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Why does everything I eat give me gas?

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10/22/05 6:00 P

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Gas is a very common problem with many during pregnancy...perhaps some of the suggestions I put in my article will help...otherwise you will just have to grin and bare will go away after the pregnancy.

Are you using lots of diet candies, gum, etc...these can cantain sortibol, manital...sugar alcohols that can cause gas in some.
Becky, BF dietitian

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10/22/05 10:17 A

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DH and I have contests...ofcourse I win due to the baby power advantage.

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10/22/05 10:04 A

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Lucky you - week 34 and its just starting - I had it from day one. I break wind better then my 2 boys and my DH ever did. I have just learned to have fun with it. My kids still have never heard me - they would be disgusted if they did - Dh loves me regardless after all its his child that is causing this gas. You cant run for it - you cant hide from it. Pregnant gas is LOUD and it last for up to 1 min. Your neighbors can probably hear it, so have fun with it. Be one of the guys for once. LOL

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10/22/05 9:22 A

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I have been kinda gassy lately also. I searched the babyfit articles, and this is what I came across:

Three Tips for Preventing Gas
You Can Alleviate This Symptom -- By Becky Hand, Licensed and Registered Dietician

One of the early symptoms of pregnancy is an increase in gassiness, bloating, belching, and overall gastrointestinal discomfort. Unfortunately, the condition can last in varying degrees until delivery.

Everyone has gas and it is eliminated by burping, or passing it through the rectum. Gas is made primarily of odorless vapors such as carbon dioxide, oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen and sometimes methane. The unpleasant odor of gas comes from bacteria in the large intestine that release small amounts of gases that contain sulfur.

Having gas during pregnancy is common and not dangerous. However it can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. By understanding the causes of gas, some relief may be found.

Gas in the digestive tract comes from 2 sources:

Swallowed air.
The normal breakdown of certain undigested carbohydrate foods by harmless bacteria naturally present in the large intestine.
Changing what you eat and drink can help prevent or relieve gas. If you feel like you have too much gas, you might want to try these three prevention tips:

1) Cut down on foods that cause gas. The amount of gas caused by certain foods varies from person to person. The only way to know your own limits is through trial and error. Many of these foods are highly nutritious. Still include them in your pregnancy diet, but in moderation.

Vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts, onions, artichokes, and asparagus
Fruits such as pears, apples, melon, and peaches
Whole grains such as whole wheat and bran
Soft drinks
Milk and milk products (if you are sensitive to the milk sugar/lactose)
Dietetic foods and sugar free candies and gums
2) Drink plenty of water, non-carbonated liquids, juice, and clear soup. Try not to drink liquids that contain gas, like soda or carbonated water. If you do drink soda, pour it into a glass and let it stand for a while to let the “fizz” out.

3) Reduce the amount of air you swallow.
Eat slower and chew more.
Avoid chewing gum and eating hard candy.
Do not talk and chew food at the same time.
Avoid gulping food.

Hope some of this info works. It can be a little painful also huh?

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