Gas During Pregnancy? Tips for Finding Relief

Eat Smaller Meals

It's not just what you eat, but also how much you eat that counts. Large meals are more likely to cause gassiness and bloating. So instead of three large meals, eat several small meals with snacks throughout the day.
 
While we're talking about food, it's a good time to throw out the following reminders: eat slowly, take small bites, and chew your food thoroughly before swallowing. Also, don't talk while you're chewing, as this could cause you to swallow air, which introduces gas into the stomach. We all learned these lessons as children, but they're easy to forget when you're being pulled in so many different directions that you're just trying to get through the meal. If you find yourself rushing through mealtime, try to pause, relax, and enjoy your food.  
 

Walk the Dog

Exercise helps speed up digestion and moves gas around. This can help you pass gas, which is much better than letting it remain in your intestines where it's causing bloating, discomfort, and pain. Even a brief walk can help move things along when you're feeling particularly gassy. Talk to your healthcare provider before engaging in any type of strenuous exercise, though.
 

Other Tips

Here are a few more things you can try:
 
  • Wear loose clothing, especially around the stomach or waist area. Clothes that press on your stomach can make bloating and gas worse.
  • Don't lie down while you're eating or immediately after meals. Lying down slows down your digestive tract. You want to give your GI system a chance to digest the food you just ate.
  • Try to avoid drinking from a bottle or through a straw -- you'll be more likely to swallow air. The same goes for chewing gum or sucking on hard candy.
  • Keep an eye on your bowel routine. Constipation can worsen gas and bloating, so you'll want to take measures to prevent constipation, or manage it quickly if you find yourself becoming constipated. Drinking plenty of water is one way to help prevent constipation.
 
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