Why your stomach swells like you’re pregnant


Suffering an episode of swollen stomach or belly is something that can occur as a result of excessive food intake and poor digestion. In most cases, it is a temporary situation that is not serious, but it is important to emphasize that if swollen stomach problems are frequent or cause severe discomfort, consultation with the doctor is essential. Sometimes, the cause may simply be a punctual accumulation of gases in the stomach and intestine, but in others, this situation can be a symptom of diseases that require the necessary diagnosis and treatment. If you're wondering “why does your stomach swell like you're pregnant?”, in this. article we review the most common causes and give you some tips that can help improve the most annoying symptoms. Gases due to poor digestion.

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Maintaining healthy eating habits and proper chewing is the first measure to avoid the excessive formation of gases that end up causing the stomach to swell and can even cause abdominal pain. We must remember that the digestive process begins in our mouth, as we chew food. Eating quickly without chewing food well, drinking an excessive amount of liquids and also, swallowing air in each bite without us noticing, will not only probably cause a feeling of heaviness in the stomach, but swelling and discomfort. Eating food slowly, starting swallowing in your own and not drinking carbonated drinks at meals is a basic first measure to avoid ending up with a swollen stomach.

Food allergies and intolerances

Adverse reactions to certain foods are also a likely cause of bloating. Celiac people, with gluten intolerance or those who do not tolerate lactose must be especially careful with foods that have these components in their composition, because it is necessary to avoid them and also take due precautions when avoiding cross-contamination.

Here you can read about What are the symptoms of food intolerances and the most common food allergies in adults.

Fluid retention

When the body does not properly eliminate excess fluids and toxins, a swollen belly is a common symptom. If the problem is persistent, medical consultation is important, but as specific measures that can relieve discomfort, drinking liquids (although it seems contradictory) especially water and infusions and doing moderate exercise (for example walking 45 minutes) can be of great help. If the stomach and abdominal swelling is accompanied by swelling in the legs, the doctor's office does not admit waiting.

In this other article you can read about How to eliminate fluid retention in the abdomen.

Occasional constipation

As in the previous case, also an incorrect intestinal transit can end up triggering severe discomfort, swelling and abdominal pain. If it is a sporadic episode, increasing the amount of fiber in the diet (fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes …), without exceeding it, and increasing physical activity can be the solution.

Know here the most common causes of constipation and also Remedies to remove constipation quickly.

Excess fiber in the diet

Fiber is a necessary nutrient, essential for intestinal transit, and as we have said in the previous point, its insufficiency can cause digestive problems, but it should be noted that its excess can also trigger symptoms such as: diarrhea, gases that swell the stomach and intestines, cramps and cramps in the abdominal area. The secret lies in a balanced diet that includes a percentage of between 20 and 30 grams of fiber a day, as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) for an adult.

Intestinal parasites

It is a less frequent but not exceptional cause. The presence of worms, tapeworms, anisakis and other parasites can manifest itself with very diverse symptoms, from itching in the anal area, to weight loss accompanied by frequent swelling and abdominal pain.

Here you can know some home remedies to eliminate intestinal parasites.


As experts from the Spanish Foundation of the Digestive System (FEAD) [1] point out, meteorism is a pathology related to the excessive presence of intestinal gas, which may have occurred due to various causes, including a hypersensitivity of the intestine to the gases themselves. Pain and discomfort in the intestinal and stomach area, distention of the abdomen, belching and flatulence are common symptoms. Meteorism can hide some allergy or intolerance and if it is persistent, the doctor will indicate the necessary treatment and the most appropriate diet.

Stress and anxiety

Sometimes it is difficult to determine the exact origin of having a swollen stomach, even if you follow a balanced diet and chew it correctly. Prolonged stress and anxiety situations can have multiple physical manifestations and also affect the digestive system, stirring and swelling the stomach and also the intestines.

In these cases, infusions can be helpful, since the vast majority are digestive and many help to relax. Here you can know the best infusions to lower the swelling of the belly and the best infusions to calm anxiety.

Irritable bowel

Irritable bowel syndrome (better known as irritable bowel) is a gastrointestinal disorder that is usually associated with symptoms such as abdominal discomfort or pain and stomach bloating. It requires medical treatment and following specific nutritional guidelines.

Presence of tumors

Although it is not frequent, swelling of the stomach could indicate the presence of benign or malignant tumors, especially if that swelling is persistent, that is, it does not disappear, for example, after evacuating and is also accompanied by other symptoms (weight loss, blood in the stool, malaise. general).

Do not be alarmist and a specific episode of swollen belly may simply be due to the fact that we have eaten too much, too quickly or that we have abused carbonated drinks, but even if the problem does not improve in a short time, following a balanced diet and doing enough exercise it is always important to consult with the specialist.


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