How To Reduce Bloating Before Sex
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Dinner feasts, countdown parties and long overdue catch ups – what’s there not to like about this season?
The food coma, perhaps.
We’re all familiar with the intense food coma that follows a hearty meal. It makes us sleepy, slow and if we’re being honest, it can feel pretty unsexy, especially when you’re trying to sneak in some fun countdown times in the bedroom with your partner. No one likes moving around that much on a bloated tummy!
But don’t worry, the Genvie sisterhood has got your back. Here are some of our essential tips for the holidays if you’re looking for some sexy times in the bedroom!
1. Avoid cruciferous veggies
You’re at a feast, and there’s a big bowl of greens. Yes, it’s a healthy touch to the sinful feasting, but if you’re planning festive fun in the bedroom after your meal, you might want to skip some veggies. Specifically, cruciferous veggies such as brussels sprouts, kale, cabbage, and broccoli, which can create gas and make you feel extra bloated. If you’re going to get some fibre anyway, just make sure you’re not taking too much.
2. Don’t body shame yourself
Let’s be real – bloatedness isn’t sexy at all. Yet, it’s so important to continue being body positive at the centre of your bedroom fun.
Bloating after a heavy meal is normal, and there’s no reason to start beating yourself up about it. If you still want to have a go at sex, try to work around it by setting the mood: wear something nice and comfortable, put on a sexy playlist, dim the lights and use scented candles for a cozier ambience. Whatever you do, don’t start on that body shaming spiral and learn to love your body in all its forms.
3. Avoid any wild sex positions
If you’re going to get down and dirty on a full stomach, it would be wise to rethink which positions you’re going to attempt. Doggy Style or Reverse Cowgirl might be too high risk if you’re feeling gassy. This goes with any other positions that require you to bend over, or put a lot of weight on your tummy. This is the best time to explore alternative positions that are more comfortable for everyone – more sex tips here.
4. Go easy on the alcohol, opt for H20
Here’s a sciency tip for you: if you’re feeling too bloated, skip the post-dinner drinks and opt for water instead. Everyone loves getting a bit tipsy during the holidays, but sugary alcohol actually causes more bloating, might give you the runs, and even hinders informed decision-making, if you end up getting too tipsy. If you know you’ve got some bedroom activities planned after your hearty meal, perhaps go easy on the post-dinner drinks and hydrate with some water to flush out the toxins before sex! We promise you’ll feel better after that.
5. If all else else fails, just laugh it off
Look, sometimes things don’t go according to plan, and that’s okay! If you’ve exhausted these tips and are still feeling a bit too gassy and sluggish, just call it a night and laugh it off with your partner. After all, sex is rarely planned to a tee. While it can be sensuous, steamy, and wildly erotic, it can also be funny, awkward and even embarrassing at times.
Quality time isn't just about being physically present in the same space as your partner or having sex. It's how you engage and spend that time bonding, communicating your true feelings for one another with a sense of respect and mindfulness, that can really strengthen connections, as you ring in the New Year together with more positivity.
That’s not all for our tips. Ahead, we’ve got a couple of food coma friendly sex positions that you can try!