What Are The Best Positions To Relieve Pregnancy Gas? Real Moms Weigh In

Ad failed to load

There are few things more uncomfortable during pregnancy than the dreaded bloating. It can come on at any time, and often, you have no idea where it came from. Could it be the shawarma? The ice cream? The fetus lying across your large intestine like a fancy divan inside your torso? I tried everything from Gas-X to yoga when I was pregnant and while some of it helped, not all of it did. Mostly, I just laid down with my legs in the air, praying for relief. But, what are the best positions to relieve pregnancy gas? Someone must know.

The buildup of gas in the pregnancy is due to several factors, according to An Introduction to Gastroenterology. First, like most everything else during pregnancy, it's affected by your hormones. They cause a slowing of your digestive system which often leads to a buildup of gas in your intestinal tract. The other main contributing factor to bloating and gas during pregnancy is that your uterus is pressing up against areas of your stomach and intestine, slowing further the movement of waste in your body, trapping it painfully in some areas. The least talked about reason gas may buildup more during pregnancy is lethargy and lack of movement. Pregnancy is rough and tiring, and there are days that it feels like a monumental task just to get up to do the laundry. However, sitting or lying down for too long can back up your digestive tract. Therefore, it's no surprise that all the best positions to relieve these problems, according to Healthline, involve movement.

Ad failed to load

Moms like me who've been there? They agree. Initially, when I started writing this piece, I set out to get an OB-GYN's opinion. When their response was "whatever works," I knew I needed a bit more than that. While not all of these positions are one that a pregnant woman should hold for a long period of time, like lying supine, according to Positional Therapy in Obstructive Sleep Apnea, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology's opinion on exercise does not prohibit lying on your back for short periods of time.

So what are the best positions for relieving pregnancy gas, according to moms who've been there? Charlotte Wright, 34, tells Romper she got the most relief from doing squats. "Something about weighted squats really helped move things along. That, and drinking a ton of water. I'd hold a 25-pound weight and do several reps at a time and repeat the process all day."

Felicia Tryon, 31, of Akron, Ohio, tells Romper that movement helped her — she'd keep walking. "I noticed it was inevitable that I'd fart when I was walking around anywhere, especially if I didn't want to, so I started taking a preemptive strike by going for long walks in the morning to move it all out before I hit up the grocery store or went to work. It was better to pass gas outside at the park than while I was in the stacks re-shelving books." I wonder if the books are old enough, will the odor just go unnoticed?

Ad failed to load

Nurse Sandra McMasterson, 35, would rock back and forth on her bum while hugging her knees. "I would sit down, draw my knees up in front of me, giant cannonball-style, and rock back and forth," she tells Romper. "It's a lot like how you get your baby to fart when they're infants, only a lot more tricky to stand up from." I don't know about that — I haven't seen many infants try to stand.

My own strategy mirrored that of Stephany Strachiochelli, 32, who tells Romper, "I would lie on my back with my legs up on the wall in front of me and shimmy my *ss. It worked some times, but not all. I also did a lot of stair climbing, because it seemed to help. Bonus points if my husband or 3-year-old was behind me." Bonus points indeed, Stephany.

Ad failed to load

Whatever you end up doing, if it gets to be too much, there might be more measures you can take pharmacologically, so talk to your OB-GYN and get moving, and hopefully your intestines will get the hint as well.

Check out Romper's new video series, Romper's Doula Diaries:

Ad failed to load

Watch full episodes of Romper's Doula Diaries on Facebook Watch.

Ad failed to load
Must Reads

6 Early Signs You're Going To Have A Short Labor, According To Experts

As far as I'm concerned, a short labor is right up there with winning the lottery in terms of lucky life events. (And when I was actually in labor, I would absolutely have traded a bucketful of lottery winnings for a speedier birth.) While some women…
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

Kids Will Love These TV Shows & Movies Coming To Netflix In March

You can always count on Netflix to keep it fresh: though there are already so many movies and shows to choose from, every month there's an influx of new content to keep your entire family entertained. As February enters its final weeks, it's time to …
By Megan Walsh

Here Are 10 Ways To Boost Your Baby's Immunity To The Flu

As I'm sure you've read in the thousands upon thousands of articles written about it this winter, the flu is spreading like wildfire and it's bad. Really bad. This strand of flu is the worst we've had in a very long time and it's the most widespread,…
By Abi Berwager Schreier

Khloé Kardashian Asked Twitter About Her Bump, & Moms Totally Delivered

Like her younger sister Kylie Jenner, Khloé Kardashian managed to keep most of her pregnancy a sort-of secret. But unlike Jenner, Kardashian chose to publicly announce her pregnancy several months before the baby's due date. While there's no wrong wa…
By Sophie Hirsh

