why do pregnant women have so much gas

Gas can cause excruciating abdominal pain. It may stay in one area or travel throughout your belly, back, and chest. According to the, women experience more gas during pregnancy due to increased progesterone. Progesterone causes intestinal muscles to relax and extends the time it takes food to get through the intestines. Food remains in the colon longer, which allows more gas to develop. As your pregnancy progresses, your enlarging uterus puts extra pressure on your organs, which can slow digestion further and allow gas to build up. If abdominal pain is caused by gas, it should respond to lifestyle changes. Try eating several small meals throughout the day and drink lots of water. may also help aid digestion. Identify foods that
and avoid them. Fried and greasy foods, as well as beans and cabbage, are common culprits. Avoid all carbonated beverages, too. Many women write off abdominal pain during pregnancy as gas, but there are other benign reasons for pain to occur.


When you're pregnant, you're likely to worry about some big things. Is your baby healthy? How bad will labor really be? You're also likely to worry about some little things. Will your stretch marks go away? What's up with the hair on your tummy? You might even find that you worry about things that seem too embarrassing to discuss at all. Why do you burp so much? Why do you pass gas at inconvenient times? Let me reassure you that you're not the only one who struggles with gas in pregnancy. Some pregnant women could enter a burp contest with a group of 10-year-old boys and win! Take me, for example. When I was pregnant with my first baby, I was a guest on a radio talk show. I burped throughout the entire show, leaning back from the microphone and hoping the sound wasn't on the air. And it isn't just burps that come at inconvenient times.


Flatulence can be unexpected and embarrassing, too. What makes pregnant ladies so gassy? In early pregnancy, before your uterus is big enough to crowd your intestines, pregnancy hormones are hard at work. The increase in progesterone slows digestion, providing more time for gas to be produced. Your body responds by removing the gas with burps and farts. This gas can also lead to a feeling of bloating, especially after a large meal. As your uterus enlarges, your intestines are shifted and crowded in your abdomen. This slows digestion even more. Your expanding uterus also pushes on your stomach, which can increase a feeling of bloating. As if this weren't enough, the muscle-relaxing effect of pregnancy hormones leaves you less able to control the passing of gas. Before pregnancy you might have been able to hold your gas, but now your muscles don't respond as well.


This can lead to some embarrassing moments. It's not hopeless, though. Aside from blaming it on the dog or your partner, you can reduce the effects of gas in pregnancy: Get moving. With your health care provider's OK, exercise can stimulate digestion helping things to move along faster. Watch what you eat. Avoid foods that tend to cause gas, such as fried or fatty foods, onions, cauliflower and cabbage. Watch what you drink. If milk seems to cause gas, try drinking it icy cold. Keep carbonated drinks to a minimum. Don't eat too much at once. Try smaller, more frequent meals. If gas in pregnancy feels more like abdominal pain at any point or you notice severe diarrhea or blood in your stool, consult your health care provider. Have you been surprised by how much gas you're experiencing during pregnancy? Please share your stories. April 23, 2013

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