Pregnant & Gassy? Beat The Bloat With These Natural Tips

by debolina

During pregnancy the levels of hormone progesterone are at an all-time high in your body andcan trigger issues such as nausea, heartburn and bloating.Progesterone relaxes smooth muscle tissues throughout the body during pregnancy, including the gastrointestinal tract that slows down digestion and leads to gas or bloating. In the later stages of your pregnancy, the growing uterus expands and exerts pressure on the abdominal cavity, which further slows down digestion leaving you bloated and gassy.But fret not, we have five all-natural ways to help you beat the bloatwithout the side-effects.

1. Avoid Gassy Foods
Whether or not you're pregnant, certain foods are known to be gassy and must be avoided. If you're pregnant, just stay away from them.

  • Foods that are loaded with artificial sweeteners such as colas and packed juices can add to the bloating. Also,vegetables such as cabbage, beans, cauliflower, broccoli and corn can trigger bloating and other minor digestive issues. Fruits such as prunes,peaches, pears and apples are also a no-no.
  • Dairy products can also cause bloating, especially if you have trouble digesting high-fat dairy products.
  • When you're eating, take small bites and chew your food properly to break the food down into small pieces, which makes it easier for your body to digest.It will also enable the smooth passage of food through your body and ease digestion.
2. Include Fenugreek Seeds
Fenugreek seeds are rich in fiber and antioxidants that aid digestion and reduce flatulence.
  • Mix a teaspoon of fenugreek seed powder in a glass of water and drink this once in the morning and once in the evening to relieve flatulence.
  • You can also try fenugreek tea. To make this at home, crush a teaspoonof fenugreek seeds in a tea infuser. Keep it in a cup and pour boiling water over it. Let it steep for 15 minutes. Have it twice daily to get rid of flatulence.
  • You can also takefenugreek capsules. However, consult your doctor before consuming them. You can buy them online.
Add More Fiber
Foods that are rich in fiber will help absorb water in your digestive tract and ease the passage of food through your intestines, preventing the buildup of gas.
  • Add fiber-rich foods slowly to your diet as too much fiber can also result in loose stools.Foods such as leafy greens, carrots and whole-grain products are a rich source of fiber.
4. Try Herbal Remedies
You can also try these natural remedies from your kitchen, whichare known gas-relievers. However, it is advisable to consult your doctor if you're using them for the first time.
  • Chew a pod of cardamom each time you feel bloated. Haveit slowly to suck in all the juice. You can havethree to five cardamom pods a day.
  • Add one tablespoon of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey to a cup of hot water. Drink this twice a day toget rid ofgas.
  • Mix one teaspoon of crushed coriander seeds in a cup of hot water. Steep for five minutes, strain and drink once a day.
5. Take A Walk
  • Sitting around when you are pregnant and cutting down on exercise can worsen bloating. If you've been walking even before you got pregnant, continue doing this during your pregnancyto beat the bloat. However, if you're just starting exercise, take short, leisurely walks every day toprevent flatulence.
  • Choose the time of day when you are at your energetic best and put on those walking shoes. Alternatively, head out for a small walk when you're feeling not so good, as it will not only cut down on gas but also elevate your mood.
For more interesting stories, visit our Health page. Read more about Pregnancy & Babycare here.
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