If you’re pregnant and gassy, you’re not alone. Gas is very common for women who are pregnant, so don’t feel embarrassed.
Why are pregnant women prone to being gassy? Progesterone is the hormone that aids your pregnancy by relaxing your body’s muscles, including your intestinal muscles. When this happens, those muscles slow down digestion which causes gas, burping, and bloating.
Our colonoscopy Beverly Hills specialist, Dr. Berookim, shares gas relief for mom-to-be’s.
Water is the best option to relieve gas. However, if your gas causes extreme bloating or pain, you may have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). In this case, make sure to drink low gas-promoting juices such as orange, pineapple, grape, or cranberry juice.
Including high-fiber foods into your diet can relieve some of your gas issues. About 25-30 grams of fiber is sufficient. High-fiber foods include bananas, figs, prunes, vegetables, and whole grains.
Many of the foods you might be eating are known to cause gas. Eliminating these gas-inducing foods can help you during your pregnancy. Foods that are gas culprits include potatoes, wheat, broccoli, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts.
Stress and anxiety can increase the amount of gas you’re passing, belching, and bloating. Try to relax and reduce your stress as much as you can. Staying calm and relaxed will help your gas aches.
Gas isn’t always funny. Our colonoscopy Beverly Hills doctor advises that if you’re experiencing severe pain that lasts more than half an hour or constipation for a week, contact your physician immediately.
About Dr. Peyton Berookim
Dr. Peyton Berookim is a colonoscopy Beverly Hills doctor who dedicates his career to helping his patients achieve outstanding results. For more information about a colonoscopy Beverly Hills contact Dr. Peyton Berookim at www.colonoscopy-losangeles.com or at 150 N. Robertson Blvd. Suite 204, Beverly Hills, CA 90211 (310.271.1122).