21 Moms Share The Most Surprising Part About Having A C-Section

Honestly, I don't think we, as a culture, talk about C-sections nearly enough, especially considering so many mothers experience them. And because of a number of factors, the little we do talk about it always seems to be a familiar narrative: "It's n…
By Jamie Kenney

13 Yummy Instant Pot Recipes To Make Under 30 Minutes

An Instant Pot seems to be the must-have appliance in every kitchen these days. If you are anything like me and never knew the beauty of a Instant Pot, you are about to have your life changed. Basically, you put some ingredients into a pot, set the t…
By Kristin Manna

9 Things The First Six Months Of Motherhood Will Teach You About Your Baby

Personally, the first six months of motherhood was a mixed bag. I learned some harsh lessons about myself that made taking care of my baby seem overwhelming. For example, I was clueless, and no amount of research could help me feel like anything but …
By Steph Montgomery

11 Photos You *Must* Take During The Last Days Of Your Pregnancy

During my first pregnancy, I took a photo each week to document my growing belly. I stopped around 36 weeks, though. I hated how I looked in those pictures, and didn't think I'd want to relive those moments. I was wrong. My second pregnancy was a dum…
By Steph Montgomery

6 Red Flags To Definitely Look Out For After Your Baby Falls

The first time my infant son tried to take a few steps, he tumbled and bumped his head on the coffee table. My blood turned to ice in my veins and I froze. There truly isn't anything quite like the feeling a parent gets when their little one gets hur…
By Sarah Bunton

These 9 Instant Pot Recipes Will Make Even The Pickiest Eater Happy At The Table

Like any parent, I've had my share of parenting hits and misses, but one of my favorite "wins" is my daughter's diverse palate. I don't even know if I can take credit for it, but I would like to think I had something to do with her love for lentils, …
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

Turns Out, Kim Kardashian's Favorite Mom Products Look A Lot Like Your Own Faves

Being a mom is really hard work, especially for the first few months, and Kim Kardashian West is no different in that regard. Now the mother of three, Kardashian says that there are a few products she just can't live without when it comes to raising …
By Abi Berwager Schreier

10 Things No One Tells You About Having A Baby In Your 30s

If you're like me, you evaluate the pros and cons of any major life decision. When my husband and I were considering starting a family, I thought about my career, education, and financial stability. I wanted to know how a pregnancy and childbirth wou…
By Steph Montgomery

Soda Might Hurt Your Fertility, Study Says, & Here's What You Can Do

Who doesn't love sugary drinks? I stopped drinking soda years ago, but I still love gulping down those fancy Starbucks coffee beverages. I don't have a big sweet tooth, but I am a sucker for sugar-sweetened beverages every now-and-then. Turns out, th…
By Annamarya Scaccia

5 Red Flags Your Toddler Isn't Eating Enough

Toddlers are notoriously picky eaters, at least in my experience. You offer mashed potatoes, they want french fries. You give them crackers, they scream for chips. It's frustrating, to be sure, but it's usually their way of vying for independence. It…
By Candace Ganger

35 Moms Share The Most Disgusting Things Their Husbands Do

I'm a human being who revels in challenges. I like when people present me with one, especially if they don't think I can meet or succeed it, and I like taking a challenge on, especially if it's unexpected. So when I aimed to uncover the most disgusti…
By Jamie Kenney

How Having Kids In Your 20s Affects You Later In Life

For parents, like myself, who had kids in their 20s, there are a number of questions that come to mind. When you're deciding what your future will look like, you'll likely consider what this means for your health, career, and more down the line. Thin…
By Tessa Shull

Study: Drinking Two Glasses Of Wine A Day Is Good For Your Mind — Here's Why

There’s more scientific proof that a daily drink or two isn't necessarily a bad thing and could have a place in an overall healthy lifestyle. A new study out of the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) in New York found that — in mice, at le…
By Tiffany Thomas

Research Says Eating Carbs Can Lead To A Healthy Pregnancy, So Bring On The Pasta

In the world of me, no food is better than bread. I know it's supposed to be pretty terrible for you, high in calories, low in protein, and full of that modern-day demon, gluten... but guys, it's really yummy. Especially warm out of the oven, when th…
By Jen McGuire

These Photos Of Prince George Then & Now Will Give You Serious Baby Fever

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their third child in Spring 2018. With all of the excitement surrounding the new baby, it's easy to forget all of the good times that have already passed. The couple's eldest is already well into the sc…
By Azure Hall

This Is, Hands Down, The *Grossest* Thing Babies Do Inside The Womb

Your baby's life in the womb may be safe and warm, but it's also kind of grody. Seriously, the whole process of growing into a human being includes more than a few icky moments along the way. But this is the grossest thing babies do inside the womb b…
By Lindsay E. Mack