When you\’re pregnant, you\’re likely to worry about some big things. Is your baby healthy? How bad will labor really be? You\’re also likely to worry about some little things. Will your stretch marks go away? What\’s up with the hair on your tummy? You might even find that you worry about things that seem too embarrassing to discuss at all. Why do you burp so much? Why do you pass gas at inconvenient times? Let me reassure you that you\’re not the only one who struggles with gas in pregnancy. Some pregnant women could enter a burp contest with a group of 10-year-old boys and win! Take me, for example. When I was pregnant with my first baby, I was a guest on a radio talk show. I burped throughout the entire show, leaning back from the microphone and hoping the sound wasn\’t on the air. And it isn\’t just burps that come at inconvenient times. Flatulence can be unexpected and embarrassing, too. What makes pregnant ladies so gassy? In early pregnancy, before your uterus is big enough to crowd your intestines, pregnancy hormones are hard at work. The increase in progesterone slows digestion, providing more time for gas to be produced. Your body responds by removing the gas with burps and farts. This gas can also lead to a feeling of bloating, especially after a large meal.
As your uterus enlarges, your intestines are shifted and crowded in your abdomen. This slows digestion even more. Your expanding uterus also pushes on your stomach, which can increase a feeling of bloating. As if this weren\’t enough, the muscle-relaxing effect of pregnancy hormones leaves you less able to control the passing of gas. Before pregnancy you might have been able to hold your gas, but now your muscles don\’t respond as well. This can lead to some embarrassing moments. It\’s not hopeless, though. Aside from blaming it on the dog or your partner, you can reduce the effects of gas in pregnancy:
Get moving. With your health care provider\’s OK, exercise can stimulate digestion helping things to move along faster. Watch what you eat. Avoid foods that tend to cause gas, such as fried or fatty foods, onions, cauliflower and cabbage. Watch what you drink. If milk seems to cause gas, try drinking it icy cold. Keep carbonated drinks to a minimum. Don\’t eat too much at once. Try smaller, more frequent meals. If gas in pregnancy feels more like abdominal pain at any point or you notice severe diarrhea or blood in your stool, consult your health care provider. Have you been surprised by how much gas you\’re experiencing during pregnancy? Please share your stories.
April 23, 2013 Oh, man! Have you ever smelled fart of a pregnant woman? Horrible! A pound of rotten eggs smells far better than the smell of a pregnant woman. It stinks so much! How to Avoid the Horrible Smell? 1. Don\’t hide your fart: Guys, you should tell your wife not to cover up the fart with blanket or clothes. She may be doing it because she is embarrassed, but when she hides it (and later opens it), it smells so bad. If she had farted into the open, it would have dissipated so much more easily. 2. Avoid gassy foods (read about this below). Interesting Facts about Farting Nitrogen and carbon dioxide are the main components of the gas released in a fart. Methane and hydrogen are also present. Farts containing enough methane and hydrogen can be ignited (if someone ignites a lighter when you fart, it can start a fire, and you will have to call the fire department). Sulfur-containing compounds such as methanethiol, hydrogen sulfide (that provide that rotten egg smell), and dimethyl sulfide are the reason for the fragrance (hee hee hee) of the fart. The Science of Farts? Quite simple! Yeast fermentation. Yes, its that same process that helps to produce alcohol, wine, bread, and cheese. Farting is caused by yeast fermentation (bacteria fermentation, too) of undigested food in the gastrointestinal tract.
In pregnant women, farting is caused by pregnancy hormones like relaxin and progesterone that relax muscles in the body. They make food move more slowly through the gastrointestinal track (good for baby) and that causes farting. If you are pregnant and your husband complains that you stink, be happy. Farting is good for the baby. Foods That Can Cause Gas 1. beans 2. lentils 3. dairy products 4. onions 5. garlic 6. scallions 7. leeks 8. turnips 9. rutabagas 10. radishes 11. sweet potatoes 12. potatoes 13. cashews 14. Jerusalem artichokes 15. oats 16. wheat 17. Cauliflower 18. broccoli 19. cabbage How to Reduce Farting During Pregnancy? 1. Minimize intake of the gassy foods described above. 2. Drink a lot of water. 3. Take smaller meals that don\’t overload your digestive system (try for six small meals rather than three big meals). 4. Eat slowly. When you eat fast, you swallow air that can form gas pockets in your belly. Guys, if you wanna be a daddy, learn how to live with a farting wife. Ladies, if you are pregnant and farting, FART in STYLE. When you get that lovely angel in your arms, you both can think about those farting days and laugh. 🙂 I wish you all a happy farting-pregnant-days!