Gas and Bloating During Pregnancy
Feeling bloated and gassy? Blame the pregnancy! We've got the deets on how to handle that uncomfortable gassy feeling -- and prevent it from coming back.
What are gas and bloating?
Pain, belching, bloating and other nasties are no fun, but -- sorry -- they sort of come along with the job of carrying a baby.
What are the signs of gas and bloating?
Those nasties we just mentioned! You might be farting or burping, or be experiencing abdominal cramps, pain or tightening.
Are there any tests for gas and bloating?
Not really, but if you’re really uncomfortable, your doc may run tests to make sure it’s not some other problem.
How common are gas and bloating during pregnancy?
According to the March of Dimes, most pregnant women get gas and bloating at some point. Consider this par for the course.
How did I get this gas now that I’m pregnant?
Progesterone (one of those pregnancy hormones) is relaxing smooth muscle tissue all over your body, including in your gastrointestinal tract. This makes your gut work slower, giving your body more time to snatch up nutrients from your food and take them to baby...and that translates into gas for you. Later in pregnancy, your bulging uterus starts pushing up on your stomach and down on your rectum, further increasing your chances of experiencing heartburn and constipation.
How will my gas and bloating affect my baby?
They shouldn’t. But if you’re also experiencing severe nausea, excessive vomiting or bloody stools -- or if you think your pains could be contractions -- call your doc ASAP.
What’s the best way to treat gas and bloating during pregnancy?
Work on prevention (see next page). If that doesn’t work, ask your doc before you take any medications.