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7 mums share their advice on why you might be bloated (and how you can manage it)

Healthy Mummy, Crystal Guerassimoff posted on the Healthy Mummy Facebook Support Group calling out for assistance on bloating, something we as women, are all familiar with.

Crystal said, “It happens every time I eat and is ten times worse at night … it’s uncomfortable, it hurts and it makes me feel huge.”

Here, we are answering those questions and sharing how you can beat the bloat!

6 reasons you might be bloated (and how you can manage it)

Bloating is usually related to what and how we eat, but there are other reasons too. So if you’re trying to lose weight and are fed up with feeling like you have a food baby, check out these reasons why you may be feeling bloated.

6 common reasons why you could be feeling bloated:

  1. You’re eating the wrong foods
  2. You’re choosing fizzy drinks instead of water
  3. You’re eating too fast
  4. You’re not exercising enough
  5. You’re overeating
  6. You’re on your period

Source: Ash Logan

Top tips from The Healthy Mummy Community.

1. Kate Lockyer says, Cider vinegar is fantastic.” 

2. Kerilee Fisher says, Go see a dietician. Don’t eliminate any food groups until you do. They are most qualified to give you advice.” 

Healthy Mummy tip: Also, heavy and carb-rich foods, especially those with a high GI, are the primary food-based cause of bloating. Try and steer clear of these kinds of foods and instead fill your plate with goodies like bananas, tomatoes, spinach and nuts. 

3. Naomi Rumble, said, I have to have a probiotic every day.” 

Healthy Mummy tip: Probiotic supplements are designed to keep your bowels regular and prevent bloating. Also getting tested for IBS could be a good idea.

4. Lecia Baskerville says, I have IBS, exactly what it sounds like. Peppermint tea and walking really help ease it for me.” 

Healthy Mummy tip: Exercise is great for digestion and effective digestion is the key to avoiding a puffy belly.

5. Judy Mitchell says, I have had similar symptoms to you and since having squeezed lemon juice in warm water with two cider vinegar tablets, it’s really improved.”

6. Krystal Judd says, “If you have endo that is one of the main symptoms regardless of being on your monthly. I suffer with it every few days too. Diet plays a massive part to flare-ups.” 

Healthy Mummy tip: If you tend to puff up right before your period is due, try upping your calcium and magnesium. Both nutrients have been found to have a positive impact on reducing PMS symptoms, including bloating.

7. Samantha Holmlund says, “Slippery elm helps with digestion or turmeric. It’s really good for the gut and helps prevent bloating.”

Healthy Mummy tip: This golden spice is one of the best anti-inflammatories out there.

Ready to beat the bloat? Check out the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge!

Our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge is a family-friendly, breastfeeding-safe program designed FOR MUMS to help them tackle their health and lose the baby weight. 

Every week you are given a different meal plan to follow and each month we add NEW recipes to our Challenge Recipe Hub. That way, you’ll never get bored and stay on weight loss track while digging into healthy, yummy recipes. Some mums also choose to add in Healthy Mummy Smoothies to their meal plans, but it’s totally up to you.

Learn more about our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge HERE.

If you would like a sneak peek at some of the meals, snacks and exercises from the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge you can download our FREE recipe packs HERE.

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