What could it be? Is it related to your hormonal changes in your monthly cycle or could it be your food choices?
Sometimes I see people in my practice that could be 6 months pregnant, and it’s just bloating. There can be a number of causes for bloating.
In women the two most likely causes of bloating are the hormone progesterone or foods containing the poory absorbed sugars called FODMAPs.
Our app, The Moon & You, tell us that progesterone starts to rise on the 17th Day and in basic terms this is a sedating drug, slows the system down. Some women experience bloating during this time, others feel depressed because they interpret the sudden drop in Estrogen on Day 15,16, and then the push of Progesterone as a life issue and not necessarily a hormonal issue – hence they get more depressed/sad. There is a tendency to eat more ‘snacky’ food because the progesterone also makes them want to stay at home and rest (the body anticipates a baby) so the body becomes a bit bland…spicy foods are not really craved at this time.
You’d notice if this was the cause of your bloating as it would only happen to you over these specific days in your cycle. You can track this using the Moon and You app.
If it’s happening more regularly, then it might be worth a visit to the dietitian to talk about the low-FODMAP diet for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). This diet has been substantially researched across the world and helps about 70% of people with IBS symptoms.
FODMAPs is an acronym that refers to a large group of dietary sugars that can be poorly absorbed in the small intestine and fermented by bacteria in the large bowel to produce gas. In some people the gas can cause this distention and pain in the gut. A dietitian will help you work out which of the FODMAPs you are reacting to and work out what your tolerance levels are in each group as well as ensuring that you have enough nutrients on the diet so that you remain well.
As the dietitian for the Moon & You app, I have a special interest in helping people with IBS to successfully work out tolerance levels of the foods that cause IBS, so you can know how much of which foods you can happily eat without suffering the pain and cramping. I see people face-to-face at my practice Marchini Nutrition at Swansea NSW or by Skype if you’re elsewhere in Australia or the world.