Do you feel like war of the worlds is sometimes being waged in your stomach during the second trimester of your pregnancy? What does this mean, and is it cause for concern? This post will explore what causes gurgling stomach during pregnancy and what you can do to alleviate the symptom.
Please always consult with your health care provider if you are experiencing any concerns during your pregnancy.
But first, how do I know all of this? Hi — I’m Hilary — The Pregnancy Nurse 👩⚕️. I have been a nurse since 1997 and I have 20 years of OB nursing experience, I am also the curly head behind Pulling Curls and The Online Prenatal Class for Couples. 🩺 I know so well how many WEIRD changes there are during pregnancy, so let’s chat about this one, and why it happens (and if it’s a problem).
The second trimester is the perfect time to start getting prepared for your birth. Come join me in here.
And I’m real serious when I say this IS something you should talk to your provider about. If you have any history of stomach issues, any bleeding, high blood pressure you just want to make sure everything is AOK with you and baby. 🙂
What causes a gurgling stomach during pregnancy and is it normal?
During pregnancy, your digestive system slows down due to hormone changes. This can lead to gas, bloating and even constipation.
For me, I always figured mother nature was trying to get ALL the nutrients out of my food so it could give it to the baby.
But, the hormones relax smooth muscles (including your uterus, and the muscles around your pelvis) and this does slow down that digestive track. It also delays how bile is put into your food as it goes through your intestinal system.
The good news is that these gastric disturbances are usually not harmful to you or your baby. However, if you are concerned about the gurgling noises coming from your stomach, it is best to consult with your healthcare provider.
Make sure you’re very honest with your provider about your GI tract. Are you having a lot of gas, a lot of constipation — be sure to chat with them about it so they can maybe give you some ideas on how to make it better, including your gurgling stomach!
Isn’t pregnancy magical? Hahah….
Oh, I do have a great guide with some awesome resources on eating safely during pregnancy you might like also (totally free):
This isn’t totally related, but I do have a whole post on avoiding pooping at delivery that might interest you!
When should you be concerned about your gurgling stomach?
If you are experiencing
- Severe pain
- Bloody stools
This could be a sign of gastroenteritis, which is an inflammation of the stomach and intestines. This condition can be harmful to you and your baby, so it is important to seek medical help if you experience these symptoms.
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How can you prevent or treat a gurgling stomach during pregnancy?
There are a few things you can do to help alleviate the symptoms of a gurgling stomach:
– Drink plenty of fluids, especially water, to stay hydrated and help move food through your digestive system.
– Eat smaller meals more frequently throughout the day instead of three large meals.
– Keep track if there are foods that cause it more than others — and then avoid those foods if you’re somewhere you don’t need a stomach side-show. 🙂
– Exercise regularly to help stimulate digestion and promote regular bowel movements.
– Talk to your doctor about trying over-the-counter antacids or digestive aids if you are still experiencing discomfort.
This being said — sometimes it just happens. As long as you’re eating a good diet (and drinking a lot of water) and feel good otherwise — just think of it as your stomach talking to the baby. 🙂
What are some tips for living with a gurgling stomach during pregnancy?
If you are struggling with a gurgling stomach during pregnancy, here are a few tips that may help:
– Avoid wearing tight clothing that constricts your stomach.
– Try lying on your left side when resting or sleeping to take the pressure off of your stomach.
– Relax and take deep breaths to help reduce stress, which can aggravate digestive issues.
** that last tip makes a good point. The more you stress about the sound, the worse I think it makes it. Stress alone can make your stomach gurgly….
Honestly, just having a sense of humor about it is one of the best things you can do, especially if you’re at a function that makes it weird (rather than just sitting on your own couch).
Again, your stomach can really be a window into your total health, so don’t feel weird about discussing this with your provider.
I know, pregnancy is SO weird. SO, SO weird…. Let me help guide you through it with The Online Prenatal Class for Couples. In just a few hours you can be prepared for your confident hospital birth.
And, if you’re not quite sure you’re ready for that whole thing, check out my free prenatal class. It’s your first step toward getting in the driver’s seat of your birth.
— Update: 01-01-2023 — cohaitungchi.com found an additional article Earliest signs and early symptoms of pregnancy from the website www.tommys.org for the keyword my stomach keeps growling am i pregnant.
One of the earliest signs of pregnancy is having a missed period. There are lots of other signs, but every pregnancy is different. You may not have all these symptoms if you’re pregnant.
A missed period
A missed period is usually the most common sign of pregnancy . You can take most pregnancy tests from the first day of your missed period. Find out more about taking a pregnancy test.
If you are planning a pregnancy, it can help to keep track of your period by marking the days in a calendar or by using an app. If you have a regular menstrual cycle, this will help you plan when you are ovulating and know when you should expect your period.
If you take contraception to stop your periods, missing a period isn’t a reliable way of knowing if you’re pregnant. If you have any of the other symptoms listed on this page, you should take a pregnancy test.
