Gas problems during pregnancy

Gas problems during pregnancy

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Many women feel that during pregnancy they pass more gas than usual, or their stomach swells more, even feeling pain.

Gas is formed in the digestive system in two ways: when you swallow air and when bacteria in your colon (large intestine) break down undigested food. Most gas in the stomach is produced by swallowing air and is usually released by burping.

The cause of this problem, like many typical pregnancy complaints, it's the hormones. Specifically, the high levels of progesterone, which by relaxing the smooth muscles of the digestive system, slows digestion, which produces flatulence, and unpleasant sensations in the abdominal area, especially after a large meal.

It is very common for women to report having a lot of gas during the first trimester, then improvement in the second trimester, but at the end the uterus is larger, and presses on the stomach, which causes the annoying sensation to increase again during digestion. In addition, this may increase heartburn.

1. Try to eliminate from your diet those foods that you know cause you gas.

2. Eat five meals a day, varied and small.

3. Do not eat fried, or highly processed foods that make you have heavy digestions.

4. People who do not have a lactose tolerance may find that dairy products make them gassy. If you are highly intolerant to dairy products, you probably knew it before your pregnancy, since dairy may have caused diarrhea and abdominal pain.

5. Eat slowly and chew well. Remember that digestion begins in the mouth.

6. Prevent clothing from tightening your waist (pants, socks ...)

7. Do not eat gum, it produces a lot of gases.

8. Exercise regularly, as it helps to mobilize and eliminate gas.

9. Avoid constipation, as it can contribute to flatulence and the feeling of bloating.

10. Attentive to infusions, which by being natural does not mean that they are safe during pregnancy. Many of them may be contraindicated.

If with these simple measures you do not notice improvement, make an appointment with your midwife, she will guide you towards those safe measures for you and your baby.

Sara Canamero de Leon
Director and midwife at MaterNatal
Blog MatronaMadrid

Specialty in Obstetric-Gynecological Nursing

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