When you're pregnant, you have lots of questions. Our week-by-week pregnancy guide is packed with lots of useful information. From what's happening inside your body, to how your baby is developing, and tips and advice on having a healthy pregnancy – this is your one-stop pregnancy guide!
Our week-by-week pregnancy guide is full of essential information. From early pregnancy symptoms to how your baby is growing and developing, you'll find it all here.
Welcome to week 10. Pregnancy is divided into 3 chunks, called "trimesters". You are nearly at the end of your 1st trimester. By the 2nd trimester you will probably have lots more energy and all those signs of early pregnancy will gradually fade away.
Around now, you may have a booking appointment with a midwife. You'll be asked lots of questions about your health and medical history. You can ask lots of questions too.
What's happening in my body?
You may be struggling to do up your jeans. Your uterus (womb) is around the size of a large orange, while your baby is more like the size of an apricot.
You may be feeling bloated and you might find yourself burping or passing wind – this is due to your hormones. The female hormone progesterone is just doing its job – relaxing the muscles in your womb so that it can expand along with your growing baby. However, in the process, the muscles in your digestive tract also become looser and this can lead to symptoms such as heartburn.
How to beat the bloating
You can help digestive problems such as bloating and burping by changing what you eat. Try making yourself 6 small meals a day and avoid eating late at night.
Eat slowly, sip fluids and avoid smoking and alcohol. A short stroll after meals may help. Some people find their symptoms happen after drinking coffee or eating rich, spicy and fatty foods.
Read NHS advice on dealing with indigestion and heartburn in pregnancy.
Early pregnancy symptoms (at 10 weeks)
Your pregnancy symptoms may include:
a metallic taste in your mouth
indigestion and heartburn
new likes and dislikes for food and drink
a heightened sense of smell
a white milky pregnancy discharge from your vagina
light spotting (see your doctor if you get bleeding in pregnancy)
cramping, a bit like period pains
darkened skin on your face or brown patches - this is known as chloasma or the –mask of pregnancy–
greasier, spotty skin
thicker and shinier hair
bloating and the feeling of being bloated (read ways of dealing with bloating on week 10's page
Read Tommy's guide to common pregnancy symptoms.
If any symptoms are worrying you, talk to your midwife or doctor.
What does my baby look like?
Your baby, or foetus, is now around 30mm long from head to bottom, which is about the size of a small apricot. The baby will be making jerky movements and baby's movement can be seen on a scan.
Your baby is going through another huge growth spurt. The head is still too big for the body, but the face is more recognisably in proportion. The eyes are half closed but can react to light. The ears are starting to form, the mouth now has a delicate upper lip and the nose has 2 little nostrils. The jaw bone is shaping up too, and contains tiny versions of your baby's milk teeth. The heart is beating extremely quickly at 180bpm – that's about 3 times your heart rate.
You might have started thinking about where you'd like to have your baby. Would you prefer a hospital or a midwife-led birthing centre? Start doing some research into your local options.
This week you could also:
Share the news with your GP or ask for an appointment with a midwife at your doctors' surgery. Alternatively you can refer yourself to your local hospital – look for contact details on their website.
You'll need to arrange a booking appointment. This usually takes place between weeks eight and 12 and takes around an hour. You can talk about the options for your pregnancy and the birth. Plus you'll be offered screening tests for infectious diseases, and conditions such as Down's syndrome. You could ask about the Maternity Transformation Programme and how it could benefit you.
You will be offered your first dating scan at 8 to 14 weeks.
If it's your first pregnancy, you will probably have around 10 appointments and 2 scans in total. Ask if it's possible to see the same carer for your entire pregnancy, to give you continuity.
Ask your midwife or doctor about online antenatal classes – they may be able to recommend one. The charity Tommy's has lots of useful information on antenatal classes and preparing you for birth.
Antenatal classes will give you the chance to meet other people and prepare you for parenthood. The NCT offers online antenatal classes with small groups of people that live locally to you.
Take prenatal vitamins. You're advised to take 400 micrograms of folic acid, every day, until at least week 12. This helps your baby's nervous system to form and offers some protection from conditions such as spina bifida.
To keep bones and muscles healthy, we need vitamin D. From late March/early April to the end of September, most people make enough vitamin D from sunlight on their skin. However, between October and early March, you should consider taking a daily vitamin D supplement because we cannot make enough from sunlight.