Light bleeding in early pregnancy
Some light bleeding or spotting, like a light period, can be a sign of pregnancy. Some women say they also have some cramps in their lower tummy. This is called implantation bleeding and happens when the embryo plants itself in the wall of your womb.
This type of bleeding often happens around the time your period would have been due. It shouldn’t be enough to soak through pads or underwear.
If you are bleeding and know you are pregnant, call your GP, midwife or Early Pregnancy Unit. They can check you over, just in case. Find out more about bleeding in pregnancy.
Tiredness in early pregnancy
Tiredness can be one of the early signs of pregnancy. Even though your baby is smaller than a peanut, the first few weeks of pregnancy can be physically and emotionally draining.
Early pregnancy tiredness is not like ordinary tiredness. You may feel completely exhausted after a normal day’s activities.
Find out more about managing tiredness in pregnancy.
Tender breasts in early pregnancy
Some women have breast tenderness or a tingly feeling in their breasts during the early weeks of pregnancy. The skin around your nipples may look bumpier than usual and the breasts begin producing an oily fluid to prepare your nipples for breastfeeding.
Your breasts may also feel heavier. The nipple may become darker and stay that way during pregnancy. Many of these changes are because of the extra hormones that you have in your body and the growth of the milk ducts.
Needing to wee more often
You may need to wee more often than usual in early pregnancy. This is because your womb is expanding and pressing on your bladder.
The hormone progesterone also makes you need to wee more, as well as sometimes causing constipation.
You may also notice more vaginal discharge than usual. This shouldn’t smell unpleasant, be sore, itchy or painful. Speak to your GP or midwife if you have these symptoms as you may have an infection.
Feeling sick or being sick in early pregnancy
Many people feel sick or vomit in early pregnancy. Most people find they start noticing this around 4 to 6 weeks into their pregnancy. Some only feel slightly queasy and others may be physically sick. And some people have no sickness at all. This is commonly known as morning sickness but it can happen at any time of the day.
Talk to your midwife or GP if you are being sick a lot and you can’t keep any food or water down. This is because there is a risk that you may become dehydrated.
Extreme sickness in pregnancy is called hyperemesis gravidarum and can be serious. It is important to seek support if you are worried.
Mood swings in early pregnancy
Hormones are natural chemicals that help your body manage your pregnancy, prepare it for the birth and produce milk for your baby. The hormones oestrogen and progesterone flood your body in the first 12 weeks. It is these hormones that can also make you feel more emotional than normal. You may find that you are laughing one minute, then crying the next. Don’t worry, this is natural.
However, if you are a feeling down or anxious for a large part of the day and it lasts longer than a couple of weeks, it is important to seek support. Try to talk to your midwife or GP if you have any concerns about your emotional wellbeing.
No one will judge you for these feelings, pregnancy brings anxieties and stresses, as well as happiness.
The idea that you will ‘glow with happiness’ during pregnancy can make those who aren’t feeling this way feel very isolated. As many as 1 in 5 women develop a mental health problem during pregnancy or in the first year after having a baby, such as anxiety or depression. So it is important to take care of your mental as well as physical wellbeing during pregnancy.
Our mental wellbeing plan can help you take steps to plan for where and how you can find support.
Funny tastes, smells and cravings in early pregnancy
Have you suddenly become more sensitive to certain smells, or do you have a strange metallic taste in your mouth? These are signs of early pregnancy.
Sometimes, this can cause you to go off certain foods you used to enjoy. Some people begin craving foods they never have before. Find out more about cravings in pregnancy.
What to do if you think you could be pregnant
If you are experiencing one or more of the symptoms above, there is no harm in taking a pregnancy test. However, if you haven’t missed a period yet, it may be too early to tell, so your test result may be inaccurate.
My test was positive
It’s natural to feel a range of different emotions when you find out you’re pregnant. If you’re not sure what you want to do, take some time to think about your options.
Talking to people you trust and getting information about your options can help you decide. You may want to talk to a partner, family or friends. Other people may give you some helpful advice, but ultimately this is your decision.
If you prefer to speak to someone less close to you, you can talk to your GP or a local community sexual health clinic. These services are confidential.
My test was negative
A negative result might mean you are too early for the test to pick up hormones in your system. Do another test in a few days’ time if you still have not had your period. Talk to your GP if you continue to get negative results and still don’t have a period.
Trying for a baby
If you are trying to get pregnant by having sex with a partner of the opposite sex, this can take time.
In the general population, more than 8 out of 10 couples where the woman is aged under 40 will get pregnant within 1 year if they have regular sex (every 2 to 3 days) and do not use contraception. More than 9 out of 10 couples will get pregnant within 2 years. Find out more about fertility.
We also have information about getting pregnant through IVF and pregnancy for trans and non-binary parents.
Trying for a baby after loss
If you are trying for a baby after experiencing loss, this can be an anxious time. You may find it helpful to connect with other people who may be going through a similar experience. Our pregnancy and parenting after loss support group is a safe space for you to connect with others, share advice and offer support to one another.
You can also talk to a Tommy’s midwife on 0800 0147 800, 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday. Or you can email them at [email protected]