Saturday, September 6, 2008

How to prevent wind and bloating during pregnancy?

During Pregnancy, some women will feel bloated due to the wind in the stomach. This feeling can be very uncomfortable. One of the main is due to poor digestion.

When the food are not digested properly in the stomach, it is broken down in the large intestine by the bacteria.

In the Early stage of Pregnancy, the production of progesterone increases. Progesterone is sometimes called the "hormone of pregnancy", it has many roles relating to the development of the fetus. When Progesterone relaxes the smooth muscle tissue throughout your body, including your gastrointestinal tract. As a result, it slows down the digestive process which can cause more wind and Bloating.

In the later stage of Pregnancy, your growing baby crowds your abdominal cavity, which can further slow digestion, and pushes on your stomach, making you feel even more bloated after eating.

Both heartburn and constipation are common during pregnancy, and you're more likely to develop them as your pregnancy progresses even if you've never had them before.

Which foods are likely to cause wind and bloating?

The foods like beans, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, broccoli and asparagus can cause wind. Some people can also have more wind due to food like onions, pears, artichokes, and fizzy drinks sweetened with the sugar fructose.

Some starches, such as pasta and potatoes, can give some people wind, and some fibre-rich foods (such as oat bran, beans and many fruits) cause wind because they're normally broken down in the large intestine. One exception is wheat bran, which passes through your system without getting broken down.

Please avoid oily, fatty or fried foods. They don't cause wind, but they can make you feel more bloated because they slow down digestion.

Some pointers to relief this?
• Don't eat big, heavy meals. Eat several small meals throughout the day.

• Take your time eating, don't gulp your food (and air) down, and chew thoroughly; this will help your body to digest your food.

• Reduce your intake of foods that tend to make digestive symptoms worse. Common culprits include certain vegetables, such as beans and broccoli (see above) but don't cut out vegetables altogether as they are an important part of a healthy diet.

• Sit up while you're eating or drinking, even if it's just a small snack, so that your stomach is not squashed up while you digest your food.

• Avoid products containing Sorbitol (certain chewing gums and slimming foods) as the slow absorption of this sweetener can contribute to bloating, wind and diarrhoea.

• Exercise - even a brisk walk can help your sluggish digestive tract.

• Don't smoke

• Avoid fizzy drinks, beer and coffee.

• Wear loose, comfortable clothing; avoid any tightness around your waist and tummy.

Recommended ebook

The Fit And Healthy Pregnancy Guide
A Holistic Fitness And Nutrition Guide For The Pre-natal Population! Endorsed By The Medical Community And Mothers Alike.

Pregnancy Without Pounds
The Look Good Feel Great Pregnancy Kit. You absolutely DO NOT have to pack on extra pregnancy weight. Discover the secrets that most pregnant women will never know about pregnancy.

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