Gas During Pregnancy? Tips for Finding Relief

Will Any Medicines Help?

It's difficult to say for certain. Simethicone and activated charcoal are the most common active ingredients in over-the-counter (OTC) gas products. Although simethicone is safe for use during pregnancy, unfortunately, it usually doesn't work. It's unclear whether activated charcoal works either, but it shouldn't be taken during pregnancy anyway.
 
Alpha-galactosidase (Beano®) is an over-the-counter product that helps break down foods that contain complex carbohydrates, such as beans, vegetables, and whole grains. It may help reduce the amount of gas your body produces after eating such foods, but only if you take it right before you eat. It won't work to treat gas that has already formed. Alpha-galactosidase has not been thoroughly studied in pregnant women, but there is no evidence to suggest it isn't safe for use during pregnancy.
 
Also, if constipation is making your gas worse, your healthcare provider may be able to recommend something to relieve your constipation. Be sure to get your healthcare provider's okay before taking any new medicine, though, even an over-the-counter product, to make sure it's safe.
 

When to See Your Healthcare Provider

If you're unsure whether your discomfort is caused by gas or something else, talk to your healthcare provider. Also, you'll want to contact your healthcare provider right away if you have stomach pains, cramps, severe diarrhea, or blood in your stool. These could be signs of a more serious problem. 
 
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