What moves in the stomach?

Sensations of movement in the stomach are familiar to many. Sometimes you can even visually determine that something is happening in the stomach. Abdominal distension, movement inside it, muscle mobility, strange sounds, painless or painful, can be caused by various reasons. Consider some of them.

If pregnancy is completely excluded or you are a man, and something is moving in the stomach, then this can occur for a variety of reasons: due to the motility of the tubular organs, gas formation, helminthiasis, and neoplasms.


Undulating contractions of hollow tubular organs to move the contents along them to the outlets is called peristalsis. Contractions can be felt even through the abdominal wall. Waves are formed independently of the will of man. The organs of the gastrointestinal tract (stomach, intestines), fallopian tubes and urinary tract are reduced.

Sensations of movement can be in different places, sometimes in some directions of movement, since the organs have a length of 10-15 cm. To 10 m. And a different number of normal contractions.The intensity of contractions, their frequency depends on the diet, health status, features of the nervous regulation. In normal life, peristalsis does not cause discomfort and is almost imperceptible.


Understanding why the belly moves, you can turn to the science of parasitology. You should not immediately take this advice to bayonets and recall the sayings that helminthiasis is a disease of unscrupulous individuals. Parasites are too diverse, and the processes of penetration into the human body are not limited to the mouth. Microscopic, forming colonies and tape, ten meters in length, parasitizing in the intestines for years, they all harm people.

Sometimes it is very difficult to understand that you have become a carrier of the parasite, and accept it. Laboratory studies and modern diagnostic methods allow to accurately determine the type of helminth, its localization and select an effective method of treatment.

Gas formation

The processes of digestion and assimilation of food are accompanied by the release of gases. Syndrome of increased gas formation affects about 40% of the world's population. Normally, the human digestive tract contains about 200 ml.gases, and is released on average from a healthy person through the lower intestine about 600-700 ml.

Increased gas formation leads to swelling of the intestine, abdominal distention, rumbling, pain syndrome. The causes of increased gas formation are different: an increase in the amount of air swallowed with food, a violation of intestinal microflora, a violation of the enzymatic functions of the gastrointestinal tract, the consumption of food, during the digestion of which a large amount of gases is emitted, etc.


Tumor and adhesions in the intestines can lead to a feeling of movement, growth, increase in pressure, heaviness and movements in the abdomen.

In any of these cases, a physical examination and diagnosis is required to determine what is moving in the abdomen. Be attentive to your health!