I have an embarassing problem. No matter what I eat or do, I have the most horrendous gas! Is this normal in pregancy? I am 16 weeks along and I don't remember going through this with my first pregnancy!
Extra gas is normal in pregnancy as progesterone slows down your intestinal tract, which lets gas build up. Secondly, your growing uterus crowds your bowels and causes gas to get trapped in pockets. As you get further along in your pregnancy and become short of breath, you swallow more air which, in turn causes more gas build-up.
There are some things you can do to help. Avoid fatty, greasy and high carbohydrate foods which are normal causes of gas. You can also check with your doctor about taking Phazyme or Mylicon. The main ingredient, Simethicone, is not absobed so it is normally safe to use while pregnant.