Have you noticed a pattern in the symptoms you experience around the middle of your cycle? Sore boobs, cramps, a sharp, one-sided pain by your hip? What about the feeling that you’re full all the time? Bloating during ovulation is a common experience, but it’s no fun.
Thankfully, there are things you can do to, well, deflate your body again. We’ll give you all the details here.
In this article: 📝
- Is bloating a side effect of ovulation?
- Ovulation and weight gain
- How long does ovulation bloating last?
- How to stop bloating during ovulation?
- Does bloating during ovulation mean pregnancy?
- Severe bloating during ovulation
Is bloating a side effect of ovulation?
Do you bloat during ovulation? You’re not alone, and it’s all your hormones’ fault.
When your body is getting ready to ovulate, your estrogen levels climb as the egg “ripens” in your ovary. Estrogen is then overtaken by the luteinizing hormone (which ovulation sticks test for), which tells your body to release the egg. After ovulation, estrogen climbs again for the rest of your cycle, and it’s joined by a dose of progesterone too. This rollercoaster of hormones is the reason that your stomach feels like a balloon.
Ovulation and weight gain
The progesterone hormone is known to slow down digestion, which can make you feel full and uncomfortable. But, although the bloating is horrible, it doesn’t have a lot of effect on your weight.
If you do find yourself a pound or two heavier when you’re ovulating, estrogen is the culprit. It controls your menstrual cycle, keeps cholesterol in check, and protects your bones, but it also makes your body retain water, which makes you heavier.
Everything should go back to normal within a week, but if your weight and discomfort spike during ovulation, there are things you can do to help. Ginger, cucumber, and pineapple are natural diuretics (which help you to pee).
Avoiding high-sodium (salty) foods can also help because sodium makes your body hold onto water. While it sounds counterintuitive, drinking extra water actually helps your body to flush out sodium. You could also shake things up with mint or fennel tea, which helps to get any gas moving.
How long does ovulation bloating last?
Every woman is unique, but it’s most common to experience bloating during your ovulation week. The symptom can last for as little as three days before ovulation, but it can also go on for as many as seven days after the egg is released.
How to stop bloating during ovulation?
You might not feel like eating at all, but having small, healthy meals will probably make you more comfortable. There are some foods that typically make things worse. The lactose in dairy, spicy foods, artificial sweeteners, and fatty foods are all harder to digest so they can make your body more gassy and full.
There are a set of foods known as high FODMAP that commonly cause digestive problems. Try consulting a list of these foods to see if you can identify any which make your ovulation bloating worse. And, while it might be the last thing you want to do when your stomach feels like it’s been inflated, exercise helps digestion and reduces stress, which will also make you feel better in the long run.
Does bloating during ovulation mean pregnancy?
There’s no connection between how bloated you feel when you ovulate and whether you get pregnant that month. Having said that, bloating is a common early sign of pregnancy because of the rising progesterone levels we spoke about earlier.
If you usually ovulate around day 14 of your cycle but notice more bloating than usual towards day 28, it might be an early pregnancy symptom. That said, it could also be PMS. Ah, sometimes it feels like we women just can’t win.
Severe bloating during ovulation
Although you can expect some gassiness as your hormones rise and fall, new or severe bloating can sometimes be a symptom of ovarian conditions such as cysts, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, or ovarian cancer.
If none of the home remedies are making a difference, if bloating persists through your whole cycle, or if you have any other symptoms like pelvic pain, bleeding in the middle of your cycle, changes to your period, difficulty peeing or pooping, you may need an ultrasound to check that there isn’t something more serious going on. Your healthcare provider can help.
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