If your tummy is swollen or uncomfortable, it could be due to the menopause. I had a fair few episodes of this caused by gas and been embarrassed on more than one occasion!
Bloating can make you feel full and is often caused by wind or fluid, making your abdomen swell, even enough to go up a dress size! When bloating is caused by wind, it can be quite painful perhaps causing cramps. When it’s caused by fluid, it’s because of water retention.
Bloating can happen at any point in life, but menopause can certainly trigger it. As usual, during menopause, hormones fluctuate, and high oestrogen levels can cause your body to try to hang onto fluids. Changes in your gastrointestinal tract can affect your digestion making it more sluggish. Also stress can affect your digestion, particularly if you’re feeling emotional about menopause or other things that happen to us at that time of life.
So in short, here are a few ways that this can be alleviated;
1) Drink plenty of fluids
When you’re dehydrated, your body tries to retain fluid.
2) Keep moving
Staying active improves gut motility.
3) Check your diet
Keep a food diary to see when changes occur. *
4) Deal with stress
Make sure you have time to relax regularly.
5) Watch how you eat
Trying eating more slowly to give your gut a chance to digest properly.
6) Try upping your probiotics
Yoghurt and things containing good bacteria can be helpful.
7) Seek help
*If it’s bothering you a lot, contact a professional. Seek their help if it’s recurring because they’ll encourage you to keep a diary to pinpoint why it keeps happening.
I want to thank Live Better with Menopause for this article (which I’ve paraphrased) about bloating during menopause that has been the subject of much discussion lately!
Please don’t suffer with any symptoms you’re experiencing in or out of menopause. You deserve to be pain-free and happy.
I’m not a qualified clinician, dietician, or psychologist, or anything! I write based only on my own experiences, personal views, and research into menopause. Please always seek the advice of a professional. Jacky Wood