Similar to symptoms of menstrual periods, And it may occur during bloating in early pregnancy. This may be due to hormonal changes, which can also slow down your digestive system. As a result, you might feel constipated and blocked. Constipation may also increase the feeling of abdominal bloating.
When is bloating actually happening during pregnancy?
Bloating may be one of your most common and least pleasurable early pregnancy symptoms, first occurring around week 11 and likely to last throughout your pregnancy until the day of delivery.
What causes pregnancy bloating?
It might seem like your jeans are starting to feel snug as soon as the pregnancy test is positive—and you can thank the pregnancy hormone progesterone for this puffy phenomenon.
While progesterone is important for maintaining a healthy pregnancy (it is, after all, a progestation hormone), it also generates an oh-so-delightful trio: bloating, burping and passing gas.
Why is that? Progesterone causes the smooth muscle tissue of your body (including the oral cavity) to relax. This slows down digestion, giving the nutrients you eat more time to enter your bloodstream and reach your baby. Well, that’s good news.
Bad news is that slower digestion when you’re pregnant can make you feel bloated and have a cramp or two (or seven).
What’s more, your expanding uterus puts increasing pressure on your rectum, which can cause muscle control to crumble and cause some serious wind to pass.
How long does bloating last in early pregnancy?
Bloating may be one of your most frequent and least pleasurable early pregnancy symptoms, first occurring around week 11 and likely to last throughout your pregnancy until the day of delivery.
How to get rid of your bloating during pregnancy…
While there is a pretty good chance that you will experience some bloating no matter what you do during pregnancy, managing heartburn can minimize the build-up of painful gas. Here are a few tips that might help:
Change you diet menu.
Things in our diet can often add value to bloat and discomfort, even if they are otherwise healthy. Things like beans, whole grains, and vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, and asparagus may increase your bloating. Apples, onions, and tomatoes are all high in fructose, which may cause discomfort and bloating.
Have you seen diarrhea as an extra symptom of your bloating and pain?
If this is consistent with an increase in dairy products when you became pregnant, you may be lactose-intolerant. Some people with mild intolerance do not show symptoms unless they boost their milk consumption.
Drink a lot of water.
Staying hydrated helps keep it fresh through your digestive system, avoiding bloating, which is a leading symptom of gas and bloating.
If you usually scarf your lunch in a flat five minutes, you’re probably breathing a lot of air along with that food. The air will eventually settle into your belly in the form of stressful gas bubbles (no pain to your baby, just you) and bloating.
Do your best to eat at a reasonable speed during pregnancy, no matter how busy you are. Not only are you going to reduce your abdominal discomfort, but you’re going to give yourself another well break.
Healthcare professionals recommend that women stop smoking before they even try to get pregnant.
It is widely known that smoking can cause a lot of damage to your unborn child, including a reduction in oxygen, low birth weights, an elevated chance of respiratory problems, as well as SIDS. But many don’t know that it also has some side effects that can cause you some discomfort during pregnancy.
Smoking, or not, can lead to bloating because smokers inhale more than their non-smoking counterparts (3). And this air is often trapped in the stomach or in the colon.
Massage the abdomen.
This tip can really only work early in your pregnancy, before your baby bump eclipses your internal organs. But (very gentle) abdominal massage can help to ease constipation:
- Begin gently massaging your right hip bone in a circular motion.
- Move up to your right ribs, across your abdomen, down to your left hip, and down to your belly button.
- The entire circuit should take two to three minutes.
- Repeat for a total of about 10 minutes.