Some people should take a vitamin D supplement all year round, find out if this applies to you on the NHS website. You just need 10 micrograms (it's the same for grown-ups and kids). Check if you're entitled to free vitamins.
It's recommended that you do 150 minutes of exercise a week while pregnant. You could start off with just 10 minutes of daily exercise - perhaps take a brisk walk outside. Check out Sport England's #StayInWorkOut online exercises (scroll to the pregnancy section). Listen to your body and do what feels right for you.
There's no need to eat for 2. If you pile on the pounds, you could put you and your baby at risk of health problems such as high blood pressure. Eat healthily, with plenty of fresh fruit and veg, and avoid processed, fatty and salty foods. You may be able to get free milk, fruit and veg through the Healthy Start scheme.
If you have a long term health condition, then let your specialist or GP know that you're pregnant as soon as possible. Don't stop taking any regular medication without discussing it first with your doctor.
How are you today? If you're feeling anxious or low, then talk to your midwife or doctor who can point you in the right direction to get all the support that you need. You could also discuss your worries with your partner, friends and family.
You may be worried about your relationship, or money, or having somewhere permanent to live. Don't keep it to yourself. It's important to ask for help if you need it.
Want to know when the baby's due?
Use the NHS's pregnancy due date calculator. You'll get a more accurate date from your doctor or midwife when you have a dating scan (usually at 8 to 14 weeks).
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Is It Common to Burp During Pregnancy?
Causes of Burping While Pregnant
How to Stop Burping While Pregnant
When to Consult a Doctor
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If you are constantly burping during pregnancy, then you might wonder if it is one of the unwanted symptoms of pregnancy. You must be well-acquainted with the other common pregnancy symptoms such as morning sickness, back pain, breathlessness, fatigue, etc. But what about burping? Is it common to burp frequently during pregnancy? Read on to find out!
Is It Common to Burp During Pregnancy?
Among the numerous symptoms of pregnancy, you may not have heard of burping but it is rather common. If you are burping more than usual during pregnancy, it is because of your pregnancy hormones. The hormonal changes in your body can increase the proportion of gas in the stomach and the intestine. As your eating habits change, you may also experience morning sickness and excess saliva. The stress of pregnancy can also put the body in a different zone altogether, making burping as an unintended consequence of it.
Causes of Burping While Pregnant
The frequency of sour burps during pregnancy is generally high. The main cause of burping is the hormone progesterone, which is secreted during pregnancy. This hormone relaxes the lower oesophagal sphincter, letting the acid to enter the oesophagus easily, which further leads to acidity and burping. Slow digestion process and intestinal movements also aggravate the problem.
Some Other Symptoms Associated With Burping
If you are constantly burping during pregnancy, you may also notice some other symptoms too such as –
You may feel full and that feeling of fullness reaches your throat
You may feel bloated
You will have nausea accompanied by instances of heartburn
Most of these signs are strongest in the initial months of pregnancy, which is when the burps tend to be at their highest frequency, too.
How to Stop Burping While Pregnant
Burping at night during pregnancy can disturb your sleep and you might wake up the next day on the wrong side of the bed. If burping is keeping you awake, there are ways to prevent it. Read on to know how you can keep your pregnancy burps in check and reduce their frequencies to a bare minimum.
1. Sleep Properly
While pregnant, it is important that you get a deep sleep and for that, you must sleep in the right posture. Maintaining the right posture while sleeping can help lower the tendency to burp at night. Lie down on your left side, either by bending your legs or tucking them together. Such a position is conducive to digestion and can help your stomach process the food easily at night and prevent the formation of gas.
2. Exercise Regularly
You don’t need to run around and lift weights during pregnancy; performing light exercises regularly can go a long way in keeping your digestive system in a proper condition. When you indulge in physical activity, it will release various chemicals in your body, which will stimulate different parts of your body and enhance their working. Simple activities such as washing utensils or drying clothes can also do the trick!
3. Stay Calm
Your physical well-being, particularly, gastrointestinal health depends significantly on your mental health. Any presence of tension or anxiety can disturb the balance of chemicals in the stomach, causing indigestion or increased production of gases. Hence, it is important that you do some light exercises or practice meditation or simple yoga. It will help maintain mental peace and keep your body functioning in an optimal condition.
