Foods to avoid if flatulence is your nemesis

Flatulence during pregnancy can be attributed to various reasons. The increase in the levels of hormone progesterone, relaxing of stomach muscles, sluggish digestion, etc are all responsible for the gas.Gas can also be a natural by-product when undigested food is broken down by bacteria in the large intestine. Certain unabsorbable carbohydrates in food are responsible for this.Foods known to cause excess flatulence include – Artichokes, Asparagus, Beans, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Beetroot, Cabbage, Leeks and Onions.Other fruits that contain unabsorbable carbohydrates and thus cause flatulence are – Apples, Apricots, Cherries, Mangoes, Pears, Prunes, Peaches and Watermelons.But one must still have fruits and vegetables in the pregnancy diet to maintain a healthy diet. You could try consuming the above mentioned in reduced quantities. You could also try out alternatives which may be easier to digest and cause less or no gas and bloating. These include – bananas, blueberries, grapes, grapefruit, raspberries, strawberries, tomatoes, carrots, celery, chives, green beans, sweet corn and parsnips.Certain artificial sweeterners could also cause flatulence as they contain a type of sugar which is difficult to digest.Fatty foods do not cause flatulence as such but can slow down the digestion process which could then lead to gas. It is best to opt for low-fat options now.High-fibre foods like bran can also worsen flatulence symptoms in some people.The sugar found in milk or dairy products may be difficult to digest for some and thus consuming them could cause gas and bloating.