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It may not be the most glamourous side effect of pregnancy, but it's a common one:
Gas & Bloating
You're pregnant. Why are you suddenly so gassy?
Blame progesterone. It relaxes smooth muscle tissue throughout your body, including your gastrointestinal tract.
What do you get in return?
Can changing my diet help?
The best way to reduce gas is to cut back on the foods that are most likely to cause it.
Beans, whole grains, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and asparagus.
What else can I do to get relief?
Minimize the amount of air you swallow when you eat or drink:
- Chew thoroughly
- Limit how much you drink during meals (you can make up for it during the rest of the day)
- Drink from a cup or glass (avoid straws)
Move! Even a brisk walk can aid digestion.
Call your doctor if:
- Your intestinal discomfort ever feels more like abdominal pain or cramping
- You have blood in your stool, severe diarrhea, constipation, or increased nausea and vomiting
Like all unpleasant pregnancy symptoms, remember this too will pass.