4. Stop Smoking and Drinking
If you smoke or drink, it is about time to stop if you are pregnant. Smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol should be instinctively avoided once you find out that you are pregnant or even when you are trying to get pregnant. Drinking and smoking can affect your health as well as your baby’s health, so they are best avoided. Furthermore, smoking and drinking increase the chances of swallowing air along with it, which can lead to burping. So, it is best to avoid them.
5. Swallow Liquids Slowly
Swallowing liquids slowly can lower the frequency of burps during pregnancy. Many people are into the habit of drinking directly from a bottle but it is wrong. Drinking water through a bottle without it touching your mouth can increase your chances of taking in more air with the liquid that stays trapped in the stomach. Whenever you drink water, drink it from a cup or glass, slowly and gradually, while sitting straight.
6. Chew Your Food Slowly
While pregnant, try and enjoy your meals. The stress of pregnancy could cause you to eat your food quickly and swallow it rapidly, which will increase the chances of indigestion and the formation of gas. So, eat your food slowly and do not talk while eating. Also, take a light stroll after you are done to stimulate the digestion process.
Do Not Drink Aerated Beverages
The chances of burping increase when you gulp down your favourite carbonated drinks. Aerated beverages contain carbon dioxide and caffeine in high amount, which is not healthy for a pregnant woman. So coffee, tea, cola drinks, etc., are best avoided during pregnancy. You can drink water and fresh juices to keep yourself hydrated. If you want to drink tea, opt for herbal teas as they can relax your body and provide various health benefits to you.
8. Avoid Eating Gassy Foods
Even if you take all the precautions to reduce the intake of air or other reasons for burping, there are certain food items that will result in an increased production of gas. This is due to the nature of their constitution. Cabbage, asparagus, broccoli and even various sugar-free products contain substances that lead to the formation of gas within the body. Fried products are next in line and their overconsumption could lead to heartburn. So, keep their consumption to a minimum.
9. Have Small But Frequent Meals
A lot of food consumed in one go can increase the load on the stomach and increase the chances of indigestion or slow down the digestive processes. All of these work in tandem in creating gas within your body and increasing the burping frequency. Switch the traditional three-meal structure to a six-meal one. This will keep you full and curb unwanted cravings, and reduce the chances of experiencing the unwanted effects of indigestion.
10. Take Antacids
Antacids can provide relief from burping too, so you can take them if you don’t feel better after trying other remedies. However, take them under medical supervision.
When to Consult a Doctor
You don’t need to consult a doctor if you are burping more often than usual for a day or two. It could be a one-off incident because of a particular food that you ate. Make sure that your diet continues of everything nutritious and you should be fine. However, if this problem of burping is getting beyond control and you experience heartburn and indigestion, you should consult your doctor. She will guide you the best! She might suggest a few options to calm you down and even check for any other conditions that might be causing it.
Burping in pregnancy is very common but we know it can be troublesome. However, the problem should resolve on its own. You can follow the above-mentioned tips to prevent yourself from burping. These tips should help keep you in the pink of health throughout your pregnancy.
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Belching during pregnancy - causes, diagnosis and treatment
Belching during pregnancy is the release of gastric gases in a pregnant woman with a characteristic sound, which occurs due to contraction of the smooth muscles of the stomach with an open cardiac sphincter. The symptom is more often caused by physiological causes: hormonal changes, errors in diet, physical inactivity, but may also indicate the presence of a disease. To identify the root cause of erection during gestation, safe studies are prescribed - ultrasound, tests, pH-metry. To reduce belching, non-drug methods, prokinetics, and sedatives are used.
Causes of belching during pregnancy
During normal pregnancy
The release of a small amount of air through the oral cavity is a physiological process that is observed in absolutely healthy people. During the bearing of a child in a woman's body, changes occur in various organs and systems that can affect the frequency of belching. Physiological erection is characterized by belching of air with a specific sound, while the pregnant woman does not feel an unpleasant odor or taste in her mouth. The following factors contribute to the frequent release of gastric gases during pregnancy:
Hormonal changes . From the first trimester, a woman has an increased synthesis of progesterone, which is necessary for normal gestation and a decrease in uterine tone. The hormone also affects the smooth muscles of the stomach and esophagus, causing them to relax excessively. Due to the stretching of the organs, an accumulation of gases occurs, provoking a reflex opening of the cardiac sphincter, a spasm of the pylorus and the release of air.
