During pregnancy, a woman will notice that her body changes and suffers from ailments that she had not felt before. A very common one is having a high amount of gases. These can be accompanied by bloating, ailments in the belly and / or the back of the back . Although all pregnant women usually suffer from them, especially during the first trimester of pregnancy after eating, at PregDream we tell you some tricks to avoid them or cope better.
WHY DO I HAVE GAS DURING PREGNANCY?
There are different reasons why you have more gas than usual during pregnancy. During the first trimester our body is adapting to all the changes. One of them is the increase in progesterone, the hormone responsible for relaxing the smooth muscle tissue of our body. Within this muscle tissue is the digestive system, which once relaxed takes longer to digest.
Slow digestion can mean stomach pain, heartburn , bloating, and unwanted gas. It might seem to us that after the first trimester our body will have gotten used to these changes, but unfortunately this is not the case.
While we are in a state of pregnancy, our hormones are constantly revolutionized and, the closer we are to delivery , the more differences we will notice in our body. When your baby is close to being born, the part of your hips will begin to adapt for the time of delivery, that is, the uterus will swell and that will make it press on the stomach .
If digestion was already slow after the meal, now with the uterus pressing with the stomach we will find it even more difficult to cope with the ailments after meals. We may continue to feel the same symptoms as before: such as heartburn, bloating, pain and gas, but we may also feel others, such as constipation . Therefore, it is normal that both from the beginning to the last days of pregnancy your belly feels harder and swollen and you have the need to burp and flatulence.
HOW TO REDUCE GAS DURING PREGNANCY
It is very difficult to completely eliminate gas and bloating during pregnancy. However, we can use some methods to reduce the amount of gas, in addition to the pain and discomfort that these entail. One of the ways to reduce them is to modify our diet , for example, reduce the consumption of all those foods that cause us gas: such as beans, broccoli, cauliflower and soft drinks.
We should also avoid foods that normally produce heartburn or stomach ailments, as these will multiply during pregnancy due to slow digestion. To keep our intestinal flora healthy, we must eat yogurt and dairy products daily . We must also avoid all those foods that constipate us, since if we cannot make our stomach the number of gases multiplies, these accompanied by abdominal pain and bloating.
Therefore, we have to avoid eating potatoes, apples and bananas in excess , because these are some of the foods that make it difficult for us to go to the bathroom regularly. It is also very important to be relaxed, since stress and anxiety affect the digestive system of many people. Therefore, every time you have to eat, do it sitting (never standing) and take your time to finish the meals.
After eating, lie down on the couch or in bed and rest for a while. In this way, you will make it easier for the stomach to digest. Think that this will be slower than usual, so do not make any physical effort after eating or until after an hour and a half or you will aggravate the pain and gas. If, still lying down after eating, you feel your belly bloated and you have a lot of gas, you can have a chamomile, it will help you digestion and will also make you feel calmer.
Thus, it is completely normal to have gas during pregnancy and we should not panic . If you see that you cannot go to the bathroom for a few days or that the pain is very bad, you should see your doctor as soon as possible. If not, try to use our tips to reduce gas during pregnancy and that this discomfort allows you to enjoy one of the happiest moments of your life.