Burping is normal, and everyone does it – especially after a meal. In fact, in some parts of the world it’s a compliment to the cook! But for pregnant moms, it’s often on another level. Let’s take a look at what causes so much burping during pregnancy, and what you can do to bring it under control.
What causes burping during pregnancy?
Burps are caused by buildup of gas in the stomach. Usually, this happens because of swallowing air, or because of the breakdown of certain foods in the stomach and intestines. During pregnancy, though, it often goes along with the symptoms of morning sickness. With excessive burping during pregnancy, you might also experience:
- Heartburn and abdominal pain
- Feeling a lump in your throat
Morning sickness tends to peak in Month 2 – 3, towards the end of the first trimester, so that’s often when moms have the most trouble with burps.
Why is pregnancy burping so common?
There are a few different factors at play here. During morning sickness, the hormone progesterone causes the action of the digestive system to slow down. As your digestion stalls, gas builds up in your gut, causing burping and flatulence.
On top of this, the weird eating patterns of eating more food experienced during morning sickness may lead to you accidentally swallowing more air than normal. This may also occur during nausea spells, when it’s not uncommon to reflexively swallow your own saliva to try and get some relief.
Finally, as changing hormone balance and the stress of new lifestyle patterns of pregnancy put you on edge, you may experience “fight or flight” symptoms from your autonomic nervous system like a lump in your throat, and swallow air unconsciously to try to relieve the discomfort.
What can I do for excessive burping during pregnancy?
If the root of your belching problem is digestive, then making some changes to your eating habits could give you some relief. Try to eat slowly to avoid swallowing too much air.
If you’ve been following the tried morning sickness remedies of drinking soda and ginger ale, listen to your body’s signals. Carbonated drinks give some women relief from nausea, but if they’re leaving you bloated and gassy, then it’s probably a good idea to give them a rest. Milk can be another common culprit, so think about incorporating other probiotic dairy products like yogurt or cheese to help settle your stomach.
If you think nerves and tension are playing a role in your upset stomach, then it’s important to take the time to relax your mind and body. Ask your partner to help you out with a back-rub – it could help you out on both fronts there!
When to see a doctor for pregnancy burping
Burping is often a normal sign of morning sickness and it’s important to make sure you’re getting enough nutrients and avoiding dehydration. If your burps and heartburn are getting to the point where it’s hard to eat or drink normally, don’t suffer in silence – your doctor may be able to recommend some relief.
Try not to worry about burping during pregnancy
The gassy, uncomfortable and burp-filled period of morning sickness can really take a toll on moms-to-be – sometimes even to the point of having trouble catching your breath. It’s easy to become hyper-aware of your physical sensations during pregnancy, but don’t stress too much: like all symptoms of morning sickness, it will eventually settle!