Thursday, August 6, 2009

Mummy + Bloating = What to do?? Kekekeke..

What a day.. ! Gosh Aidan, yesterday, i was suprised with my bloated, swelling feet.. Kekeke.. Pregnancy thingy.. I don't really mind about it, as it is in my 'expected' lists, when it comes to being a pregger.. The itchiness?? Well, let's just say that i can feel it most of the time, i did scratch here and there but not on my tummy, ofcoz.. Kekeke..

So today, mummy did some research on it.. Let me share with you what mummy had to go through now.. Iam 6 months pregnant to you.. And this is what is happening to me now, as i am typing.. :)

What causes that bloated, gurgly, gassy, full-of-it feeling during pregnancy — and what every pregnant woman can do about it.

What it is: In the dictionary, "to bloat" means "to swell up or inflate, as with liquid or gas." (Ah, so that's why you've been feeling like a hot-air balloon.) When you're pregnant, bloating means discomfort — and lots of it, since bloatedness may be one of your most frequent and least charming pregnancy symptom.

What causes it: It almost seems that your jeans start to feel snug as soon as the pregnancy test comes back positive — and you can thank the hormone progesterone for that puffy phenomenon. While progesterone is essential for maintaining a healthy pregnancy (it is, after all, the pro-gestation hormone), it also triggers that oh-so-delightful trio: bloating, burping, and farting. Why? Progesterone causes the smooth muscle tissue in your body (including the gastrointestinal tract) to relax. This slows down digestion, giving the nutrients from food you eat more time to enter your bloodstream and reach your baby. That's the good news. The bad news is this slower metabolism can cause bloating.

What you need to know about it: Sorry, but that ate-too-much feeling you're experiencing is likely to get worse as your uterus keeps expanding and pressing on your stomach and intestines. It's a bit of a pain for you (literally), but take comfort in knowing that your baby is oblivious to your discomfort. He's snug as a bug in your womb, just listening to the beautiful gastric music your body is making.

What to do about bloating during pregnancy:

Eat right and drink plenty of water to avoid becoming constipated, which can aggravate bloating.

Opt for smaller meals that don't overload your digestive system. Aim for six small meals a day, rather than three large ones.

Slow down (see, your mom was right). When you eat too quickly, you often swallow air, which can form gas pockets in your belly. Chew food thoroughly to give digestion a head start — not only will you make your mother happier, but your tummy as well.

Try to relax. Tension can also cause you to swallow air, both during meals and during the day.

Don't talk turkey over your turkey sandwich if it'll get you stressed.

Avoid gassy foods such as cabbage, beans, fried foods, onions, or anything that affects your particular digestive tract in a painful or musical manner.
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