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Q&A: How can I get rid of bloating and indigestion?

What can I do to get rid of bloating and indigestion?

Re: What can I do to get rid of bloating and indigestion?

The Bump Expert

Trust us, we feel your pain. You can blame these not-so-fun pregnancy symptoms largely on the hormones your body is producing (what else is new?), specifically all the estrogen and progesterone. Your body’s making more of both now to relax smooth muscle tissue. Unfortunately, this causes your gastrointestinal tract to relax a little too much, leading to side effects like bloating, indigestion, constipation, stomachaches and, yes, all that horrific gas you’ve been having lately.

But sadly, you can’t blame it all on the hormones. Believe it or not you could actually be adding to your own discomfort just by what you’re eating or what you wear.Here’s a list of the most common causes of bloating and indigestion during pregnancy.

See if you’re guilty of a few of them (or all of them!):
• Eating greasy, fatty, or highly seasoned foods
• Drinking too much caffeine -- chocolate, soda, coffee, or other drinks
• Eating big meals
• Eating too fast
• Lying down/not moving much after eating
• Wearing restricting clothing

Sound familiar? Try these tips to help cut back on the bloating:
• Eat several small meals throughout the day
• Pace yourself while eating and drink less during each meal
• Drink water throughout the day and avoid caffeinated drinks
• Try to avoid lying down following a meal. But if you’re totally pooped, at least prop up your upper body with some pillows when you lie down.
• Wear loose and comfy clothing

If you’re still suffering, talk to your doc immediately to see if maybe something else is to blame.

Kerry Dougherty

Q&A: How can I get rid of bloating and indigestion?

Just got gas X strips they are working for me

trewmom |

Q&A: How can I get rid of bloating and indigestion?

I have been dealing with constipation and the pain that comes along with it. Is anyone else having this problem?

DanniLynn10 |

Q&A: How can I get rid of bloating and indigestion?

I am going through the same thing right now. I'm trying milk of magnesia tonight to see if there are any changes. Hope you feel better.

Kmagic120 |

Q&A: How can I get rid of bloating and indigestion?

I had that problem... Juice 3 kiwi's, an apple, and 2 carrots... Or try an apple and 1/4 or lime. Or you can just eats kiwi, they have high fiber content and work pretty quick. You can't juice them alone because the consistency is thick.

Juanee1625 |

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ughh! I'm only 7 weeks and am having a Terrible time with this. Oddly enough morning sickness has just kicked in for me this past week and all meat has me gagging so I haven't been eating it. Very strange for me since I've always been a meat and potatoes kind of girl. It seems that not eating meat has helped with my bloating and indidgestion. I'm eating more fruits and veggies now, so that may be helping matters. Now I'm just concerned that I won't get enough protien, but the no meat thing has really helped me!

mwhalen |

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I'm so bloated that I feel like I just had double helpings of Thanksgiving dinner! Oof!

Deaners1980 |

Q&A: How can I get rid of bloating and indigestion?

I actually just vented to my mom about this, as I am only 5 weeks. My clothes are so uncomfortable and I feel so bloated. I'm so bloated I actually look like I'm closer to 3-4 months pregnant. :(

BookersMom |

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My OB recommended Gas X and it works for me great too!

dodo1202 |

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My ob recommends Fiber one bars cookies etc, helps a little for me but not good enough, prune juice also but of course for me just makes me bloat more and gets me more nauseated Im also only 8 weeks and i also look like I'm 3-4 months pregnant because of all this gas and constipation but its normal,..yay ,..Ginger ale helps with the gas and tummy ache.

bellaesme1881 |

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I had the same issues...I started taking probiotics (I was taking them before pregnancy but stopped once I found out) I checked with my dr and he said they were fine to take. That and whole leaf aloe vera juice (its gross but works) a couple of times a day has helped me A LOT.

sla124 |

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I'm going crazy with this kinda stuff! I guess maybe I am eating too fast but it sucks when your hungry pacing yourself isn't easy! My indegestion is terrible at night I'm 15 weeks and I was really hoping I would start liking pregnancy! NOT HAPPENING!

raiderette1987 |

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I am 9wks and having the same issue with appearing 4months pregnant due to the bloating. My husband asked if I was showing, and I had to say no, its just gas. :( I remember from when I had my daughter, this does pass as your body gets acclimated to your new eating habits. Lots of fiber rich foods will help. If you are like me, and gag at the thought of food, let alone fiber rich food, try V8 splash. Good luck ladies, and supporting persons!

parkinsassy |

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I'm 11 weeks and I've felt terrible 24/7 ever since week 6. I'm so grumpy :/ I think it's best to avoid onions, garlic, anything fried, fruit juices.. and try to not lie down. Eat some kind of cracker that you like every 2 hours.. cooked oats in the morning seem to be the best breakfast and avoid anything difficult to digest.. like heavy bread. Gluten free, dairy free things, cooked vegetables seem to make me feel best...

