Pregnancy affects every woman’s body differently.  Some women may experience no morning sickness whatsoever, for example, while others may experience frequent or full-fledged vomiting.  Some may have extremely sore nipples, while others may only experience a light tenderness.  Some may be continually fatigued, while others may seem to have more energy than ever before.  The signs of pregnancy can be very individualized.  Some women will even experience bloating as a sign of pregnancy.

During pregnancy, your body has much higher levels of the hormone progesterone.  Progesterone, among other things, helps to relax smooth muscle tissue in your body.  This includes the majority of your gastrointestinal tract.  This makes it so that your digestive process slows down.  When this happens, the bacteria in the large intestine are more likely to have to break down food, which leads to bloating and gas.

There are several things that you can do if you have bloating during pregnancy.  You should always make sure to chew your food thoroughly.  This will help the food to break down properly, so that very little of it will pass out of the stomach undigested.  You should also try to avoid carbonated drinks, as they tend to cause bloating.  You should also avoid the artificial sweetener Sorbitol.  You might consider limiting how much you drink during meals.  If you do this, you should make an extra effort to make sure that you are still drinking enough at other times of the day, to avoid dehydration.

Many women may not experience bloating at all as a sign of pregnancy.  The more common signs of pregnancy include a missed period, pregnancy-induced nausea (more commonly known as morning sickness), fatigue, implantation bleeding, and breast tenderness.  If you are experiencing just bloating and none of the other symptoms of pregnancy, it is probably not likely that you are pregnant.  If the bloating is persistent or severe, or is accompanied by other symptoms such as nausea or vomiting, you should probably discuss the problem with your health care provider.

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