Tips on how to Calm Gas for Pregnant Women

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Pregnancy can be a beautiful thing. However, many of the side effects and symptoms that pregnant women experience are anything but pretty. From morning sickness to mood swings, pregnancy tends to bring out the worst in some women, including, at times, an increase in gas. This can be extremely unpredictable and embarrassing for women, but luckily there are some ways that you can help ease these symptoms.

1. Fiber rich-foods

One nutrient that you will need quite a lot of is fiber. In general, fiber helps to keep you regular, but in pregnant women it can aid in the digestive system and help them avoid gas.

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However, you should consume gas with caution because too much is definitely not a good thing. If you are not used to having additional fiber in your diet, be sure to start out slowly so that you can avoid unforeseen accidents in the bathroom area.

2. Eat multiple smaller meals

You should also refrain from eating too much. As your baby grows, you will have less room and your baby will begin pushing on your intestines and nearby organs. If your stomach is also full, you will create more gas and your baby will help push it out with one of its infamous kicks. In order to avoid these embarrassing situations, be sure to eat multiple smaller meals, rather than filling up all at once.

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3. Eat slowly while you are pregnant

Another good way to get rid of excess gas is to slow down while eating. If you are familiar with babies at all, you will already know that when a baby sucks in air while eating, they will be gassier. Our bodies work much the same way; the faster that we eat, the more air that we take in and the gassier we will be. Take a cue from babies everywhere and eat slowly while you are pregnant.

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4. Avoid stress

When eating, it is also best that you avoid stress. If you are hurrying to finish up something for work or steaming over something that just made you angry, you tend to eat faster. As before mentioned, eating faster leads to more air and therefore more gas. Try to calm down somewhat before you begin eating. Take a few breaths and relax.

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5. Limit the amount of liquid that you take in

Another great idea is to limit the amount of liquid that you take in while you are eating. Although water is an important part of life for pregnant women, drinking an excess while you are eating has been shown to add gas and slow down the digestive system. This is one of the reasons that people are told to drink a large glass of water before eating when they are attempting to lose weight.

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6. Avoid foods that are known to introduce gas

It is also a good idea to avoid foods that are known to introduce gas into your life, such as beans, onions and fried foods. Most of these foods are already known to provide those who eat them with unwanted gas and this can double or even triple for pregnant women. Avoid these items and supplement the nutrients that they provide through other means. Chances are many of these foods you should not be eating anyway.

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7. Exercise

Exercise is also a way to help with your digestive system. It is important to discuss this with your doctor first, but most women are able to maintain a small amount of exercise throughout their pregnancies. Exercise helps your digestive system function better and will help alleviate some of the added gas that you are now experiencing.

Be sure to maintain safe and healthy exercises, however, in order to protect the health of both you and your baby. Try to let some of the smaller embarrassments go while you are pregnant and realize that you are experiencing a wonderful time during your life. If possible, relax and enjoy the ride.

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However, this may be difficult for those women who are experiencing extreme symptoms, such as severe morning sickness or complications during pregnancy. Pregnant women should realize that they will experience some discomforts while they are pregnant, but these will typically pass with time.

Gas can be extremely embarrassing for a pregnant woman, but for those around her, they are probably a bit more understanding than you would think. Most people understand that a woman’s body goes through many changes when she is pregnant and have come to expect a few habits that are not likely to continue once the baby is born.

Dr. Karen Leham is double board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and in Reproductive Endocronology and Infertility. Dr. Leham completed her residency at Loyola University, followed by a fellowship at UCLA.