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 two sources:
- Swallowed air.
- The normal breakdown of certain undigested carbohydrate foods by harmless bacteria naturally present in the large intestine.
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.