Gas pains during first trimester is commonly experienced by pregnant women
The reason for the gas pain is the hormone progesterone that is at its peak during pregnancy. The hormone slows down digestion process of the body making food stay longer in the intestines. The undigested foods then results abdominal cramping and gas pains.
Gas pain is also caused by the expanding uterus putting pressure on the stomach and intestines affecting the digestion process by slowing it down leading to the pains.
Air swallowed and bacteria in the colon breaks down undigested food, some may be released through burping, but some still continue to the large intestines and released as gas
Gas pains during pregnancy third trimester may continue to occur in some pregnant women.
Home Remedies to Ease Gas Pains during Pregnancy
It is not advisable for a pregnant woman to get over the counter medication for gas pains, since this may be dangerous to the baby. Instead a proper prescription should be asked from a doctor or use home remedies to counter gas.
Limit intake of gassy foods like beans, broccoli, and sprouts as well as too much dairy products especially to those who has intolerance to lactose
Soda and other fizzy drinks should be avoided.
They only contribute to formation of gases but do not have any nutritional value
Replace three large meals with several simple smaller ones, chew food slowly and thoroughly, and swallow properly to make digestion easy for the system
Avoid drinking using a straw or directly from the bottle and avoid chewing gum or sucking on hard candy to reduce swallowed air
When are Gas Pains Alarming during Pregnancy?
When the pain feels like labor contractions coming and going every 5 – 10 minutes
Gas pain is accompanied by blood in stools, severe diarrhea, constipation or bouts of nausea and vomiting