Gas During Pregnancy? Tips for Finding Relief

What You Can Do About It

First the bad news -- you probably won't be able to completely eliminate gas and bloating during pregnancy. But, there are things you can do to help reduce it. Read on to learn about potential strategies for managing gas during pregnancy. 

Watch What You Eat

First, you might want to try and figure out which foods are the biggest gas producers for you and then eat them in moderation or, if it's really bad, cut them out of your diet completely. Although foods can affect different people in different ways, some foods are more likely to cause gas and bloating than others. These include:
  • Foods that are high in fat or are fried
  • Some vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, and onions
  • Some high-fiber foods, such as beans, peas, and oat bran
  • Some starches, such as pasta, potatoes, and corn
  • Fruits, especially prunes, pears, apples, peaches, and dried fruit
  • Carbonated beverages, fruit juices, and drinks made with high-fructose corn syrup
  • Foods with artificial sweeteners, particularly sugar alcohols.
In addition, some women find that they can't tolerate dairy products such as milk, cheese, or ice cream very well during pregnancy. Even if you weren't lactose-intolerant before pregnancy, the added dairy products you're consuming while pregnant might be too much for your body to digest. If dairy products seem to make you gassy, look for lactose-free milk. If you need to cut back on your dairy consumption or plan to cut out dairy completely, ask your healthcare provider whether you should be taking a calcium supplement.
If you're having difficulty pinpointing which foods are contributing to your gas, you might try keeping a food diary. Write down what you eat for every meal and snack, and then keep track of how much gas you have in the next few hours. If certain foods seem to be causing more gas than others, try to limit them and see if it helps. Just be sure to replace any foods you cut out with healthy options. 
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