Gases during pregnancy

What if you are concerned about gas during pregnancy?

Gases in early pregnancy

In the early stages of pregnancy, the body produces a huge amount of the hormone progesterone, which, as it turned out, is the root cause of the evoked digestive problems. The fact is that progesterone has a relaxing effect on the muscles, including the gastrointestinal tract. As a result, digestion slows down, the stomach swells and bursts, there is discomfort in the stomach and increased flatulence. Especially often it happens after a dense dinner.

The gas enters the stomach together with air and is a natural by-product of the digestion of food by intestinal bacteria. In this case, most of the gases are excreted by eructation. However, the fact that some of the gases continue to move downward and go outside also should not be ruled out.

The most common manifestation of flatulence occurs due to the fact that the digestive tract can not cope with its work and can not digest the food that the pregnant woman used during the day. Most often, gases arise after eating legumes, cabbage and asparagus. Also puffy, plum, carbonated drinks and even dairy products can provoke flatulence. Some pregnant women have problems with digestion after eating pasta and potatoes. Moreover, it is important to know, that foods rich in fiber (vegetables, fruits, bran) cause gas formation due to the fact that it is normal for them to split in the large intestine. The question arises: what to do to avoid gas during pregnancy? We will discuss this further.

Gases during pregnancy: what to do?

When answering a question, we decided to give some tips that will help you avoid the increased gas generation and regain your self-confidence:

  • Try to eat five meals a day in order to avoid problems with digestion - Six times a day - this will allow you to accustom the body to proper nutrition and metabolism;
  • When going to a meal, do not rush and try to chew food slowly to prevent air from getting into the stomach;
  • minimize the use of foods that can cause flatulence and adversely affect the digestive process. Eliminate some vegetables: cabbage, legumes and replace them with no less useful, but more "safe" vegetable crops. Note that it is impossible to completely exclude vegetables from the diet, as they are part of a healthy diet;
  • trapeznichaya, try to sit straight, so as not to provoke squeezing of the stomach;
  • Avoid pressure in the abdominal area - this also applies to the wardrobe. Therefore, wear comfortable and free clothes;
  • Avoid foods that contain sorbitol (chewing gum, as a rule) - they slow the absorption of this sweetener and can enhance gas formation;
  • active lifestyle and walking tours contribute to the normalization of digestion, so try to be as often as possible to be out in the fresh air;
  • Minimize the use of carbonated beverages, non-alcoholic beers and coffee.

As you can see, getting rid of flatulence is not so difficult, you need to make minimum efforts and everything will be fine. However, if gas formation is accompanied by severe abdominal pain, diarrhea, or vomiting, consult a doctor immediately.

Take care and be healthy!

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