Bloating - It's a thing that happens every day, multiple times a day for most women, including myself

Jul 25, 2021

Ever since I went through pregnancy/birth I bloat a lot and my tummy goes to the size of my 19 weeks pregnant bump every day after eating!

I’ve had IBS since I was 18 so I was familiar with bloating when I ate things that didn’t agree with me but now it’s consistent after every meal.

I was feeling uncomfortable because it means my clothes aren’t comfortable and also I was confused because I try to eat in a way that doesn’t cause me discomfort but as it doesn’t seem to matter what I eat I needed to work on my attitude towards my bloated belly.

It has been a good reminder to show my body love and to be in conversation with my body. To notice how certain foods make me feel emotionally, physically and mentally. To appreciate that my body has changed since I gave birth and that is ok. When I slow down and notice how I am feeling I can make responsible decisions that help me to feel well and comfortable.

Not an extensive list but some simple things that can cause bloating:
- Eating a lot - processed or whole foods
- Eating too quickly
- Drinking lots of water
- Eating food that you are intolerant too
- Eating processed food

Bloating is normal and natural. It can also be a sign of inflammation in the body. Meaning that things aren't functioning optimally. On top of bloating other symptoms can be pain, discomfort from pressure, gas, constipation and anxiety.
With the combination of these symptoms it seems like a good thing to try and lessen them so here are a few things that can help:

- Not eating as larger portions
- Not eating foods that cause inflammation - sugar, processed foods, white rice, potato, grains, dairy (this varies depending on the individual)
- Intermittent fasting - let the digestive system rest and recover
- Drinking plenty of water throughout the day to aid digestion
- Not snacking so there is time for the digestive system to rest during the day

I find that when I adopt some or all of these practices, my body feels more comfortable and my mood and energy levels are better. I feel more like myself and less fatigued.
Changing our eating habits takes time as our relationship with food is not as simple as it just being about fuelling our bodies needs. However when we learn to eat food that supports our mental and physical health and wellbeing it can be a very powerful tool to support us in being able to show up more fully and consistently in our lives.

Please get in touch to find out more about the work I do around intuitive eating and eating for better mental health.

Love Chloe x

*DISCLAIMER: Always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.