By Alena Hall,  Fact checked by Ashley Hall, March 10, 2021

In pregnancy the hormonal effects, particularly from progesterone, slows the digestive system by relaxing the smooth muscles. As such there is an increase in bloating and gas, as food moves slower through the gut. Gas-X is commonly utilized in pregnancy because simethicone works by breaking up surface gas bubbles in the intestine and it isn’t absorbed into the body or excreted in breast milk. —Kecia Gaither, M.D., double board-certified OB/Gyn and doctor of Maternal Fetal Medicine, director of perinatal services at NYC Health and Hospitals, Lincoln.

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