Your tummy is growing as your little one grows but is a common pregnancy condition making you look more pregnant than you actually are?
Bloating is very normal during a healthy pregnancy and is more common than many women realise.
Bloating causes your abdomen to ‘swell’ with gas/air. It’s usually uncomfortable and can increase with pregnancy. Some women describe it beginning at the end of the first trimester and can hang around until birth.
There are several causes to pregnancy related increases in bloating but the main one is the increase in the hormone progesterone. This hormone assists in maintaining a healthy pregnancy but also brings along the side effects of GAS!! Yes burping and farting!!
The hormone in your system causes your gastrointestinal tract and other systems in your body to relax and slow down. This means the nutrients have time to become food for your baby. Slowing down your digestion gives more time for gas to build up causing the bloating. If some women have weak pelvic floor muscles they may find they pass wind uncontrollably.
Some foods trigger bloating to be worse. If you’re someone who eats a lot of garlic, onion and cucumbers then it won’t affect you too much but if you’re not a regular eater then limit the amount you eat of these types of foods.
Be reassured everybody suffers from some form of gas whether they are pregnant or not. It’s normal but can be quite embarrassing.
Disclaimer: Always speak to your doctor before changing your diet, taking any supplements or undertaking any exercise program in pregnancy. The information on this site is for reference only and is not medical advice and should not be treated as such, and is not intended in any way as a substitute for professional medical advice..
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