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Doctor insights on: Heaviness Of Breathing During Pregnancy

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What causes breathing problem during pregnancy?

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

Dr. Suzanne Galli
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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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Is it common to have breathing difficulty during your pregnancy?

Is it common to have breathing difficulty during your pregnancy?

Depends: Many women will have a gradual elevation of the diaphragm due to the enlarging baby during the late 2nd and 3rd trimester. They may need more effort to take a deep breathe. Some may need to sleep with more pillows.If one has sudden shortness of breathe they should consult their md asap. ...Read more

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Does breathing difficulties during pregnancy while eating,walking and drinking harm the fetus?

Does breathing difficulties during pregnancy while eating,walking and drinking harm the fetus?

No: generally mild breathing issues are very common in pregnancy and provide no risk to the fetus. Only in severe cases (asthma) is there a potential problem ...Read more

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Can old TB scar cause any problems during pregnancy? Breathing problems? After TB treatment when to conceive?

Can old TB scar  cause any problems during pregnancy? Breathing problems? After TB treatment when to conceive?

OK: Tb (even if active) tends to improve during pregnancy. A scar would not be a problem if you're otherwise healthy. In the modern drug era, it would be prudent to wait until you've finished your medications before conceiving. ...Read more

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Does illness in pregnancy affect my breathing pattern?

Does illness in pregnancy affect my breathing pattern?

It can.: Any pregnancy complicated by illness can lead to even more frequent respiration which is typically more shallow in pregnancy as a result of the elevation of the diaphragm from the enlarging uterus and the effects of progesterone. ...Read more

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When breathing out i get sharpe pains in my belly, is this pregnancy?

When breathing out i get sharpe pains in my belly, is this pregnancy?

Pregnancy symptoms: Hi rmarhl6, that symptoms is unlikely pregnancy but a home pregnancy test can determine your condition. These tests are quite sensitive and able to detect pregnancy as early as 5 days after conception. Common symptoms indicating pregnancy are: periods stop nausea and vomiting breast enlargement and tenderness increased urination fatigue doc ripley. ...Read more

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Wondering some things i could do to help with my breathing. I'm 38wk pregnant and having bad breathing problems. Never had them before pregnancy?

Wondering some things i could do to help with my breathing. I'm 38wk pregnant and having bad breathing problems. Never had them before pregnancy?

Contact OB: When a physician hears the words "bad breathing problems" the sense of emergency is triggered. This is not normal and you need to contact your physician urgently. ...Read more

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Why my vaginal area feels so heavy during pregnancy ?

Why my vaginal area feels so heavy during pregnancy ?

Engorgement: Your pelvis and vagina get engorged with blood when you are pregnant. This can cause a heavy feeling in the vagina. ...Read more

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At what week during pregnancy do you start looking heavier and gaining weight?

At what week during pregnancy do you start looking heavier and gaining weight?

Depends on your wt.: Weight gain in pregnancy and showing does vary based on your prepregnancy height and weight. Larger women may not "show" until later. Thinner women may start to have a mild baby bump around 16-20 weeks. ...Read more

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Is it normal to gain more than 25 kg during pregnancy especially when I already am heavy?

Is it normal to gain more than 25 kg during pregnancy especially when I already am heavy?

No: Although it is common to gain extra weight, it is not the best thing for you or your pregnancy. You are more likely to develop gestational diabetes. Then your baby may also gain too much weight and have problems with its glucose or electrolytes at the time of birth and it is much more difficult to get back to a normal weight postpartum if you have gained over 25 pounds. ...Read more

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At what week during pregnancy is it unsafe to reach for things and lift heavy items?

At what week during pregnancy is it unsafe to reach for things and lift heavy items?

Myth: Problems from reaching during pregnancy are a myth--- no problems. Lifting should be limited to 15-30 lbs according to the method of lifting and weeks of pregnancy, ...Read more

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I am already heavy but I don't wanna gain to much during my pregnancy what type of exercise should I do while I aam pregnant?

I am already heavy but I don't wanna gain to much during my pregnancy what type of exercise should I do while I aam pregnant?

Great question!: By far the best exercise you can do is walking! make sure you have a comfortable pair of shoes! and take nice slow walks...Great for the circulation; and low impact. You might also try using an elliptical machine; as this is also low impact on your joints, just do it slowly and you'll get a great work-out. Yoga is another great thing to study while pregnant; very relaxing. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Did a heavy birth weight mean that I ate too much during my previous pregnancy?

Did a heavy birth weight mean that I ate too much during my previous pregnancy?

Not completely: What the mother eats and her activity level do play a part in determining the weight of the baby. However, genetics play a part too. Some people make big babies, some people make small babies. Most of it is out of our control. I do stress eating very healthy and exercising everyday. ...Read more

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I can't stop drinking heavily during pregnancy. What's the best way to get serious help?

I can't stop drinking heavily during pregnancy. What's the best way to get serious help?

Alcoholics Anonymous: Aa is a great organization. You have a good motivator to stop due to the pregnancy so attend a meeting. Going through that may help and improve yours and your baby's life. ...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