Dealing With Gas During Pregnancy

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Gas during pregnancy can be one of the most confusing phenomenons during a beautiful experiences in a woman’s life.

We recently received the following question from an AskDrManny user:

Dear Dr. Manny,
I’m 6 months pregnant and have terrible gas. What’s the deal?

Dealing with gas during pregnancy may be embarrassing, but you’re not alone. Early on in pregnancy, an increase in the hormone progesterone can slow your digestion, leaving more time for gas to form in your intestines.

As the baby grows, crowding in your abdomen can increase this phenomenon and leave you feeling more bloated than you have felt before your pregnancy.

Additionally, pregnancy hormones can also have a relaxing effect on your muscles, this relaxation of muscles can make it hard to control gas during pregnancy.

But there are things you can try to get some relief in dealing with gas during pregnancy:

  • Get moving! Exercise can aid digestion — but check with your doctor to make sure it’s safe for you.
  • Eat right and drink lots of water.
  • Slow down; you swallow more air when you eat quickly, which can add to your gas problem.
  • Eat small meals throughout the day rather than big meals that overload your digestive system.
  • Avoid foods that can cause gas, including cabbage, beans and anything fried.
  • Watch your weight; too much excess weight can put pressure on your digestive tract and increase your risk of other complications.
Read More: Strategies to deal with gas while pregnant.

When all else fails, antacids or over-the-counter gas medications can provide some relief – but always check with your doctor before taking them.

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