Bloating in Pregnancy



Bloating in Pregnancy

This is by far the most uncomfortable feeling anyone can have and to think it will last for days, be gone for a couple of hours and you are back at it again, does nothing to ease the discomfort. Bloating is caused by excess gas in the body and can sometimes be painful and is often experienced by most pregnant women, from early pregnancy and can last through out the pregnancy period.

So what causes bloating in pregnancy?

Progesterone hormone is essential for your body during pregnancy to remain healthy. Despite its healthy cause, it is known to trigger bloating, burping and farting. Progesterone hormone usually relaxes smooth muscle tissues within your body and gastrointestinal tract as well. During this process, the digestion is altered and therefore the nutrients present in the food travel into the bloodstream, to reach your baby. This slow process of digestion causes gas, burping, bloating, flatulence and miserable sensations in the tract.

With the progressing pregnancy, the uterus begins to compete with the stomach and intestines for space.  This also causes bloating. The uterus occupies more space in the pelvic region, and you also tend to constipate often. The hormonal changes also alter digestion and can cause weight gain too.

Foods that most likely cause bloating

  • The foods most likely to cause wind are those containing un-absorbable carbohydrates. Your body can’t digest these types of carbohydrates properly.

These foods include:

  • beans
  • cabbage
  • cauliflower
  • prunes
  • artichokes
  • asparagus
  • broccoli
  • brussels sprouts


How to prevent bloating

  1. Cut Off On Refined Sugars:

Avoid drinking carbonated drinks and sweetened fruit juices. If you have a sweet tooth, opt for some fresh fruits such as apricots, peaches and bananas. Also, avoid having chewing gum and slimming foods as they contain sorbitol contributing to wind and bloating.

  1. Intake Foods Rich In Fiber:

Add a decent number of fibers in your diet this helps to keep your bowel movement regular. Remember, start adding fiber at a slow pace, don’t overdo.

  1. Exercise:

A great way to deal with bloating issue is to exercise daily, be it a walk for about 10 to 15 minutes after food. Regular and mild exercise, even a brisk walk around your house or garden, can help your sluggish digestive tract.



4. Fluids

Drinking plenty of water will keep you hydrated as it encourages proper bowel movements and prevents bloating and constipation.

5. Smaller Meals

Split your food meals into 5 to 6 portions rather than taking three portions of meals. This will help to reduce the bloated feeling throughout the day.

6. Food Chioce

You are your own judge, as you know which foods cause you feel bloated. Pay attention to what you eat.

7. Fenugreek Seeds

Fenugreek seeds are a goo home remedy to get rid of bloating; it’s an Indian culture practice. Just soak handful of fenugreek seeds in a glass of water overnight and then the next morning discard the seeds.

8. Avoid Stressful Situations

Your family and doctor will always ask you to take things easy and relax because tension can cause you to swallow too much air both during meals and during day. While stress does not directly cause any pregnancy complication, it has been proved that prolonged stress can have a negative impact on the pregnant mom’s body and also the baby she is carrying. Therefore, try not to talk or discuss on subjects that upset you, rather stay positive and be optimistic.

What else can I do to get relief?

  • If you have already been suffering from constipation, take measures since it can cause flatulence and abdominal bloating
  • Take your time and chew thoroughly. Don’t talk while you’re eating.
  • Limit how much you drink during meals. You can make up for it during the rest of the day.
  • Drink from a cup or glass ­– not from a bottle or through a straw – and don’t gulp your beverages.
  • Sit up while you’re eating or drinking, even if you’re just having a small snack.
  • Don’t chew gum or suck on hard candies.
  • Don’t smoke. In addition to contributing to a host of serious health problems, smoking boosts stomach acidity. (Ideally, this is a habit you should break before getting pregnant.
  • Consider practicing yoga or a similar discipline to learn relaxation and good breathing techniques. Some people who are prone to hyperventilating tend to swallow more air when they’re excited or anxious.
  • Make sure you wear loose clothing, as tight fitting pants may contribute to your bloating.

N.B Call your doctor if severe diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, constipation or blood in your stool accompanies your bloating. Wish you all the very best! Have more effective methods to get rid of bloating during pregnancy? Share them with us.



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