Why have so many gases now that I’m pregnant?
All people, pregnant or not, have gas. The truth is that we let go, on average, 15 puns or burps per day, since these gases need to go somewhere.
During pregnancy, this amount can increase, so do not be alarmed if you start to have to burp when you least expect it, or if you need to unbutton his pants to relieve that terrible feeling of being steamed.
This happens due to higher levels of progesterone in the body of pregnant women. The hormone relaxes the tissues of the body including the gastrointestinal tract. This muscle relaxation slows down the digestive process, which can result in more gases and uncomfortable in my stomach, especially after heavier meals.
In the final stages of pregnancy preparing maternity luggage, the uterus greater dominates the abdominal cavity, slowing further digestion and pressing the stomach, hence worsening discomfort after meals.
Heartburn and constipation are also common during pregnancy, even for those who never had it before.
Where are the gases?
The gases are trapped in the digestive tract in two ways: when you swallow air and when bacteria in the colon (large intestine) break down undigested food. Most of the gases in the stomach resulting from air swallowed and is usually released through burping, although a small amount can continue down and leave the body in the form of flatulence.
The main “guilty” by excess gases are certain types of carbohydrates. Proteins and fats are not significant sources, although fats slow the digestion and contribute to the feeling of fullness and swollen belly.
Dietary changes can improve the gas?
The best way is by eliminating or decreasing the foods that seem to cause gas and the feeling of being stuffed. The difficulty is that, if we cut them all at the same time, it will be too complicated to maintain a balanced diet.
Start, so, setting aside the most common villains:
• Legumes (beans, peas, lentils)
• Broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts
If any sign of improvement, slowly go by placing one by one back to your feed to try to identify precisely which of them should be avoided altogether. Another alternative is to consume them with a preparation or monitoring different.
Some women make a sort of diary to help you remember which foods cause more gas.
Lactose intolerant people also tend to have gas when consuming dairy products. Typically, women who suffer this problem know that before getting pregnant, especially in more severe cases, in which the consumption of milk products might even cause diarrhea and abdominal pain.
As nowadays most of the supermarkets in the country already counts with soy milk and derivatives made, look for these products to see if it fits.
Finally, try to avoid fatty foods and fried foods. Although they do not cause gases specifically, they decrease the rate of digestion and often cause discomfort.
What else can I do to have less gas?
• do not make large meals; Instead, look for feed slowly, throughout the day.
• don’t talk while you are eating. Eat slowly and chew well.
• limit your intake of fluids during meals.
• drink in glasses, not straight from the bottle or with straws.
• Avoid carbonated drinks.
• wear loose clothing and comfortable; avoid any tightness in the waist and tummy.
• do not suck gum or hard candies.
• Avoid artificially sweetened products based on sorbitol.
• work out–even walking helps.
• do not smoke.
• consider attending a yoga course to learn breathing techniques and relaxation.
Can I take medicine for gases?
Dimethicone is harmless for pregnant women, and is typically prescribed by obstetricians to relieve any pain, but talk to your doctor before taking any medicine.
Gases can be a sign of other problems?
Seek medical advice if the discomfort look more like abdominal pain or cramping, especially if it’s on one side, if there are diarrhea, constipation or strong increase in nausea and vomiting.
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