Pregnancy

Bloating During Pregnancy

Bloating in pregnancy is defined as the accumulation of gas in the intestine which results in pain in the abdomen and swelling in the stomach. It is caused when an excess of fluid gets encapsulated (compressed) in the body tissues of the pregnant woman.

Bloating results in many types of problems, such as constipation, weight gain, etc.

Pregnancy Bloating Problems:

Bloating during pregnancy results in gas formation, which in turn results in constipation. During pregnancy the level of progesterone increases rapidly which relaxes the smooth body tissues throughout the body including the gastrointestinal tract. It is because of this that the process of digestion slows down and results in the formation of the gas, bloating, burping and flatulence.

In the later stages of the pregnancy, as the uterus grows and covers the abdominal cavity, the process of digestion is further slowed down and pushes the stomach which results in the feeling of getting more bloated after eating. This can even result in heartburn or constipation.

All of the above are normal, however uncomfortable.

Pregnancy Signs of Bloating:

Bloating during pregnancy is quite common. This is because the lining that leads to menstruation, in any woman, produces a chemical called Prostaglandins. This liquid secretion results in the contraction of the walls of the uterus and therefore tissue is released along with the fluid, which is the cause of menstruation. When this secretion, prostaglandins is released in a huge amount, it results in bloating.

Carbohydrates in food are also one of the reasons for bloating. During pregnancy, the process of digestion slows down so the food remains in the digestive tract only and bacteria get enough time to act on it, so the formation of gas takes place.

1 response to Bloating During Pregnancy

  1. Very well explained, I now understand why and when occurs. Thanks for the post.

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