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A 41-year-old member asked:

is your chest supposed to start peeling when your pregnant?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Med eval: I have not heard of this. Please contact your obstetrician or dermatologist.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

Is it normal for your sternum to pop out while pregnant?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Out better than in: Although it is not normal for the sternoclavicular joint (scj) to subluxate or dislocate during pregneancy, it is certainly understandable that this joint as with most others tends to relax and become less stable during pregnancy. Anterior subluxations are more likely to avoid surgery than rare posterior subluxations of an unstable clavicle. Evaluation by orthopaedic surgeon is warranted.
Canada
A 27-year-old female asked:

I'm 35weeks pregnant & my breathin doesn't feel right , feels like its closing up & hurts in my chest my doc says not to worry but doesn't feel right?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. David Barrere
Obstetrics and Gynecology 9 years experience
He's probably right: Your doctor is probably right. The majority of the time, symptoms such as yours during pregnancy are as a result of the change in your anatomy. With the uterus enlarging, you diaphragm gets "pushed up" and thus, diminishes your lung capacity. Also, you rib cage changes its orientation slightly and cause discomfort. In rare cases, you have to worry about blood clots in the lungs.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Cramping just below the chest is common in pregnancy?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Not common: Chest pain is not common in pregnancy and should be promptly evaluated.
Cumming, GA
A 20-year-old female asked:

Is bandaging ribs dangerous when pregnant?

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Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
No: Not unless the bandaging is restrictive to one's breathing.
Canada
A 29-year-old female asked:

Is it true that your rib cage can actually expand during pregnancy permanently causing me to have wider measurements under my chest?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
No: Your rib cage will not permanently expand. Many gain weight during pregnancy. This may account for the wider measurements

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