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Doctor insights on: Diaphragmatic Breathing Techniques For Pregnant Women

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Dr. Katharine Cox
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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What is the best way to deal with chest pain related to anxiety? I've tried breathing techniques etc. but I can never seem to calm myself down.

What is the best way to deal with chest pain related to anxiety? I've tried breathing techniques etc. but I can never seem to calm myself down.

Anxiety: Talking therapy ranks really high. Cognitive Behavioral therapy or psychotherapy can be effective. Aim for daily exercise, 8 hours of sleep per night & good nutrition w 5 servings of veggies & 4 of fruit per day. Try tai chi, yoga, Qi Gong, progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing exercises & meditation. Don't isolate - spend time w friends & stay active. ...Read more

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Is there any breathing techniques i can learn to learn how to exhale fully? I'm 27 and have asthma. I don't take any medication. I'm not exhaling out.

Is there any breathing techniques i can learn to learn how to exhale fully? I'm 27 and have asthma. I don't take any medication. I'm not exhaling out.

Yes: Pulmonary rehab is helpful to learn how to strengthen respiratory muscles but a 27 year old should have sufficient muscle strength in this area. Asthma is a disease where the airways narrow or go into spasm causing airway obstruction. The obstruction is more noticeable upon exhalation. ...Read more

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Can breathing techniques cure social anxiety?

Natural anti-anxiety: Yes. Breathing techniques will bring you lots of tools as you age and take on more and more responsibilities. There are a variety of meditation techniques and there is yoga and yoga breathing. This is a great way to prepare for adulthood. ...Read more

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I need help to get over my anxiety. Mostly anxious about my health if I will be ok when I'm alone. I meditate, use breathing techniques. ?

I need help to get over my anxiety.  Mostly anxious about my health if I will be ok when I'm alone. I meditate, use breathing techniques. ?

Grandma was right: Grandma's basic rules of mental health: - eat healthy food - avoid drugs and alcohol - get good sleep - exercise - be around people that love you - do something you care about ...Read more

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Asthma. I'm unable to exhale fully and its causing symptoms of hyperventilation syndrome. Is there any breathing techniques i can learn to exhale?

Asthma. I'm unable to exhale fully and its causing symptoms of hyperventilation syndrome. Is there any breathing techniques i can learn to exhale?

There may be : Some breathing exercises that will help, but because your situation sounds severe, i would first make sure you have exhausted medication and environmental options. ...Read more

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What are some good breathing techniques for someone with asthma? My main problem is exhaling normally or fully. I have to use my accessory muscles.

What are some good breathing techniques for someone with asthma? My main problem is exhaling normally or fully. I have to use my accessory muscles.

Breathing exercises: Facilitative breathing exercises that can help people with asthma and/or vocal cord dysfunction include: abdominal breathing (like they taught in choir for singing), pursed lip breathing (narrow lips), sniffing through the nose, and yoga with concentration on breathing. ...Read more

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I've had anxiety problems (stuttering) for 5 months i'm facing the problem by doing breathing techniques daily how long will it take 4 stutter to go?

I've had anxiety problems (stuttering) for 5 months i'm facing the problem by doing breathing techniques daily how long will it take 4 stutter to go?

Contact your Dr.: If you haven't already seen your physician, you need to do this. There is need for more information, but start with your pcp. It is important to rule out physical problems, before assuming that it's only anxiety. If it turns out to be anxiety, there are many other things in addition to breathing techniques which could be helpful. Then it would be advantageous to work with a therapist. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have anxiety and i get a lot of attacks. I try to stay calm and do breathing techniques but it does not help me feel better?

What should I do if I have anxiety and i get a lot of attacks. I try to stay calm and do breathing techniques but it does not help me feel better?

Anxiety attacks suck: There are 2or 3 things you can do 1) continue with your techniques but add cognitive refocusing: read a book or journal back to front; count from 100 backward eg. 2) go for cognitive based therapy or any psychotherapy 3) ask dr or therapist for psychiatric referral for psychotropic meds. Anxiety and panic attacks are at peak levels in teens and young adults and should dissapate. For now, seek help. ...Read more

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How can I learn breathing techniques to control anxiety and lower my stress level?

How can I learn breathing techniques to control anxiety and lower my stress level?

There are many ways,: Including finding a yoga or biofeedback trainer, finding a mental health professional who treats anxiety, or buying a legitimate training program to use on your own, such as www.Wilddivine.Com. Many books on anxiety or stress management have simple breathing instructions. You might also find an appropriate class at a community college. ...Read more

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What is the correct breathing technique for male? I've been feeling nauseaus after trying different breathing techniques which i read on the net. help

What is the correct breathing technique for male? I've been feeling nauseaus after trying different breathing techniques which i read on the net. help

?????????????: Leave your body alone!Breathing is an automatic function patterned and controlled by sensors within your body.Infants go through a period after birth where their body teaches it's automatic centers how deep/often to breathe based on level of activity and or metabolic function. If you want to temporarily take yourself to some zen space based on superimposed breathing patterns, fine. ...Read more

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What causes breathing problem during pregnancy?

Hormones and size: The hormones of pregnancy as well as the growing uterus can make you feel short of breath. The breaths you take are more shallow and more frequent so it feels like you are short of breath. In fact, you are getting enough air. Even a very fit woman will feel short of breath after climbing up stairs. If you really are breathing fast and not getting enough air while resting, that is not normal. ...Read more

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When breathing I feel cold in my lungs. 7 months pregnant?

When breathing I feel cold in my lungs.  7 months pregnant?

Need more info.: Are you short of breath? Coughing? Any fevers? Being that you're pregnant, certain diagnostic tests and medications would be prohibited. Your best bet, all things considered, would be a good local examination of the lungs to see if any treatment would be necessary or if watchful waiting would be more prudent. ...Read more

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If you have asthma, can breathing be harder when your pregnant?

If you have asthma, can breathing be harder when your pregnant?

True: Pregnancy brings on many changes that affect breathing: the extra weight and a big uterus pushing up against the diaphragm, are two factors normal for all moms. However, maternal asthma during pregnancy is less predictable; equally 1/3 get worse, better, or, sure enough, stay the same. Thankfully, asthma almost always eases up around the time of delivery (perhaps due to excess hormones). ...Read more

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I am not sure if I am pregnant or getting fat. However, Ive recently been Having a hard time breathing and getting tired easily.

I am not sure if I am pregnant or getting fat. However, Ive recently been Having a hard time breathing and getting tired easily.

Doctor can evaluate: "Hard time breathing" means one needs to see a doctor because it can be many things, such as an allergic reaction, a heart problem, pneumonia, etc... Trouble breathing can also be due to asthma-type symptoms if the person is prone to getting such problems with any cold, flu, allergy, or strep throat symptoms. If one is worried about sudden or severe trouble breathing, 911 and the ER can help. ...Read more

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I am pregnant. I have nose allergy and breathing difgiculty?

I am pregnant. I have nose allergy and breathing difgiculty?

Pregnancy: Hi dear you are in first trimester so lesser or no medicine the better , is it breting difficulty thru nose or thru lungs, if thru nose then just saline nasal wash , nasalchrome nose spray over the counter safe, but if breathing thru lung then must use asthma inhaler like albuterol prescribed by an m.D and see pulmonologist on regular basi. ...Read more

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Can you take a breathing nebulizer while pregnant?

Yes: Take whatever breathing treatments you take for asthma while you are pregnant. Some people find their asthma gets better during pregnancy and others find it gets worse. Work with your doctor with the asthma. ...Read more

Breathing (Definition)

Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more