Do you quickly suffer from painful, bloated intestines, a.k.a. the ‘pregnancy bump’? There are some products that you can avoid to prevent recurrence.

[dropcap]My[/dropcap] intestines have been extremely sensitive since my childhood. This sensitivity manifests itself amongst others in a bloated, painful abdominal area. In my case, the cause presumably lies in stress, large amounts of sugar and fat, sundaes, starchy products, specific cereals and dairy products.

Ijs veroorzaakt bij mij flink gasvorming en pijn in mijn darmen
Sadly, sundaes cause me very painful intestines. Image source

Gas stimulating foods

I have also learned that there are certain foods that stimulate gas in the intestines; one of the causes of the bloated, painful intestines. These include among others the following foods:


  • New potatoes
  • Leek
  • Legumes
  • Cabbages
  • Onions
  • Bell pepper
  • Prumes
  • Melon
  • Unripe fruit


  • Dairy products with lactose (use goat or sheep milk as an alternative. This contains less lactose and is thus easier to digest.)
  • Egg dishes
  • Nuts


  • Coconut
  • Spicy herbs and spices
  • Beer
  • Carbonated beverages
  • Artificial sweeteners, such as sorbitol, mannitol and xylitol.


Fortunately, the gas usually has completely disappeared after 1 or 2 days. If you are prone to painful, bloated intestines, it is worth to limit above foods.

Bikini shoot

Do you want to be sure that you have no bloated tummy during that swimwear shoot? It then makes no sense to avoid these foods by default; avoiding these foods 2 days prior to the shoot will be good enough.

Fiber, fiber, fiber

Finally, remember to eat plenty of fiber-rich foods and drink lots of water for your stool, as a lack of fiber and fluid can cause a bloated, painful intestines. However, slowly add high-fiber foods to your diet, because too much fiber at once can also cause bloated intestines.

Change your lifestyle

Besides avoiding certain foods, there is also a number of methods and foods that you can add to your lifestyle to prevent painful, bloated intestines. In a follow-up article I will go into more details. Subscribe via this link to my new articles to receive notifications of new blog posts by email.

Image: Flickr/Hilde Skjorberg

[toggle title=”Disclaimer addition” state=”close”]Nutrition and its effect on our body is no one-size-fits-all science. That means that the foods that give complaints to me, may give you the same symptoms, but this doesn’t necessarily needs to be the case. You’ll have to try my tips to figure out what does and does not work for you. Furthermore, in this article I have not summed up all causes of bloated, painful intestines. If in serious pain, always contact your doctor.[/toggle]

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Hey! I'm Angela; a 30-something mommy and a now REAL #fitchick, digi nerd, photo & film shooter hobbyist, MSc specialized in Health Education, marketingspecialist and an international fashion model for 20 years. I've worked for eg. Viktor & Rolf, Nivea, Escada, Elle, Vogue and Glamour.

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