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3 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 two 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.

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Member Comments About this Article
"Some people have a sensitive bowel, and may be more prone to feeling gassy. Sometimes this is associated with cramping, diarrhea or constipation. It can be a component of a syndrome known as "Irritable Bowel Syndrome". In addition to the herbal remedies previously described, over the counter meds such as GAS-X or Mylicon can help absorb some of the excess gas and make you feel better. They are safe, non-habit forming, and inexpensive. Try, also, to recognize which foods seem to make it worse. Mo..." -- AKEERA
"During pregnancy your entire digestive system slows down. The feces that stay around too long may become hard, dry, and difficult to eliminate. To help alleviate this condition you must consume more fiber and fluids. Here is an article with more information:
Constipation and Pregnancy
." -- TONKA_14
"Hi

I can eat anything and bloat up so badly and the gas is not pleasant at all. And the constipation just adds to the mix. Before pregnancy I was regular and if I missed even one day I would get nauseas and feel sick. Which is what I feel like now with the constipation and gassyness. I havent had any morning sickness, only feel like this if I get constipated. I drink about 3 litres of water a day because I get so thirsty, but that doesnt help with the constipation. I also cannot eat any spicy..." -- INSAAFCT
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About The Author
Becky Hand
Becky is a registered and licensed dietitian with almost 20 years of experience. She teaches prenatal classes and counsels individuals, helping women eat right and stay fit before, during and after their pregnancies.
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