If you’ve opened this page, chances are you’re a victim to pregnancy or PMS bloating and gas.
I’m no expert however it’s known with my cycle that if my period is due – along comes the bloated belly and added gas. I thought this was generally bad enough, but then pregnancy came along… and this, for me (and my husband) is ten times worse.
I’m 9 weeks and can barely do up my pants with a rock hard bloated belly – looking like i’m 5 months along!
We understand pregnancy brings special moments and milestones but also see that day to day there can be small sufferings that we carry on with – because we’re women and we’re strong!
But bloating and gas can be extremely uncomfortable to deal with. Mine particularly gets worse at the end of the day.
The hormone progesterone causes the smooth muscle tissue in your body (including the gastrointestinal tract) to relax. This slows down digestion, giving the nutrients from food you eat more time to enter your bloodstream and reach your baby. That’s the good news. The bad news is this slower digestion can cause bloating.
I’ve done some personal research on how exactly to minimalise my bloated afternoon belly and to help with the ‘gassy’ issue…
Peppermint tea – pure peppermint tea is supposed to help soothe an upset gassy stomach. I’ve been having one before bed the past few nights and I will add that I have felt more comfortable in my stomach whilst falling asleep without that extra added pressure of gas. Remember, if it’s in there it must come out. The peppermint tea definitely helped with that, but it’s proving to be worth it.
Exercise – Get moving – If you haven’t started already. Now is not the time to start a brand new rigorous workout routine however it is healthy for you and baby to be getting some activity in not only for your shape and mood, but it will help prevent constipation and speed up digestion.
Try out low impact workouts like walking and pre-natal yoga to get you going.
Eat slower & more mindfully – Eating while distracted, anxious or in a hurry can impact how much air you swallow as you eat. The air you swallow with your food becomes trapped and turns into gas that eventually has to come out. Try to be present with your mouthfuls, chewing and swallowing – I’m still working hard on this one. Eating food fast can be a survivalism instinct, try to savour each bite and notice what you’re tasting, crunching and chewing.
Find out what foods ‘set you off’ – It seems obvious but don’t eat things that don’t sit or digest well in your body. I’m a classic culprit, I know that certain foods play up on me yet I still scoff them down!
It comes down to being mindful of how and what you’re eating and ensuring you’re drinking plenty of fluids. Due to our hormones, there’s no way of avoiding the discomfort, but there are ways to ‘lessen the struggle’