Swollen and tender breasts, spotting and cramping, nausea and changes in appetite, fatigue and mood swings… these are just some of the early signs of a new pregnancy. The body now enters a new phase and is adjusting itself for the huge undertaking ahead. Surely enough, the course of becoming a mom goes differently for everyone. For some, the first trimester went by fast and easy, while for others the world nearly turned upside down. But if there is one thing that everyone experiences, it must be—a gurgling stomach!
Our stomach makes noises whenever it’s been empty for a long time or it is digesting food. For pregnant ladies, this might happen more often, mostly because of the fluctuating hormones. Progesterone and estrogen can slow down digestion, which is beneficial for the baby as this allows the nutrients to be better absorbed but can cause gas and constipation. As a matter of fact, many women think they are “showing” in the very early stage of pregnancy, when really, they are simply bloating. Meanwhile, the hormones can also increase your metabolism, making you hungry more often and want to eat more.
What can be done to ease the growling stomach and, sometimes, the cramps? Here is some advice:
- First and foremost, stay hydrated! Avoid soda and other fizzy drinks, because more gas certainly wouldn’t help. Also make sure to drink good quality water. If you are traveling or where you work doesn’t have safely filtered water, you can use Glo Pure Bottle. This auto-cleansing water bottle uses UV technology to kill off the bacteria that cause bad smell and disinfects the water. You can take it everywhere with you.
- Have five small meals throughout the day, instead of three large meals, also take foods that are high in fiber and minerals. This can help with digestion and ease constipation.
- Herbal tea that has soothing properties can help, too. Our 28 Night Relaxing Program is designed to calm and destress, as well as help you depuff and reduce bloating while enjoying a good night’s sleep. It has a delicious lemon taste, and all ingredients are certified organic.