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A 30-year-old female asked:

Gerd in pregnancy and shortness of breath?

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Dr. Nika Ferdowsi
Specializes in Family Medicine
Common: Common during pregnancy. You need more oxygen during pregnancy and the body adapts to this. Also as the growing baby/uterus pushes against your diaphragm (muscle of breathing) your breathing might feel more labored. Gerd occurs for the same reason. It also occurs because the hormones make the muscle from the stomach to the esophagus more relaxed, causing reflux. Both reverse after delivery.
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Rochester, NY
A 32-year-old male asked:

Can GERD cause shortness of breath? If so, how?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Christian Assad
Cardiology 16 years experience
Yes: GERD can cause the sensation of shortness of breath and also cause shortness of breath 1) Esophageal spasm due to irritation from gastric acid can give you this sensation 2) Severe Gerd could cause some reflux into airway predisposing for irritation and reactive airway
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Last updated Aug 12, 2015


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