Shortness of Breath During Pregnancy: When to Worry | Parents

Shortness of Breath During Pregnancy: When to Worry | Parents

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Well, over half of women will get shortness
of breath when they’re pregnant. In the first trimester, it’s really common from the hormonal
changes. The increase is progesterone can make you feel shortness of breath that you’ve
never felt before. A lot of people have a hard time even finishing a sentence without
taking a big breath in because of that sensation. If you’re developing that shortness of breath
that seems acute as opposed to gradual onset, so out of the blue if you suddenly find yourself
much more feeling shortness of breath, then that’s something that would warrant medical
attention, but then if it’s been chronic and it’s maybe getting a little bit worse, but
basically as it has been, that’s gonna be really common. In the second trimester and
the third trimester, you can imagine as your uterus is growing, there’s less room to take
a deep breath in, so it can feel much more constricted and harder to take that breath
in. So, that’s really common. It’s nothing that is acutely getting worse, suddenly getting
worse, then it’s probably just related to that pregnancy. In general with the shortness
of breath, you need to pace yourself, you need to relax. And if you’re lying down and
you’re feeling worse, you need to sit up and make sure that that feels better. And if none
of those things are helping, there are some things that should be ruled out either by
your OB/GYN or by your primary care provider.

9 thoughts on “Shortness of Breath During Pregnancy: When to Worry | Parents”

  1. im having shortness of breath since yesterday (19wks of pregnancy) and start to worry about my condition, thank you for this info.

  2. I'm low in iron so get shortness of breath very easily. It is frustrating when you have soooo much to do to prepare for the baby. Luckily I'm on maternity leave now, so don't have to worry about work atm.

  3. I'm glad I found this video I get so out of breath I'll feel like I just ran 5 miles I'm 26 weeks with a baby boy!!! 🙂

  4. I'm now 19weeks preg and my doctor has detected a heart murmur and is sending me to the hospital to find out what is causing it

  5. 32 weeks and feeling like I won’t make it to 9 months 😓😭 so tired, so sleepy, so uncomfortable… baby girl hurry up!😭😭😭 lol

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