RomanceOfTheRose |

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I agree with Romance( garlic and raw onions are a no no for me). I was a vegetarian with my other 2 pregnancies, and started eating meat again about a year ago. And now the thought of meat... eck! That and certain other foods just don't sit well with me and I end up tasting it for the rest of the day. I've been sticking with omelets for breakfast, fruit and crackers for lunch, and a nice big ole plate of steamed veggies for dinner. And I eat peppermints throughout the day whenever needed... and I can't wait til the Halloween candy is gone because everytime I walk past the bowl I just HAVE to eat something. Oh... I usually have some pretzels right before bed. It doesn't upset my tummy, and I don't wake up in the morning feeling like I haven't eaten for a week! Good luck girls!

mlmnwilliams |

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I put garlic in everything, i had no idea that stuff was making me bloat so badly. I feel so badly for my husband because I'm ALWAYS gassy right now. I'm just now 13 weeks and so excited to not be constantly naeseous that I want to eat everything in front of me. You ladies have just reminded me that I need to slow down and take care of myself and eat healthfully. Good luck to all as it sounds like we all need it.

HelgaFunk |

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Milk of magnesia is absolutely disgusting and the ONLY thing that gets me gagging. Unfortunately, it's probably the only thing that works for me....but I refuse! I'd rather do enemas. I am 7 weeks pregnant, severely bloated and constipated to the max.

kimia222 |

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I am 16 weeks and am please to report that all these symptoms are now finally starting to let up. I had HORRIBLE constipation for the entire second month of my pregnancy so I feel your pain guys. Just hang in there everything will start to let up I promise. Try Colace stool softner, and as far as milk of magnesia goes, the Cherry flavored Phillips was the one that was the most palatable for me. Everything else made me want to gag!

tuckerandruth |

Q&A: How can I get rid of bloating and indigestion?

I am 5 weeks and I cant even wear pants that button! no jeans ...yoga pants only!!!! i have ZERO symptoms other than i feel like i ate 5 thanksgiving dinners at once! i dont have any desire to eat because im beyond bloated. Im forcing myself to eat small meals, but this bloating is out of control!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Newtiptongrowing |

Q&A: How can I get rid of bloating and indigestion?

My obgyn told me that gas x is save to take during pregnancy. Just dont overdo it.

julotti |

Q&A: How can I get rid of bloating and indigestion?

Girls, i agree with the pro-prebiotics, bio kult is a great make here in the UK - available at boots or amazon. also, try a large mug of hot water with 2tbs lemon juice, 1tbs honey (preferably high grade manuka honey). the lemon water is a diuretic and purges sodium, leading to less water retention, and the honey soothes and may help cleanse the liver. this means softer more reg stools and less bloat. tastes nice and is calming too!

espirit777 |

Q&A: How can I get rid of bloating and indigestion?

I have been battling with constipation as well and it is no fun. I have been taking an OTC supplement called Digestive advantage (Intensive bowel support) and it really helps me with gas and bloating. It acts nothing like a laxative.. I have had to use those and boy let me tell you these Digestive Advantage's are a walk in the park compared to those.. lol I hope this information is helpful for some of you. I have yet to confirm with my OB if this supplement is okay while pregnant. I have my first prenatal appointment next week. So i will let you all know what i find out. Being that it's a pro biotic i would think It 's okay... but better to ask...

lallen29 |

Q&A: How can I get rid of bloating and indigestion?

I was having bad constipation and no amount of fiber or water was helping. My doc recommended to start taking a probiotic. He said it won't affect the baby because it stays in your intestinal tract. I've been taking it for about two weeks and boy has it helped. I also had a problem with really low potassium which was adding to my all day sickness but I am having a hard time choking down bananas..the smell really gets to me. So I started a potassium supplement and it has cut my nausea down so much. Don't get me wrong, I still get queasy but not to the point of having to run to the toilet and dry heaving all day.

EmmaGill1006 |

Q&A: How can I get rid of bloating and indigestion?

This will be the death of me. I hate it!!

Zee4396 |

Q&A: How can I get rid of bloating and indigestion?

Since lemons (lemon candy, fruit, etc) help with nausea, I tried lemonade and it helped. The vitamin water lemonade is the best. It's more bland and better for you. It calmed my stomach and was the only thing that worked for me. I suffered with awful morning sickness during my first trimester.

ledford24 |

Q&A: How can I get rid of bloating and indigestion?

Try the Papaya Enzyme chewables from GNC. Taken before each meal I can tell a huge difference.

kcfuller204 |

Q&A: How can I get rid of bloating and indigestion?

From the minute I found out I was pregnant until now (10 weeks), I've been feeling bloated & gassy. One trick my grandma taught me that seems to be helping is sipping hot water. Helps me relax a bit and deflate at the same time...

MnM2011 |

Q&A: How can I get rid of bloating and indigestion?

Drinking hot water helps. I also just started eating prunes... helps you go to the bathroom for sure! I feel a lot better... at least with the constipation. Still haven't found the magic touch for my nausea and I'm 14 weeks pregnant.

faithgirl005 |