“My stomach was flat last night and now, I look 5 months pregnant, what happened to me?”
Bloating can occur from week 11 of pregnancy, right up until the very end.
However early pregnancy boating can be perfectly normal. You are not alone if you have gone to bed one night and woken up with a belly the next day.
What causes bloating?
Your trousers might feel a little tight but it isn’t because you have been eating too much.
It is largely down to the change in hormones that it happening in your body right now.
The increased level of progesterone, amongst other things, relaxes your muscles, which can cause constipation and bloating.
We know it can be annoying and uncomfortable but there is no rush on pulling out the maternity pants just yet!
How to combat bloating?
Drink lots of water
This will help reduce swelling and although it might be hard to increase the amount of water you are drinking, it will help in the long run.
Cut down on gassy foods
Reduce the intake of foods that make you gassy! These are foods such as broccoli, brussel sprouts and beans.
Exercise can speed up digestion and help with constipation.
It doesn’t have to be anything strenuous but make sure to check with your OB before beginning with any exercise during your pregnancy.
Keep stress levels down
It might be difficult but just take a breath. If you are stressed you could be taking in extra air which is causing an increase in gas. Take a few moments for some deep breaths, try meditation or treat yourself to a spa day.
If you feel like something serious is going on, please seek medical attention. You may think it is nothing but your GP or obstetrician won’t be annoyed at you for checking.
Bloating, gas, even constipation isn’t something to be embarrassed of. It is more common than you think! Let us know your experiences and if you found something that helped give you some relief.
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