Uterine growth . A significant increase in the volume of the uterus is detected in the second and third trimesters of pregnancy, which is accompanied by a displacement of neighboring organs. The stomach is pushed back to the diaphragm, compressed, as a result of which its contractile activity and coordination of the work of muscle sphincters are disturbed. This leads to frequent burping. Also, women note shortness of breath associated with insufficient expansion of the lungs.
Reduced physical activity . At late gestational periods, it becomes difficult for a pregnant woman to do her usual work, so women often lead a hypodynamic lifestyle. The reduction in physical activity provokes hypotension of the muscles of the stomach and intestines, slow progress of the chyme through the alimentary canal. Belching occurs as a reflex act due to overstretching of the walls of the digestive tract, sometimes combined with heaviness in the stomach after eating.
Aerophagy . Swallowing air while eating is a common cause of erections during pregnancy. This condition develops when talking while eating, insufficient chewing of food, snacking in a hurry. Due to the excess amount of air that has entered the stomach, the walls of the organ are overstretched, followed by a sharp contraction. This is manifested by prolonged erection with characteristic sounds, a feeling of fullness in the epigastrium.
Use of certain foods . Failure to follow the recommendations of a gynecologist on nutrition during pregnancy can lead to belching. The symptom is often provoked by the use of fresh fruits and berries, black bread, legumes. The mechanism of development is associated with increased gas formation, which, against the background of a slowdown in gastric motility, causes flatulence and erection of gastric gases. Belching is also provoked by the use of chewing gum.
Autonomic innervation changes . During pregnancy, a restructuring of all body systems, including the autonomic nervous system, occurs. The regulation of gastrointestinal motility is mainly realized through the parasympathetic fibers of the vagus nerve, with a change in neuro-reflex interactions, mild dyspeptic disorders are possible. Belching of gastric gases occurs at different times of the day, regardless of food intake.
Specific pathologies of pregnancy
Dyspeptic disorders are one of the manifestations of specific diseases of the gestational period. These conditions have different etiologies and mechanisms of development; they can be caused by an immunological conflict, pathological visceral impulses from the uterus, and serious dysfunctions of the peripheral nerve plexuses. A sharp deterioration in the condition of a woman and the appearance of atypical symptoms are indications for seeking qualified help. Belching is observed in such pathological conditions as:
Pregnancy cholestasis . Idiopathic bile stasis, according to various sources, affects 0.1-2% of pregnant women. It is believed that cholestasis is caused by increased synthesis of cholesterol and a violation of the colloidal balance of bile under the influence of estrogens. The disorder is manifested by intense itching of the skin, which is combined with jaundice, dark urine, dyspeptic disorders (eructation, nausea, flatulence).
Toxicosis . Belching during pregnancy is one of the symptoms of early toxicosis, which is detected in 50-60% of patients, starting from the 5th week of gestation. With a mild degree, the general condition of the pregnant woman is not disturbed, she is worried about nausea, salivation, and erection. Moderate and severe forms of the disease are characterized by repeated vomiting up to 20 times a day, up to the impossibility of enteral nutrition, dehydration.
Intestinal atony . Difficulties with bowel movements are common, affecting about 60% of women during pregnancy. Constipation of pregnant women has neurogenic and hormonal prerequisites, the situation is aggravated by the pressure of the enlarged uterus on the intestines. Belching occurs reflexively in response to stagnation of feces, stretching of the intestinal walls, and a decrease in peristaltic activity. With intestinal atony, gastric gases have a fetid odor.
Other diseases of the digestive system
Belching during pregnancy may occur against the background of concomitant pathology of the digestive system, which is aggravated during gestation. The manifestation of chronic diseases during the period of bearing a child is caused by the influence of sex hormones, an increased load on the digestive system, and a violation of homeostasis reactions. With organic pathologies of the gastrointestinal tract, erection is usually accompanied by other symptoms (pain, stool instability), which requires a visit to a specialist. Lead to the development of belching:
GERD. The appearance of reflux of aggressive gastric contents is associated with a decrease in the sensitivity of receptors to histamine, a slowdown in gallstone motility and an increase in intra-abdominal pressure. Symptoms are aggravated in the second or third trimester of pregnancy: women complain of acid erection, heartburn, periodic chest pains that appear after diet errors, being in a horizontal position.
