A 34-year-old female asked:
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i'm 19 weeks pregnant and i get so bloated and full so fast why?

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Dr. Beth Cook
Dr. Beth Cook answered
23 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Pregnant and bloated: At 20 weeks of pregnancy the uterus is at the level of the umbilicus (belly button). Since it is now an abdominal organ, it is competing for space with your bowels and bladder as well. Also in pregnancy, ladies tend to have increased constipation which dilates the bowels. Try increasing fluid intake and fiber to enhance bowel motility. Do not use laxatives unless you are advised to by your ob.
Answered on May 9, 2014
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