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Dealing with Gas Flatulence during pregnancy

Dealing with Gas Flatulence during pregnancy

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Feeling bloated due to gas is common during pregnancy and it can cause abdominal pain and discomfort.

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

Causes of increased gas formation during pregnancy:

  • Relaxation of the digestive tract muscles by pregnancy hormones that slows down the digestion.
  • Increased pressure on the large intestine due to the growing uterus. This obstructs bowel movements, results in constipation and leads to gas build-up.

These changes can leave you with bloating, burping, passing gas or abdominal pain particularly after a heavy meal. Being sensitive to your body and making a few dietary and lifestyle changes can help you reduce these symptoms during pregnancy.

Identify the culprits

You may be more sensitive to certain foods than others. Identify such foods that bother you and limit their intake while making sure you eat healthy. Keeping a diary of foods eaten and symptoms experienced can help you spot the culprits. In general, watch out for these foods that can cause increased gas formation:

  • Starch foods such as pasta and potatoes
  • Fibre-rich foods such as oats, beans
  • Vegetables such as cabbage and cauliflower
  • Milk products such as milk and cheese (especially if you have trouble in digesting these foods)
  • Fried and fatty foods

Control habits that make you swallow air and can lead to gas such as chewing gum/sweet candy, drinking carbonated beverages, using straw/bottle and gulping while drinking ( and not taking small sips).

Reduce the amount of air you gulp down

Eating small and frequent meals in a relaxed atmosphere, chewing food well can help you swallow less air. Practicing that childhood advice you received of not talking while eating can also help.

Exercise regularly for normal bowel movements

Regular exercise will help you keep your bowel movements normal and help prevent constipation- induced gas production.3 Walking for 10–15 minutes after a meal can also help.

Drink plenty of water3

Water will not only hydrate you but will aid in regular bowel movements. Drink 8–10 glasses of water and 1–2 glasses of juices.

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