Chronic gastritis . If a woman had chronic inflammation of the stomach before pregnancy, then the probability of exacerbation is more than 75%. The severity of symptoms depends on the variant of gastritis. In a hyperacid state, there are pains in the epigastric region, sour eructation, stool disorders with a predominance of diarrhea. With reduced acidity, pregnant women complain of erection with a rotten smell, a feeling of heaviness and fullness of the stomach after eating.
Chronic pancreatitis . Pregnant women are characterized by a decrease in the synthesis of digestive enzymes and a violation of their activation in the lumen of the duodenum, partial obstruction of the pancreatic ducts, so chronic pancreatitis is exacerbated in 1/3 of patients. For the disease, dyspeptic disorders are typical - nausea and periodic vomiting, belching, an increase in the volume of feces and the appearance of particles of undigested food in them.
Irritable bowel syndrome . In pregnant women, the symptoms of functional pathologies of the digestive tract may be aggravated. This is due to changes in autonomic innervation and a special psycho-emotional state of a woman, predisposing to dysregulation of intestinal motility. The disorder is manifested by polymorphic symptoms, which quickly arise and disappear. The condition often worsens with stress.
Crohn's disease . This inflammatory bowel disease is classified as rare. According to statistics, in women, the disease often manifests itself during pregnancy. Crohn's disease is caused by immunological disorders, which are often triggered by an increase in estrogen levels. Belching is combined with pain in the abdomen (especially in the right iliac region), instability of the stool, nausea, and other dyspeptic symptoms.
The appearance of belching during pregnancy often indicates a specific gestational pathology or an exacerbation of a chronic gastrointestinal disease against the background of hormonal changes. The examination is prescribed by a gastroenterologist with the obligatory participation of an obstetrician-gynecologist in the diagnosis and selection of therapy. All patients are shown a comprehensive examination using laboratory and instrumental methods that do not pose a danger to either the mother or the fetus. For diagnostic purposes, the following are used:
Ultrasound . Ultrasound of the abdominal cavity is the main instrumental diagnostic method, since this study is absolutely harmless to the child. Sonography reveals signs of inflammatory processes and morphological changes in the gastrointestinal tract. The study is not informative enough in late pregnancy due to a significant increase in the uterus.
Intragastric pH . The occurrence of acid eructation during gestation usually occurs against the background of impaired secretion of hydrochloric acid, therefore a 24-hour measurement of acidity in the stomach is recommended. Additionally, pH-metry of the esophagus is performed - a decrease in the level of less than 4 indicates gastroesophageal reflux.
Breath test . To exclude gastrointestinal pathology against the background of H. Pylori infection, a non-invasive respiratory study is prescribed, based on the ability of the bacterium to break down urea in the stomach. The method sometimes gives false-negative results, therefore, to clarify the diagnosis, a specific fecal antigen in the blood is additionally determined.
Laboratory blood tests . All patients are shown a standard biochemical blood test, which allows you to detect signs of protein-energy deficiency, detect problems in the functioning of the hepatobiliary system. According to the indications, it is recommended to study the blood plasma for the level of gastrin and pepsinogen, the determination of the main hormones.
Endoscopy . EGDS is used for gestation according to strict indications, in cases where belching is accompanied by other dyspeptic disorders. The study allows you to examine the mucous membrane of the esophagus and stomach, visualize inflammatory foci. The endoscopic method is highly informative in assessing the contractile function of muscle sphincters.
The list of mandatory examination methods also includes a coprogram that detects specific changes in feces during inflammation, fermentopathy, maldigestion and malabsorption, analysis for helminth eggs, Gregersen's test for occult blood. If inflammatory bowel disease is suspected, pregnant women should be especially careful with sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopy.
Diet needs to be reviewed during pregnancy
In most cases, belching during pregnancy is physiologically understandable and does not require special treatment. To reduce the frequency of erection, women are advised to adjust their eating habits: eat fractionally, in small portions, do not talk while eating, exclude foods that increase gas formation from the diet. Pregnant women should avoid sharp torso bending, it is undesirable to take a horizontal position immediately after eating.
