10:57 pm - 01/29/2008

feeling bloated

The last week or two I have been feeling so bloated and strange.  My stomach doesn't actually hurt, but it has just felt off and bloated, and it only seems to happen at night between dinner and bedtime.  I don't get a period due to my birth control pill (projestin only pill), but even when I did have periods I was never one to get many PMS symptoms such as bloating, so this feeling is kind of new to me.  Can feeling bloated be a symptom of pregnancy?

My boyfriend has complained of not feeling quite right either lately, and I know he isn't pregnant, haha, but I cannot be sure if he and I are really experiencing the same feelings since I cannot know exactly how he feels.   I haven't had an actual scare to make me wonder, but we stopped using condoms a few months ago and rely only on the pill (which I take on time religiously) so any change in how I feel makes me wonder because I am a teeny bit paranoid about relying only on one form of birth control.  I do take a test now and again to calm my nerves, they are dollar store ones, so I can afford to take them somewhat often, but I am trying to break myself from being soooo paranoid and taking a test every month.  And I do wonder how reliable they are.  I assume they have to pass the same FDA regulations as the regular priced ones, but if anyone has any info on how comparable they are to the expensive ones that would be much appreciated.

Back to topic, I have been trying to watch what I eat recently and have started a work out routine.  My eating changes have really just included more fruit and veggies and no fast food in the last month, switching to diet pop and more water, etc.  Could it just be my change in diet making me feel different?  I thought healthier eating should make me feel better though, not worse.  Any suggestions!
tornattheelbo 30th-Jan-2008 04:26 am (UTC)
some fruits and veggies can definitely make one gassy!
seirra81 30th-Jan-2008 05:16 am (UTC)
I would suggest keeping a food diary. I was having similar symptoms and discovered lactose intolerance around the time I turned 22. Even look at how you are preparing food b/c veggies that are not cooked as long can be a bit more gassy.

When I was pregnant, I was bloated and gassy but it was like late second trimester, all of the third trimester, when you could visibly tell I was pregnant. I didn't feel bloaty in the first trimester at all, probably b/c I couldn't eat much to get gas in the first place.

In my experience with pregnancy tests, the cheaper ones are accurate. What I have noticed is I got faint lines with the cheap ones and a bold line with the name brand. Faint lines are still positive, I just think more people question it.
divamelisande 6th-Feb-2008 06:54 am (UTC)
My first thought was lactose intolerance. I discovered I had it when I was 23 after thinking my whole life that dairy products and I got along great.

Not so much. Now every time I have more than a little dairy, my stomach swells and I feel icky.
laurapalmer813 30th-Jan-2008 11:53 am (UTC)
If you're suddenly eating more fruits and veggies, its probably gas. Any increase in fiber can cause it. You might want to try adding bean-o to your food and see if that helps, or chew some gas-x. They say it goes away after your body gets used to more fiber, though no matter what I do I seem to constantly have it!
girlnameddoor 30th-Jan-2008 02:17 pm (UTC)
IAWTC. When I went Veggie, ohhhh the gas. But that's over now!
falnfenix 30th-Jan-2008 05:42 pm (UTC)
oh yes, the gas...it's always bad when you get that sharp pain that you can feel moving along the intestinal tract.
100ofme 30th-Jan-2008 01:46 pm (UTC)
I've always used the cheapest ept I could find. I've never had one be wrong on me yet.
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