Need some pregnancy advice guys… TMI alert.

Okay, I am dying to relieve the pregnancy bloating and gas and am having no luck. I know many over the counter medications are not safe during pregnancy so I am looking for some tried and true remedies if you have any to share. Common mommy bloggers I am depending on your expert knowledge…

Before becoming pregnant I was digestive tract issue free, these days I am feeling like someone inflated me with air and it is not moving.

Here is what I am experiencing. I am having major heartburn that can be temporarily alleviated by drinking a glass of milk. It seems everything I eat causes it and laying doesn’t make it any better. This is the least of my concerns though.

More importantly I am feeling really, really bloated and like I need to burp but am unable to. The pressure in my stomach presses on my ribs and makes laying uncomfortable. Sometimes drinking a sprite helps but these days it is just making me bloat more. This has decreased my appetite lots and even makes want to vomit.

Also there is the intestinal gas that just doesn’t move either and causes major abdominal pain. Like debilitating cramping. I am “one who can’t pass gas” right now and I don’t think that is good. I don’t know if my intestines are being crammed around already or what. Do I need more fiber or water or is it just gas? I haven’t got a clue but the pain and bloating is making me insanely uncomfortable.

Do you know of anything that could help that is safe for me and little Tater Tot? Yeah we nicknamed the unborn baby Tater Tot because that is what I am craving these days. Is Metamucil safe for pregnant women, what about simethicone (the active ingredient in gas pills)? The internet says they are but isn’t there a more natural way to relieve these symptoms?

Any ideas, thoughts, recommendations, remedies or advice would be great. All this pregnancy stuff is new to me and I would love to manage the symptoms and be more comfortable. Looking forward to your suggestions and ideas!

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12 thoughts on “Need some pregnancy advice guys… TMI alert.

  1. oh dear… you poor girl. Pregnancy can do such strange things to your body.

    This is one of those times when you call your doc and then research his recommendations. All I can recommend is more water, but I’m not sure that’s going to help.

    My mother’s recommendation would have been walking to get things moving.

  2. One thing I felt every time I was pregnant was that I was no longer in control of my body. All that mattered were the “signals” the baby was sending as to what he/she needed. Unfortunately, I don’t know what signal indigestion and gas send… except do something different.

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  3. Why don’t you call your doctor’s office and ask them? Yeah, I was preggers a few times but it has been like 33 years since my last one was born, so what do I know? That’s part of what you have to pay that doctor guy for, so call his office and talk to the nurse–she will be able to suggest something, I am sure.

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  4. yogurt is your friend. it works better than milk for heartburn. you might try encapsulated acidophilus for a bigger dose, the bacteria helps balance out your digestive system. it also prevents yeast infections, which pregnan women are also very prone to.

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  5. Get down on the floor on all fours and stretch your arms out in front of you and put you butt in the air… Sounds weird but bubbles travel up right? You might have to do it a few time before anything stars moving but it helped me. Also Tums are very safe during pregnancy so you can take those for your heartburn, and they are a good source of calcium so thats an added bonus! A lot of fruit like grapes and apples will help you poop (yes I did just tell you that) also Kerns juice is all good too, and the digestive yogurts will help too! Plus yogurt is good for you too! You could also try Pedilax its a gentle laxative for babies so it might help get things moving.
    But if you really need help call your OB/GYN they can always give you something safe or recommend natural things you can do.

  6. Get TUMS!!! They are safe to take and also a good source of calcium. heartburn is a pain in the ass. I had it most of my pregnancy. You need to limit foods that cause alot of gas like broccoli and beans, spicy foods and fried/fatty foods. It depends on your body.I loved mexican food and salsa with Faith and never got any heartburn. With Riley, everything did.
    Also, when you start breastfeeding, all these foods should be in moderation beacause it could cause the baby to be gassy. Every baby is different and it’s hit-and-miss until you can figure out what is causing the babies gas. Most of what you can/can’t take while prego apply to breastfeeding. Some meds though aren’t safe while breastfeeding because they pass into your blood stream, when ur prego, the placenta blocks them out.
    The reason your bloated is that while prego, your body produces large doses of estrogen and progesterone in the early part of pregnancy to relax smooth muscle tissue throughout your body. A relaxed tract slows your digestive process.

  7. yep… what everybody else said. Walking helps move gas, but you have to be willing to let ‘er rip when the urge strikes and not be embarrassed about who’s around. Also, putting your fanny in the air while on all 4’s works, too. Takes a while, though.

    TUMS… buy them in bulk. And yogurt.

    I used to take a prenatal vitamin that was only available at health food stores that had added acidophilus and it helped things move VERY well. I had to be careful to take the vitamin when I knew I’d be home for a few hours afterwards!

    Mostly… get used to feeling a bit “off” for a while. As I recall, the last trimester those weird feelings of bloating left…just in time for my ankles to swell the size of watermelons.

    I craved everything potato during my first pregnancy… tater tots YUM. Since potatoes are the perfect food, eat up.

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  8. Unfortunately, you will be amazed at all the new things your body has in store for you. 😉 The gassiness is related to the hormones of pregnancy (progesterone, etc.) so the gassiness and heartburn will be there to some extent no matter what you do, but it doesn’t hurt to try some of the remedies mentioned since lots of water, a healthy diet and a daily walk are good for you and baby with or without those other issues. 🙂

    I would try to get a daily walk in to keep things moving.. also would do my best to support a healthy digestive tract through lots and lots of water and a daily probiotic (yogurt or supplement) as well as considering digestive enzymes (papaya is good for that while pregnant..may help with the heartburn). Rainbow Light Prenatals contain digestive enzymes and spirluna and always kept me VERY regular and cut down on the gas.. but still, it is amazing how much gas and bloat a pregnant woman can produce. (It is a running joke in our home).

    Wish you the best in finding a good solution

  9. Go to and order Gassosa. It’s an Italian soda. That soda got me through three pregnancies and I still get it when I am feeling acidy. Their warehouse is here in CT so I can just go whenever, but now they have online shopping. You can’t find this soda in stores. It’s only sold in Italian restaurants. However they let you purchase it if you go right to the warehouse too. Being Italian American, I was brought up on Foxon Park soda and Gassosa was used when we didn’t feel well. Every gulp you take makes you burp. It also settles the stomach. It’s better than any antacids.

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