If belching bothers a woman very often or is accompanied by pain in the abdomen, stool disorders, other signs of dyspepsia, this may indicate the development of a disease of the digestive organs. In this situation, it is necessary to visit a gastroenterologist as soon as possible. Until an accurate diagnosis is established, it is allowed to take medications that are allowed during pregnancy - prokinetics, mild sedatives that help reduce unpleasant symptoms, but do not harm the baby's body.
Belching during early and late pregnancy / Mama66.ru
Various ailments can haunt a woman throughout the entire period of pregnancy. The digestive system is especially sensitive to changes in the body. Belching during pregnancy causes discomfort and, unlike nausea, can disturb the expectant mother from the first weeks after conception until the very birth.
Is it normal?
In what cases is belching a symptom of the disease?
Which doctor should I contact for burping during pregnancy?
How to get rid of burping?
Useful video about products that provoke belching
Belching is an unpleasant, but quite normal phenomenon for the human body. Its presence rarely signals pathologies. After childbirth, most of the unpleasant symptoms disappear. But if the belching is permanent, you need the help of a doctor.
Is this normal?
Physiological changes during pregnancy affect the functioning of all internal organs, including the gastrointestinal tract. The uterus, which grows with the growth of the fetus, needs more space in the abdominal cavity, so it begins to put pressure on nearby organs. Belching, heartburn, and other digestive problems are quite normal during pregnancy.
Belching is the removal of air from the stomach cavity through the esophagus. It usually occurs as a result of overeating. Sometimes it has an acidic reaction, which is associated with the ingress of gastric juice into the lower esophagus. The gastric secret irritates this area, causing regurgitation.
When is belching a symptom of an illness?
Despite the fact that belching is quite harmless, in some cases it becomes a symptom of serious pathologies. But there is no need to invent terrible diseases for yourself - only a doctor can diagnose. You can pay attention only to the features of belching during pregnancy.
Repeated sour eructation indicates changes in the composition of gastric juice. A similar symptom occurs against the background of gastritis - a disease that often worsens in pregnant women. The culprit of gastritis is the Helicobacter pylori bacterium, which becomes active when the immune system deteriorates, which often occurs in expectant mothers. Read more about the treatment of gastritis during pregnancy →
Early belching during pregnancy can be caused by reflux syndrome. Its cause is inflammation in the esophagus. Reflux is dangerous by the growth and ulceration of existing foci of inflammation, so the pathology requires mandatory treatment.
If frequent belching is a concern during pregnancy, the quality of the air leaving the esophagus must be taken into account.
For example, the sensation in the mouth of the taste and smell of rotten eggs will be an alarming symptom - most likely, food in the stomach lingers longer than expected, undergoing fermentation processes. In this case, we can talk about pathologies of the functioning and structure of the digestive organs, as well as intestinal obstruction.
As a rule, belching of air in a person occurs unexpectedly and independently of his will.
Belching during pregnancy may occur due to the following reasons:
Hormonal changes in the body during the first trimester. An increased level of progesterone affects the tone of the muscles of the digestive tract. As a result, the process of moving food slows down, it lingers longer in the stomach, against which a gas formation reaction occurs, which leads to the removal of gases from the stomach through the esophagus.
In late pregnancy, belching occurs when the stomach is deformed due to pressure from the enlarged uterus. This is also a variant of the norm.
Overeating or, conversely, insufficient food intake, dry food - all these factors lead to nausea and belching during pregnancy. The diet and diet must be observed by the expectant mother.
Increased physical activity increases gas formation in the digestive tract, so bending over and carrying heavy weights cause discomfort. Any load, especially in position, should be in moderation.
Sometimes women wonder if belching can be one of the first signs of pregnancy? This really does happen. At the same time, an unexpectedly changed reaction to familiar foods can indicate to the expectant mother her position. Even your favorite sweets and fruits suddenly start to burp.
All factors listed are physiological. But most often, belching worries a woman in the last trimester. By week 38, it reaches its possible maximum. Fortunately, after the birth of the baby, its unpleasant manifestations noticeably decrease.
Burping in the expectant mother is not always the only symptom. If its cause is pathology, the release of air is accompanied by other signs of discomfort associated with dysfunctional disorders of the gastrointestinal tract.
