Periods and chronic bloating are the two most common things that a woman can’t deny happening. It is like you’ve just finished lunch and you started feeling it in your stomach. Your stomach starts to rumble and churn and you know that it’s coming. A bloat that will make your jeans feel 6 sizes too small and make you feel like you look like you’re six months pregnant with twins.
So many of us deal with terrible bloating on a day to day basis but it’s not something we often talk about which can make you feel like you’re the only one going through a bloating horror story.
Well, you’re not alone! We’re all in the same bloated boat.
Recently, fitness blogger Tiffany Brien took to Instagram to share her own struggles with bloating and how terribly it can affect your life.
She shared a photograph of herself on a bad bloat day and captioned the photo, ‘No I’m not 6 months pregnant. It’s just my food baby…These two photos are 12 hours apart, left before bed and right when I woke up…. I know right!!’
Here’s Tiffany Brien’s shocking photo…
It’s crazy how different she looks before and after! Is it any wonder that bloating is so uncomfortable when it can make you grow to ten times your usual size!
And Tiffany Brien isn’t the only person sharing her story. Recently, a woman told metro.co.uk that during the past year her bloating has been so bad that she’s been reduced to tears from the excruciating pain that comes from eating some foods.
She’s also had to cancel nights out because her clothes don’t fit over her bloated stomach.
She’s tried everything, from diet changes to medications to tests for Crohn’s and Celiac disease but has never had a diagnosis more serious than ‘just bloating from stress’.
I don’t know about you, but that would make me more stressed just by itself! She admits that cutting carbs and alcohol can help but that it’s sometimes a pot-luck as to whether anything will work at all.
Is it any wonder that women everywhere are still struggling with bloating when we can’t find any answers?
Some people are resorting to ‘FODMAP’ diets, which encourage giving up most carbs as well as most fruit and veg.
Naturally, people find it difficult to stick to such a restricted diet so this doesn’t sound like an ideal situation. But sometimes, you’re so desperate to stop the bloating that you’ll try anything that could help.
One thing’s for certain, we don’t know enough about bloating and women are crying out for a solution!
It’s time for more scientific research to be put into this subject so we can finally go through our lives without having to deal with bloating that makes us look like Santa Claus after a year’s worth of milk and cookies.