Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Honey, what's that smell?!

Fact: Pregnant women are gassy. Although I personally hold the crown as the Fart King, my wife is starting to gain some serious momentum. Why do women make more gas during pregnancy? The primary reason is that they have much higher levels of progesterone, a hormone that relaxes smooth muscle tissue throughout your body, including your gastrointestinal tract. This relaxation slows down your digestion, which can lead to gas, bloating, burping, and flatulence and generally create miserable sensations in your gut, especially after a big meal.

In later pregnancy, the woman's growing uterus crowds the abdominal cavity, further slowing digestion, and pushes on their stomach, making them feel even more bloated after eating (www.babycenter.com).

Although the gas is inevitable, there are ways to reduce the output. Cut down on beans, whole grains, and certain vegetables – such as cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and asparagus – are common offenders. They contain the sugar raffinose, which makes a lot of people gassy. In addition, try to cut back on fructose. Higher amounts are found in leeks, onions and scallions, artichokes, dried fruit, pears, apples, honey and wheat. Even worse, is it's ugly step-sister, high fructose corn syrup. You often find this in empty calorie sodas and most processed foods (Yuck).

Certain starches (such as wheat, corn, and potatoes, but not rice) can cause gas for some people. And certain fiber-rich foods (such as oat bran, beans, peas, and many kinds of fruit) cause gas because they're normally broken down in the large intestine.

Wheat bran, on the other hand, basically passes through your digestive system without getting broken down. This makes wheat bran a good choice if you have constipation and need more fiber but also suffer from flatulence (www.babycenter.com).

So, if you have learned anything from all this garbage, it's that no matter what you eat, your screwed. Both of you! Maybe the focus should be on which candles mask the smell best or her not eating foods that make the farts smell so bad! Stay away from eggs and White Castle's! Better yet, give these a try:

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