Burping During Pregnancy

Most of the people burp a few times in a day and usually after having food. Pregnant women however burp more frequently because of the increased progesterone in the body and also because of the baby pushing on the lungs, stomach as well as intestines. For most of the women in such situations, being embarrassed is very natural.

Causes

  • In early days of the pregnancy when the uterus is going through certain changes and is able to crowd the intestines, pregnancy hormones go through a lot of changes as well. The increasing amount of progesterone lowers the pace of digestion which gives the body more time to produce gas through belching or flatulence which can also cause bloating and other problems of digestion.
  • During pregnancy, the uterus grows and the intestines get shifted and crowded in the abdomen that reduces the pace of digestion. The growing uterus also puts stress on the stomach that can increase bloating causing the pregnant women to burp constantly.
  • The effects of pregnancy are undoubtedly not really pleasant. The hormones cause muscle relaxation that makes it difficult to control burps or farts as the muscles don’t respond that well.
  • Pregnancy apparently makes the expecting mother crave more so there are chances of over eating or eating food that might not be healthy and causes indigestion that further leads to belching.
  • Fried, baked and refined food items cause this problem too. Vegetables such as onions, cabbage, cauliflower, potatoes, aerated drinks, caffeine, chocolates, and dairy products if taken in excess can cause indigestion.
  • Eating large portion of food is also responsible in this case. The digestion process is already slow and eating more can make it worse.

How to deal with burping during pregnancy?

Digestion is the most important part to be taken care of during pregnancy, not only for the mother but also for the baby. With some really simple changes the problems can be taken care of.

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  • Exercising is very crucial during pregnancy to maintain a good digestive system and also help with the labor pain. However one must consult a specialist for certain exercises and a proper diet chart that can stimulate the digestion process.
  • One must really watch the eating habits. Taking smaller and frequent meals is the key. Avoiding foods that cause belching is mandatory.
  • Consumption of liquid should also be taken care of. Although milk is healthy but too much of it should be avoided as it produces gas. One can have chilled milk instead of hot. Aerated and sweetened drinks, alcohol, caffeinated and sparkling drinks are a complete no. Fresh fruits and vegetable juice can be had once or twice in a day.
  • If with constant belching there is also gas and abdominal pain along with loose motions or constipation then one must check with a doctor.
  • Apart from smaller and frequent meals it is also important to have balanced meals  that includes the right amounts of proteins, minerals, lean fat, roughage, antioxidants and other nutrients that one needs in pregnancy.
  • Foods such as beans, broccoli, sprouts, and asparagus, and bran cause burping have a higher tendency to cause gas related problems and should be avoided.
  • It is essential to have lots of water as it helps to digest food in a better way reducing the frequency of burping. Water not only improves digestion but also flushes out the toxins from the body.
  • Expecting mothers should also try not to swallow much air while eating as it leads to bloating and burping. While eating if there is a straight posture and if food is chewed slowly there would be lesser air swallowed.

Remedies

  1. Drinking peppermint tea which is a carminative is very helpful in preventing the formation of gas. Its herbal properties do the right trick!
  2. Other carminatives such as cinnamon, garlic, basil leaves and ginger are not only easy to consume but are easily available and versatile. However one must consult a doctor before taking any of these as it might not be the safest option during pregnancy.
  3. Remaining stress free, and relaxing as much as possible is the key to have an excellent digestive system during pregnancy. One must stay away from tensions and any other kind of stress as it can increase intestinal troubles.
  4. Meditation, deep breathing and yoga are some of the best options to avoid belching or other digestion problems.
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