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What to do to eliminate intestinal gases during pregnancy

To eliminate gas during pregnancy and relieve abdominal discomfort you can consume lemon balm tea, for example, because of its soothing and anti-spasmodic properties, which can help relieve pain and discomfort. To make this tea, simply put 2 tablespoons of lemongrass leaves in a boiling cup of water, let the mixture rest for approximately 10 minutes, strain and drink up to 3 cups of tea a day.

Gases in pregnancy do not harm the baby, but can cause severe belly pain and abdominal discomfort in pregnant women, which can be alleviated with fennel tea, for example, or with obstetric-prescribed medication such as dimethicone.

What to do to eliminate intestinal gases during pregnancy

How to treat intestinal gases during pregnancy

Gases in pregnancy can be treated with medication prescribed by the obstetrician like Luftal or Dimethicone, which may help to eliminate gas more easily, reducing discomfort and pain.

Another option to treat intestinal gases in pregnancy is by applying a Micro Clister, such as Microlax, which can be purchased at a pharmacy. You must follow the indications on the package leaflet or the package itself.

What to do to avoid intestinal gases during pregnancy

It is normal to have an increase in the production of gases during pregnancy, because of the increase in the hormone progesterone, which relaxes all the tissues of the body, including those of the digestive system, slowing digestion and favoring the formation of stomach and intestinal gases. To avoid gas during pregnancy, you should:

  • Avoid eating foods that are harder to digest and fizzy drinks;
  • Avoid foods that cause gas, such as: sweet potatoes, eggs, cabbage, onions, broccoli, beans, chickpeas, fried foods, peas, peaches and grains;
  • Avoid talking while eating;
  • Eat slowly and chew foods very well;
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing;
  • Walk daily;
  • Avoid chewing gum.

Exercising lightly and breathing deeply also helps to improve digestion, promotes peristaltic movements of the intestine, which can help to eliminate the gases and reduce their production.

How to identify intestinal gases during pregnancy

Gases both at the beginning and at the end of pregnancy are most common after major meals and can be avoided with some simple habits such as avoiding the consumption of foods that cause gas and avoid eating too much in the same meal. This, in addition to decreasing the production of gases, decreases heartburn and burning, which are also common during pregnancy.

The symptoms of gas in pregnancy are intense abdominal pain, usually in the form of a twinge, flatulence, constipation and intestinal colic, for example. When in addition to these symptoms pregnant woman present only abdominal pain on one side, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, she should see the obstetrician who accompanies the pregnancy.


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  • CURTIS, Susan et al.. O livro de receitas das ervas medicinais. São Paulo: Dorling Kindersley, 2011. 84.
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