Pregnant and gassy
You’re not the first pregnant woman to feel more farty than usual. Here’s why.
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They say the average person farts about 16 times a day, but you might be feeling that you’re more than filling your quota. With a big stomach and extra gas, you might be feeling like one of those huge weather balloons.

It is a very common side-effect of being pregnant to experience common-or-garden farts and an increase in burping and hiccups.

The hormones relax and progesterone are at work, relaxing the muscles in your body and in your gastrointestinal tract, which can lead to indigestion or gassiness. Your expanding uterus also places increased pressure on your rectum, which affects your muscle control.

What you can do about flatulence
  • Try to avoid constipation as it makes flatulence worse.
  • Eat fruit and veggies to give you lots of fibre, and drink plenty of water.
  • Avoid gassy foods such as fizzy cold drinks, beans and cabbage.
  • Exercise regularly to help bubbles work their way through naturally.
  • Work on your repertoire of humorous explanations for the extra gas – and if in doubt, blame the baby!

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