Gas & Bloating during Pregnancy

Gas and Bloating is a common problem which may take time to disappear. It causes discomfort to the pregnant women with a 30% increase in its volume.

Causes

  • Gestational Diabetes: Due to high levels of sugar in your blood, you may get it in the third trimester causing bloating.
  • Obesity: Massive weight gain can make one bloated with gas problems.
  • Hormonal imbalance: Progesterone relaxes the muscles which also affects the digestive tract of a mother making her gassy and bloated.

The hormones relaxes all the smooth muscles of the body including the gastrointestinal tract causing digestion problems as a result of which the food stays in the digestive tract for longer developing gas and bloating after eating.

In Later Pregnancy

The growing uterus pressurizes the digestive tract thereby slowing down the digestion causing bloating and gas in the second and third trimesters.

Constipation and Indigestion are major risk factors for belching, gas and flatulence.

Is it an Early Sign of Pregnancy?

The high levels of the hormones relaxes the digestive tract muscles since the early weeks thereby making gas and bloating the earliest symptoms.

Foods causing Gas in Pregnancy

  • Cabbage
  • Broccoli
  • Asparagus
  • Beans
  • Cauliflower
  • Brussels sprouts

Gluten-rich Fiber foods like

  • Bread
  • Pasta
  • White rice
  • Oat Bran
  • Potatoes
  • Pears
  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Raspberries

Starchy foods

  • Potatoes
  • Wheat
  • Corn

Fructose foods

  • Fruity
  • Soda
  • Fizzy drinks
  • Alcohol
  • Coffee
  • Chewing gum
  • Dairy products
  • Artificial sweeteners

Prevention

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Avoid stress as it causes the extra production of gas in your body because you breathe in more air
  • Stool softeners, but consult your doctor before taking any laxative or stool softener like ‘Docusate’ to ease your digestive system.
  • Fiber supplements such as eating foods containing fiber and take fiber supplements like ‘Metamucil,’ ‘Citrucel’ or ‘Miralax’
  • Mild exercises, yoga, and meditation refresh the body making it active.
  • Eat small frequent meals
  • Cut down on caffeine
  •  Take some Fenugreek seeds and soak them in water. Drink this water.
  • Try to wear loose-fitting clothes especially near the stomach area.
  • Lemon mixed with warm water is a pain reliever and prevents gas.
  • Mix some lemon juice in warm water and drink it after a meal to keep your digestive tract in a healthy condition.
  • Herbal teas like Chamomile tea, Raspberry, and Mint tea aids the digestion and has specific healing properties.
  • Drumstick, loosens the stool making bowel movement to function properly.

Will it Affect the Baby?

It might see harmful but does not affect them and they lie safe in the uterus surrounded by amniotic fluid.

When to contact a doctor?

It does not harm, but if one sees these symptoms with gas and bloating, it’s better to consult a doctor soon.

  • Constipation
  • Blood in stools
  • Severe Diarrhea with gas
  • Severe pain in the Abdomen with bloating

References

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