Gas During Pregnancy: Causes & Remedies

gas trouble during pregnancy

One of the many embarrassing symptoms of pregnancy is flatulence. You constantly feel the need to pass gas, and you’re surrounded by people constantly so it might get really frustrating as well. But hang in there, it gets better.

Gas trouble during pregnancy:

Each person, pregnant or not, does have wind in their system. On an average a person passes wind around 15 times a day, but pregnancy sure means you have more wind in your system. So you might catch yourself burping frequently or passing gas or unbuttoning your trousers (despite no bump) to get some relief from the bloating.

Causes of increased gas in pregnancy:

For this additional wind in the system you have to thank the hormone Progesterone which your body is producing in increased amounts now. The hormone has relaxed all smooth muscle tissues in the body including those that help in digestion. AS a result you may experience more gas, bloating and discomfort possibly from the very beginning of your pregnancy.

The growing baby also exerts pressure on the cramps the space in the belly further slowing down digestion and making you feel bloated.

Here are some tips to help deal with gas during pregnancy:

Home remedies for gas during pregnancy:

  • Eat several small meals in the day
  • Take your time eating. Chew your food slowly and thoroughly before swallowing. This prevents you from taking in too much air when eating
  • Sit up while you drink and eat to prevent the stomach from getting squashed
  • Avoid fizzy drinks as they increase burping and passing gas
  • A cup of peppermint tea could help with the symptoms of flatulence
  • Exercise daily to get your sluggish digestive system to work well
  • Smoking or chewing gum produces more saliva which means more swallowing. This leads to more air in the system and must thus be avoided.

Foods to Avoid For Flatulence:

Foods which could lead to excess flatulence include – Artichokes, Beans, Asparagus, Brussels sprouts, Broccoli, Beetroot, Cabbage, Leeks and Onions.

Other fruits that contain unabsorbable carbohydrates leading to flatulence are – Apples, Cherries, Apricots, Prunes, Pears, Mangoes, Peaches and Watermelons.

But one must still have fruits and vegetables to maintain a healthy pregnancy diet. You could try consuming in reduced quantities food items leading to flatulence. You could also try out alternatives which may be easier to digest and cause less or no gas and bloating. These include – bananas, grapes, raspberries, carrots, strawberries, grapefruit, chives, blueberries, tomatoes, celery, green beans, sweet corn and parsnips.

Flatulence could also be caused by certain artificial sweeteners –a certain type of sugar they contain is difficult to digest.

Fatty foods do not cause flatulence as such but can slow down the digestion process which could then cause flatulence. So opt for low-fat options for now.

Bran (high-fibre foods) 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.