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Flatulence or gas is normally formed in the intestines as the body digests food, but intestinal problems are common during pregnancy. This occurs because hormonal changes (increased progesterone) They relax the muscles of the digestive system and put pressure on the intestines, which interferes with the digestion of food, causing cramps, inflammation and gas in the belly.
Food plays an important role: both the low amount of fiber in the diet and the abundant content of it is capable of triggering symptoms such as abdominal bloating, therefore it is necessary to know what foods can be consumed or discarded, as well as how to prepare them.
1. Legumes (lentils, beans, chickpeas).
2. Vegetables (cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, onion, artichokes, cucumber, bell pepper, broad beans, radishes, turnips, asparagus, lettuce).
3. Fruits such as orange, grapefruit, lemon, apricots, plums, grapes.
4. Cereals (whole grains, oats, wheat bran, oat bran).
5. Excess artificial sweeteners (mannitol, xylitol, and sorbitol), found mainly in soda, gum, and sugar-free candy.
6. Excess flour, sugars and consume large amounts of fiber in those who are not used to it.
7. Excess dairy (milk and cheeses).
Eating too fast, talking excessively while eating and chewing with your mouth open causes air to enter, generating more gases. Also drink liquids directly from a bottle or through a straw.
- First test toleranceNot all foods that produce gases in one person cause the same effect in others; You can keep a food log to detect which foods are causing you the most gas.
- Once you detect those foods, suppress them momentarily of feeding during a time, until the symptoms improve, then introduce the same gradually and test tolerance.
- If you want to consume legumes it is recommended break the boil while they cook (remove from heat or add cold water), you can also remove the skin of legumes or buy for example peeled lentils.
- Fruits such as pineapple, papaya and kiwi contain (proteolytic) enzymes that prevent gas formation; as well you can consume the fruit without skin.
- Consume dairy such as yogurt that provide prebiotics and help the formation of beneficial bacteria in the intestine, improving digestion.
- Eat slowly and chew very well food improves digestion.
- Consume fluids after meals.
- Take infusions after meals such as chamomile, linden, cinnamon, mint or cardamom and, if you like, you can add anise seeds.
- Perform physical exercise: the movement helps to eliminate gases, but without forgetting to breathe correctly (breathe in through the nose and breathe out through the mouth).
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