An average person produces up to 4 pints of gas daily. In addition to morning sickness and fatigue, women have excess gas during pregnancy that can cause bloating, cramps, and abdominal pain. This pain can be sharp and dull as well, but it usually gets fine once you hit the loo.
What causes this pain?
‘Increased Progesterone,’ In this condition, it takes longer for the food to get through the intestines, food remains in the colon for longer, and that’s why the gas builds up. Moreover, due to the enlarging of the uterus, more pressure is put on the organs, affecting the digestion further.
What could bring me relief?
Although it can be extremely discomforting, it is essential for the growing fetus. You can make some significant changes in some ways to lessen the pain and discomfort, certain dietary habits could be changed, and it may relieve the gas pain and the bloating to a great extent.
- Stay hydrated; drink as much water as you can. It aids in digestion as well as relieves muscle cramps.
- Consider eating several small meals throughout the day, it won’t make you feel full suddenly as well help you digest food better.
- Keep a food journal; it will help you to know what suits your body better.
- You may feel better if you avoid these foods and drinks:
- Carbonated beverages, sodas, and sparkling water
- Anything with additives and preservatives, sugars and canned foods
- Dairy and whole grains
- Fried foods
Home remedies to ease the pain
Gas during pregnancy is very common and it may go away on its own. It is more common during the later stages since the fetus is growing and moving and there is additional pressure on the abdominal region. We cannot completely get rid of the bloating but, there are several home remedies to cure gastritis problems that are safe and can be used to ease the pain.
- Take plenty of fluids: Aim for 8-10 ounce glasses every day, since other liquids count too so keep an eye if it’s making you bloat. Sometimes sugars in the juices can cause irritable bowel, so cut it if it happens.
- Do slight exercises: Walk for at least 30 minutes; it will prevent constipation, improve digestion, and will keep you emotionally, and physically fit.
- Fibers: Foods like bananas, prunes, and figs are a high source of fibers. You should increase the fiber intake since it can hold a lot of water into the intestine, softening the stool and making it easier to pass.
- Fenugreek seeds: It’s a tried and tested method and an age-old remedy for treating gas pain during pregnancy. Just take a tablespoon of fenugreek seeds and soak it in a glass of water, overnight. Filter the seeds in the morning and take the water, it will help to reduce bloating and ease the cramps and gas pain.
- Make that fizz: Try squeezing a whole lemon in a glass of water and adding a tablespoon of baking soda to it. Mix it, and have it to get instant relief from gas.
- Go herbal: Try herbal teas like peppermint, blackberry, and raspberry. These teas are known to aid the digestion process. Do not boil the tea too much, or it will kill its herbal properties. Take it in a limit with required consultations, or it can cause other complexities, you can even add honey to add the flavor.
- Coriander: It is the most readily available ingredient to get instant relief from gas pain. Found in most homes, coriander is a great herb to treat acidity and burning sensations in the stomach. You can take it raw or add it in your dishes. It could be consumed in the form of seeds. Just add a few roasted seeds to a glass of buttermilk and have it, it would cool down the acidity and bring relief in the gastric pain too.
- Have warm water: Having warm water first thing in the morning can keep your stomach in good condition. It will aid in digestion and ensure proper bowel movements. Even when you’re out, ensure to have a glass of warm water after the meal. See if it’s possible to have some lemon juice, add some fresh lemon juice to it and you’re good to go.
- Drumsticks: It is a fibrous vegetable and extremely good for your stomach, especially if you’re a constitute. It adds roughage content to your food, and that makes it easier for the intestine to pass it forth, the stool is soft, and there are fewer chances of having an irritable bowel too.
Besides that, there are a few things that you can avoid, and that will control the gas produced by your body. Have a look,
- Sugars: The body at this stage can find it extremely difficult to break them down,
Avoid these foods:
- Beans (high in raffinose)
- O, ions, artichokes, and wheat (fructose)
- Artificial sweeteners like sorbitols
- Starch: Starchy foods like potatoes, corn, and wheat, eat can cause gas.
- Chewing gums and hard candies
- No smoking
- No caffeine or other carbonated drinks
Add a tip
- Try wearing loose clothes, something that is airy and comfortable will bring you to ease
and help to relieve the discomfort.
- Sit with elevated legs, put some pillows under your feet to create a high posture.
This will aid in digestion.
- De-stress yourself, try yoga and meditation, listen to your favorite music or watch
movies, try to keep yourself happy. The stress hormones in your body can cause a lot
of ailments, try to keep them away.
When to see a doctor?
Some conditions can require immediate medical attention, so if any of the following accompanies your pain, you need to see the doctor immediately.
- Fever or chills
- Vaginal bleeding/spotting
- Nausea or vomiting
- Burning during urination
- Repetitive contractions
Whenever in doubt, call your doctor or seek medical assistance. As far as the gastric pain is concerned, it’s totally fine and fades away within a few hours. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the process. Keep a healthy and positive attitude; the baby is on board!
Emylee is a wellness lifestyle writer. She loves sharing her thoughts and personal experiences related to natural remedies, yoga and fitness through her writing. She currently writes for How To Cure. She can connect with others experiencing health concerns and help them through their recovery journeys through natural remedies.