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Pregnancy Problems

During pregnancy, your health is number one priority. That’s why we went straight to top pregnancy health experts for all the details you want to know about the most common pregnancy problems. In our pregnancy problems guide, you can read about a slew of pregnancy conditions – everything from hemorrhoids to gestational diabetes. Find out what any pregnancy symptom could possibly mean (are you swollen just because you’re expecting, or is it a sign of some complication?) and find out whether or not it’s worth a call to your OB. If you already know you’ve got a pregnancy complication or health condition, our comprehensive articles will give you the scoop on its causes and how it can affect you and baby. Plus, get treatment tips straight from medical experts and pregnant women like you. Yup, we've got answers to all your questions about pregnancy health problems right here!

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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 can I do to prevent gas and bloating during pregnancy?

Luckily, there are ways to relieve some of the pressure. Eat small, regular meals and stay away from foods that tend to give you gas. Fried foods, sweets, cabbage and beans are common culprits, but you might find other foods that are particularly troublesome. Eating and drinking slowly will keep you from swallowing excess air (you'll later use this technique when feeding baby!), and loose clothing will keep you comfy. Yoga classes can also help settle things down. And ward off constipation (a big gas inducer) by consuming plenty of liquids and high-fiber foods.

What do other pregnant moms do when they have gas and bloating?

“I was struggling with major gas pains for quite a few weeks (weeks 19 to 22). I have learned to help control it and have not had nearly as many issues. Try eating small meals throughout the day. Avoid things that are hard to digest, like corn and some really starchy foods. Also, I find some relief drinking hot ginger teas.”

“I’ve had so much trapped gas that my belly got rock-hard, with so much pain. I’ve found that eating too many carbs too quickly (especially bread) aggravates it, and so does too much dairy and sugar. I’m trying to stick to drinking things without a lot of sugar in them, less bread and dairy, and eating more fiber, especially beans.”

“For me, the occasional Dulcolax and eating prunes has helped a lot...I also eat a big bowl of Raisin Bran in the morning and try to drink lots of water. This has helped, but I’m not totally back to my ‘normal self.’”

Are there any other resources for gas and bloating during pregnancy?

March of Dimes

watch: more on gas during pregnancy

Plus, more from The Bump:

Top 10 Things They Should Really Warn You About Before You Get Pregnant

How to get rid of bloating and indigestion?

Abdominal Pain During Pregnancy

-- Paula Kashtan

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