“No, I’m not pregnant – I’m bloated…”
Is what I should have said when I was offered a seat [by another woman] on the tube today! But I was so embarrassed and surprised that all I could say was “no, thanks… I’m fine”. Oh dear – I wanted to disappear into myself, but my tummy had other ideas and had developed a life of it’s own. There it was, sticking out, all hard and round, protruding in such a way that it really did look like I was at least 6 months pregnant (sadly, I’m not exaggerating).
Of course it’s very nice that someone would offer a seat up to a ‘pregnant’ woman – but when that woman isn’t pregnant? Ouch. I bloat up very easily – coriander, garlic, wheat, celery, peppers, some salad leaves, any carbs, beans, dairy… pretty much everything is not a friend of my tummy!
Today I decided to branch away from my usual tummy friendly safe lunch choice – salmon sushi – and opted instead for an Itsu ’7 Veg Mini Rice Pot’. Oh.my.god. What a mistake that was. I’m so careful all the time – juice for breakfast, salmon sushi for lunch and a salad for dinner – no snacking, no fun stuff – just good healthy food. But that silly mini veg pot must’ve had some hidden coriander in it because it caused a very recognisable pain in my stomach which I can actually taste.
The reason I’m sharing this is because I’ve realised it’s a very common problem amongst women. It’s pretty embarrassing – no one wants to feel bloated and uncomfortable. When I bloat up it makes me tired, irritable and sad – my clothes fit everywhere except round my tummy, I know I look ridiculous and it just makes me want to hide! This is also very embarrassing when you have a boyfriend – Mike is very sensitive to my feelings but of course I want to look hot for him.
Thankfully for me I can manage the bloat if I’m super careful, but there are people who have far more chronic issues.
I’ve been dealing with this bloat for many years now, so I’m not overly negatively effected by a woman thinking I was pregnant. Saying that, I really want to get a handle on this extreme bloating because it’s very embarrassing and genuinely makes me feel quite rubbish. Back to my juice, fish and salads… and trying not to get stressed out, to do more yoga and generally listen to my body.
I’m determined not to resort to plain rice cakes – this bloating will not win!