Bloating And Gas During Pregnancy: Causes And Remedies
Gas, burps, and flatulence – could be embarrassing. Most people pass gas ten to 20 times a day on average (1). And if we look at the average passing of gas during pregnancy, this number seems to go many notches up. But do not fret! Here are some easy ways of reducing gas and bloating during pregnancy.
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Additionally, some pregnant women who are sensitive or intolerant to certain foods may experience excessive wind after eating those foods. For instance, if you have lactose intolerance and consume milk or other dairy products, you might experience extreme bloating. This is a result of your body’s insufficient natural production of the lactase enzyme, which is necessary to break down the lactose (sugar) in dairy products.
Some foods are difficult for many people to digest. After consuming these foods, a person’s body may produce a lot of gas during digestion. These foods include:
You may burp if you eat quickly and swallow air that gets stuck in your digestive tract. Similar to how your body creates gas when food is broken down by bacteria in your large intestine, which needs to be expelled from one end or the other.
When it comes to pregnancy, we must accept that having gas is inevitable. Exercise after a substantial meal, such as walking or even sitting with your legs raised, can relieve abdominal tension and lessen the pain associated with bloating.
Eating three nutritious meals a day can help prevent having too much gas while pregnant. By dividing three large meals into several smaller ones, you can improve your body’s digestion and prevent bloating and gas.
Avoid foods that give people gas, including pregnant women, such as beans, cabbage, onions, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, asparagus, pears, apples, prunes, peaches, whole grain products, milk, ice cream, cheese, and carbonated beverages that contain artificial sweeteners.
Keeping a daily journal of your meals can help you identify when to change your diet or routine if there are specific times of the day when you experience the most gas.
Here are 4 ways to reduce gas and bloating while pregnant, rather than denying it or fearing it: