How To Relieve Gas During Pregnancy

Updated in March 2022

Increased gas is a common pregnancy-related symptom that can emerge at the beginning or end of gestation. It occurs due to significant hormonal changes that causes tissues to relax and stretch, including the tissues found in the gastrointestinal symptoms. This leads to less movement within the intestines and eventually more accumulation of gas.

Mint tea is great for relieving abdominal discomfort and preventing gas build-up due to its antispasmodic properties. This tea can be made by adding 2 to 4 grams of fresh mint leaves to a cup with boiling water. Allow the leaves to soak for about 10 mjinutes, then strain and drink. You can drink up to 3 cups per day following meals. 

Increase in flatulence during pregnancy is completely normal and does not harm the baby, although it can cause intense stomach aches and abdominal discomfort for the mother. Removing foods that causes gas from the diet (like turnips, peas, and cabbage) may help, but, in some cases, it may be necessary to use medications prescribed by the obstetrician.

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Treatment for flatulence during pregnancy 

Flatulence during pregnancy can be treated with medication prescribed by an obstetrician, such as simethicone or dimethicone, which help to get rid of intestinal gas and decrease any associated discomfort or pain.

Miralax is an over-the-counter option that is safe for use during pregnancy. It should be taken as outlined in the package instructions. 

What to do to prevent flatulence

Increases in flatulence during pregnancy are often related to increases in progesterone, which contributes to overall relaxation of tissues in the body. It can lead to slower digestion, resulting in accumulation of stomach and intestinal gas.

To prevent excess gas during pregnancy, you can consider the following: 

  • Avoid eating difficult to digest foods and fizzy drinks;
  • Avoid foods that are known to cause flatulence such as sweet potato, eggs, cabbage, onion, broccoli, beans, chickpeas, fried foods, peas, peaches and grains;
  • Avoid talking when you are eating;
  • Eat slowly and chew food properly;
  • Wear comfortable and loose-fitting clothes;
  • Take daily walks;
  • Avoid chewing gum.

Exercising and deep breathing can also help to improve digestion, as it stimulates peristalsis in the intestines, which helps gas to move along the tract.

What gas pain feels like

Symptoms of excess gas in pregnancy normally include sharp abdominal pain, which seems like something stabbing the stomach area, flatulence, constipation, and cramps. If you have other symptoms too, such as abdominal pain on one side, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, please visit your obstetrician.