Here's how to prevent being overly gassy, whether you're six weeks or 35 weeks along.
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"My big problem was flatulence -- it really made my cube-based office environment uncomfortable for everyone," says Vikki Weiss, a mother of one from San Francisco. Jeanine Boiko had problems on the other end. "I had these awful burps for the first three months," says this mother of one from Levittown, New York. "I swear they tasted like cigarette butts." Both types of gas usually start in the first trimester; how long they last varies.
What causes gassiness?
Again, the slowing down of your digestive process means your stomach is full longer than usual. That plus the resulting constipation can cause gassiness. Also, rather than the pregnancy itself, the culprit may be certain things you're doing as a result of being pregnant, such as eating more calcium, fruits, veggies, and other fiber-rich foods.
"You may swallow extra air because you're anxious, and that leads to burping," says Dr. Rabin. Take a nap, try a yoga class, or go for a walk to help de-stress.
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