A woman may complain of symptoms such as:
Also, belching may be accompanied by accompanying phenomena:
release of gases from the esophagus with characteristic sounds and smell;
Bad taste in the mouth.
Symptoms accompanying belching must be observed. It is they who can tell the doctor what kind of pathology we are talking about.
What should I do if belching during pregnancy brings discomfort? First of all, visit a gastroenterologist and get directions for the necessary examinations.
The most commonly prescribed fibrogastroscopy or FGS. This is a time-tested method of examining the digestive organs - the esophagus, stomach and intestines to detect possible diseases. FGS allows you to identify gastritis, gastroduodenitis, polyps, peptic ulcer of the stomach and duodenum.
The procedure lasts no more than 15 minutes. During it, a flexible hose with lighting at the end is inserted through the woman's mouth into the esophagus. In this case, there is practically no pain, since the oropharynx is treated with an anesthetic - Lidocaine. After examining the organs, the hose is removed.
If an abnormality is suspected, tissue samples may be taken during the procedure for biopsy. The accuracy of fibrogastroscopy is quite high, so the method is used everywhere.
Which doctor should I contact for burping during pregnancy?
Constant belching of sour or rotten eggs during pregnancy is a reason to visit a gastroenterologist. The specialist will explain to the expectant mother what could cause this symptom and tell you how to get rid of it.
Drug therapy is not always needed. But if it becomes necessary, then the treatment is carried out with drugs that are safe for the fetus. Most often, expectant mothers are diagnosed with gastritis. Effective medicines in this case are: Maalox, Phosphalugel, Rennie. Thanks to them, the acidity of gastric juice decreases, pain, belching and nausea during pregnancy disappear. More about the use of Rennie during pregnancy →
How to get rid of belching?
As mentioned above, expectant mothers do not always need treatment. In most cases, the correction of the diet and the frequency of meals helps. From the menu it is necessary to exclude products that increase fermentation in the stomach. These include legumes, grapes, fresh pastries, cabbage. Partially limit the use of black bread, potatoes and oatmeal, as the most starchy food.
But not only foods can provoke the appearance of belching with air during pregnancy. You also need to give up carbonated drinks and dry food. And of course, bad habits. Nicotine and alcohol are not only dangerous for the developing fetus, but also provoke problems in the digestive tract, contributing to the development of belching, heartburn and nausea.
Ideally, the expectant mother should eat fractionally - up to five times a day in small portions. Half an hour before a meal, it is advisable to drink a glass of water in small sips. This will save the woman from overeating.
Food is chewed slowly, trying not to talk at this moment. For 2-3 hours before bedtime, any snacks should be excluded. A glass of yogurt at night will help get rid of hunger.
Dairy products, fruits and vegetables must be present in the diet. Compliance with dietary recommendations allows you to improve digestion and avoid such unpleasant symptoms as belching rotten eggs during pregnancy.
Traditional medicine knows recipes that relieve belching and other problems with the gastrointestinal tract:
If the expectant mother complains of belching, nausea and vomiting, a decoction of plantain and cardamom will help her. The finished product is taken every day before meals, 1 tbsp. l.
Ginger can also help. A small amount of crushed root helps to improve digestion and prevent belching.
You also need to pay attention to cranberries. This berry is useful for all expectant mothers. It is not only rich in useful trace elements, but also fights the symptoms of gastritis. It is advisable to eat cranberries fresh - a handful of berries helps to get rid of stomach problems for the whole day.
When belching rotten eggs, traditional medicine advises drinking teas based on peppermint and lemon balm. This tea calms the nervous system, normalizes digestion, relieves stomach cramps.
Despite the relative safety of traditional recipes, it is recommended to consult a doctor before using them. An overdose of medicinal plants, like some medications, can adversely affect the course of pregnancy and fetal development.
Not all mothers-to-be suffer from burping during pregnancy. For many, it occurs sporadically and does not bring serious discomfort. In some women, belching, as a sign and consequence of pregnancy, occurs in the first weeks, in others - in the last trimester, shortly before the onset of childbirth.
Sometimes this phenomenon is observed throughout pregnancy, as a result of dysfunction of the digestive organs. In these cases, we are usually talking about chronic gastrointestinal diseases that a woman already had before pregnancy and worsened during her period.