums mecca.

  4. pegara #
    May 1, 2013

    I can’t handle the chalkiness of TUMS. I have found that the TUmS smoothies are great for no chalkiness. They have chocolate and vanilla flavours which taste pretty good but for some reason I can’t find them in the stores here anymore. Take a look for them though… No cherry just choco-yum

  5. May 1, 2013

    I’m the same way about banana flavoring … I have a small jaw and had to have EVERY SINGLE BABY TOOTH pulled, which back in the day meant lots of banana flavoring numbing gel. Ick, ick, ick to me now.

    Glad you found those. Indigestion sucks a big one…

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