A member asked:

Im 35 weeks. i hold my breath/exhale 5-10 sec every time i exhale for over hour because of anxiety. im worried about lack of oxygen to the baby. will that cause damage?

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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh answered

Specializes in Pediatric Allergy and Asthma

Discuss breathing techniques, exercise and other ways to reduce anxiety with your physician. The breath hold is not effective in reducing anxiety. A 5 to 10 second pause is unlikely to cause hypoxia and should not effect the baby. Eat a healthy diet, discuss vaccinations and take prenatal vitamins.

Answered 9/7/2021

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