Even women with normally hardy digestive systems may ﬁnd themselves suffering from gas and ﬂatulence when pregnant. This bothersome condition is usually due to the slower movement of food through your intestines. Sometimes women also ﬁnd that they are upset by certain foods for the duration of the pregnancy.
Papaya soothes the intestinal tract and is high in enzymes that help you digest food properly.
Instead of taxing your digestive system with large meals, eat several small ones throughout the day.
If your digestion is not as efﬁcient as usual, try incorporating more easily digestible foods into your diet, such as soups, broths, and steamed vegetables.
Food to Avoid
If you suspect that a particular food is giving you gas, your body is trying to tell you something. Avoid that food until after you’ve delivered your child and ﬁnished nurs- ing. Common offenders include beans, cow’s milk, sugar, and spicy foods.
Keep a record of the food you eat during the day, and take note of when gas occurs. (Do not, however, try an elimination diet. It’s too severe for you right now.) If you can isolate the food that irritates you, avoid it until the baby arrives and is weaned.
Super Seven Prescriptions—Gas
Super Prescription #1 Ginger (Zingiber ofﬁcinale)
Drink a cup of ginger tea when you feel bloated or after meals. You can also use
300 mg of the capsule form or 2 ml of the tincture.
Super Prescription #2 Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla)
Drink a cup of chamomile tea when you feel bloated or after meals. If you prefer to use an extract, take 500 mg twice a day, or use 2 ml of a tincture twice daily.
Super Prescription #3 Homeopathic Magnesia Phosphorica
Take 3 pellets of a 6x potency up to three times daily for gas and cramping.
Super Prescription #4 Homeopathic Carbo Vegetabilis
Take a low potency (6x, 12x, 30x, 6C, or 30C) as needed, for gas and bloating that are accompanied by belching.
Super Prescription #5 Homeopathic Pulsatilla (Pulsatilla pratensis)
Take a low potency (6x, 12x, 30x, 6C, or 30C) as needed, for gas and bloating that occur from eating rich or fatty foods.
Super Prescription #6 Homeopathic Lycopodium (Lycopodium clavatum)
Take a low potency (6x, 12x, 30x, 6C, or 30C) as needed, for gas and bloating that occur in the evening. Warm drinks improve the symptoms as well.
Super Prescription #7 Homeopathic Nux Vomica
Take a low potency (6x, 12x, 30x, 6C, or 30C) as needed, for gas and bloating that occur from stress and spicy foods. Heartburn is also a common symptom treated by this remedy.
Take a probiotic supplement that contains at least 4 billion organisms, thirty minutes after breakfast and dinner. These good bacteria reside in the digestive tract and aid digestion