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5 Signs Your Belly Bloat Isn't Normal

When your expanding waistline is more than just a fashion crisis.

Women are no strangers to belly bloat. Who hasn't had a "food baby" carbo-geddon? Our monthly periods guarantee expanded waistlines, a protruding belly, and cramps. While most of us are used to the feeling of pain and discomfort by now, we can never be too cautious when it comes to our bodies. If you experience the following symptoms, it's very important that you get yourself checked ASAP.

Excessive and prolonged bloating

Ascites is a condition where fluid builds up in the abdominal or pelvic area. This makes your stomach bloat and eventually become disproportional to your body frame, causing abnormal weight gain. If accompanied by yellowing eyes and skin, ascites could be caused by liver diseases like hepatitis B or hepatitis C.

Bleeding during bowel movements

Blood in your stool can be a symptom of mild diseases like hemorrhoids or fibroids, to severe ones like colon cancer. If there is bright red blood on your toilet tissue after defecating, have yourself checked immediately to get appropriate treatment and care.

Abnormal vaginal discharge

If you bleed in between periods or have a funky-smelling discharge, your bloating could be a sign of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). PID happens when a sexually transmitted infection (e.g., chlamydia or gonorrhea) is left untreated and the bacteria find their way to the fallopian tubes or the uterus.

The usual symptoms are a mild pelvic pain, irregular spotting, difficulty in peeing, chills, and fever. If left untreated, PID can lead to infertility or ectopic pregnancy (a complication that finds the embryo outside the uterus).

Extreme abdominal cramps

There’s the all-too-familiar pain that comes with our period, but when the pang is located at the lower left side of your stomach, it might be a sign of diverticulitis, a condition caused by the formation of small, inflamed pouches in the lining of the lower part of your colon. Complications can arise from diverticulitis, such as bowel obstruction and an infected pelvis or abdomen.

Regular checkups allow you to discover and treat diseases or illnesses early for quicker recovery. For this you’ll need a dependable medical plan like AXA’s Health Max, which offers a guaranteed health fund in cash that covers 74 medical conditions until you hit 100.

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This article was created by Summit StoryLabs in partnership with AXA Philippines.

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