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S holding your breath while pregnant bad for the baby?

S holding your breath while pregnant bad for the baby?

It depends: Holding your breath can increase intra-abdominal pressure which may not be good for placental blood flow. I want to know why you would be holding your breath. ...Read more

Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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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 holding your breath while pregnant bad for the baby? I've been straining to poop because I'm constipated, and noticed I hold my breath. Is this bad

Is holding your breath while pregnant bad for the baby? I've been straining to poop because I'm constipated, and noticed I hold my breath. Is this bad

Unlikely: If you hold your breath too long, you'll pass out. Once unconscious, your body automatically starts breathing again. (that's why we pediatricians are never excited by breath holding spells in toddlers.) if you're not passing out while having a bowel movement, it's unlikely that your baby is suffering any ill effects. Talk to your OB about the constipation-no need to suffer. ...Read more

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Can holding my breath for about 30-40 secs harm my baby during pregnancy?

Can holding my breath for about 30-40 secs harm my baby during pregnancy?

No.: Holding your breath is unlikely to lower your blood oxygen level enough to cause a problem. Don't hold it so long that you feel dizzy or light-headed. ...Read more

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Does Holding your breath (swimming) during pregnancy harm the baby? Does it stop oxygen supply to the baby? Is it ok to hold ur breath?

Does Holding your breath (swimming) during pregnancy harm the baby? Does it stop oxygen supply to the baby? Is it ok to hold ur breath?

No: You and your baby have reserves that allow for holding your breath for the normal times during swimming or other activities. If you are not harmed the. Your baby is safe. ...Read more

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I am 30 weeks pregnant, can holding your breath harm the baby?

I am 30 weeks pregnant, can holding your breath harm the baby?

Not likely: Babies system actually grabs & holds the oxygen from your blood better than your blood does. Although a silly practice, if you hold your breath until you pass out, you would start breathing automatically & babies system is unlikely to notice. Brief breath holding has no significant effect. ...Read more

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I snorkeled when 22 weeks pregnant and ended up holding my breath a fair amount, to the point of breathlessness but not dizzy. I'm worried I hurt her!

I snorkeled when 22 weeks pregnant and ended up holding my breath a fair amount, to the point of breathlessness but not dizzy. I'm worried I hurt her!

Probably not: I understand your concern but it is unlikely that your breathholding would be enough to damage your child. However, it would be reasonable to discuss your concerns with your OBGYN, who might obtain an ultrasound to check. ...Read more

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What does it hurt to breath and you are pregnant?

What does it hurt to breath and you are pregnant?

Get checked: One possibly serious cause of this symptom would be a blood clot in the lung (pulmonary embolus) which can occur if your legs are swelling or you have varicose veins due to the pregnancy. Other possibilities can be as simple as bruised ribs, bronchitis or pleurisy. Your doctor can help discover the cause. ...Read more

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It's it okay for a pregnant women to breath in rubber smoke??

It's it okay for a pregnant women to breath in rubber smoke??

Probably not: As it is not known what chemical compounds are in the smoke it would be unwise to subject yourself or an unborn baby to the rubber smoke. ...Read more

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What can I do to help reduce having trouble with ashortness of breath while laying down while pregnant?

What can I do to help reduce having trouble with ashortness of breath while laying down while pregnant?

Lie on left side: Lie on your left side so your uterus is not putting pressure on your abdominal blood vessels. ...Read more

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I am 12 wks 5 days pregnant but for the past 2 days I've been feeling like I need air kind of making it hard for me to breath right why is this?

I am 12 wks 5 days pregnant but for the past 2 days I've been feeling like I need air kind of making it hard for me to breath right why is this?

Worrisome: Shortness of breath during pregnancy (assuming you do not have asthma) may be a sign of some serious conditions such as pulmonary embolism. You should see your doctor immediately. ...Read more

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During pregnancy can I hold my breath long enough to cause damage to my baby?

During pregnancy can I hold my breath long enough to cause damage to my baby?

No: No; even if you could hold you breath long enough to pass out, you would start breathing again on your own. As for the baby, it has lots of ways to protect itself from running out of oxygen and it would be fine. Nonetheless, I don't recommend that you try! ...Read more

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I am 2 months pregnant and have serious back pains. It hurts that much it takes my breath away sometimes. Is this normal?

I am 2 months pregnant and have serious back pains. It hurts that much it takes my breath away sometimes. Is this normal?

Likely, but: The most important thing is to make sure that you have started prenatal care and have confirmed the pregnancy is inside the uterus with your obgyn. Pregnancies can occur outside the uterus (ectopic) and can be life threatening and very painful). Again knowing more about your pregnancy and history would be helpful here. Assuming all is "normal" your pains are likely related to a growing uterus. ...Read more

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30weeks pregnant and I feel like I can't breath sometimes or have to take in deep breaths. Would this cut down oxygen to the baby?

30weeks pregnant and I feel like I can't breath sometimes or have to take in deep breaths. Would this cut down oxygen to the baby?

Unlikely to matter: Babies system selectively steals oxygen from you using blood cells that hold on to it better. Your brief periods of diminished ventilation are unlikely ti affect baby unless you were truly without oxygen for a period of time. Your bodies fail-safe mechanism is designed to kick in and restart your breathing if you passed out during an event, saving you both. ...Read more

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When im standing and I breath it feels like my stomache is tighter and maybe trying to stretch. Never felt like this before. Could I be pregnant?

When im standing and I breath it feels like my stomache is tighter and maybe trying to stretch. Never felt like this before. Could I be pregnant?

Take the test: If you want to know if you are pregnant, take a test. In today's world you do not need to wonder if you are pregnant or not based on symptoms. Pregnancy tests are available at any pharmacy and in minutes you will have your answer. They can detect a pregnancy 7-10 days after conception. The best time to take one is when you miss your period. ...Read more

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Is change in breath smell common in early pregnancy?

Is change in breath smell common in early pregnancy?

Not typical.: Without knowing you better, I can't say for sure. However one concern I have is gestational diabetes. It could also be gerd, or perhaps side effect of your prenatal vitamins. Please call your ob. ...Read more

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I am a synchronized swimmer and we hold our breath at times (max 10-15 sec) while swimming a routine. Can I continue to do so while pregnant?

I am a synchronized swimmer and we hold our breath at times (max 10-15 sec) while swimming a routine. Can I continue to do so while pregnant?

Yes: Your blood oxygen level does not drop significantly during these intervals to affect what baby is receiving. If you didn't breathe for 3-5 min it would start being significant. ...Read more

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Is shortness of breath common in pregnancy?

Is shortness of breath common in pregnancy?

Yes: Shortness of breath could be due to asthma or other complications during pregnancy. Shortness of breath is also a normal sensation frequently experienced during pregnancy due to the influence of the enlarged uterus on the diaphragm. Ask your ob/gyn doctor to listen to your lungs or check with your primary care provider. ...Read more

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Shortness of breath on exertion while pregnant at 28 weeks too early?

Shortness of breath on exertion while pregnant at 28 weeks too early?

Not necessarily.: Your OB should evaluate you with this complaint. This is a very common complaint in advancing pregnancy. There are also other causes of shortness of breath that are less common, but potentially harmful. ...Read more

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I'm burping continiouslyand im pregnant and im having shortness of breath?

I'm burping continiouslyand im pregnant and im having shortness of breath?

May be normal: The intestines slow down during pregnancy and you get more gas. Bloating, burping and passing gas are common in pregnancy. Shortness of breath normally occurs in the third trimester from the uterus decreasing the amount of lung expansion that occurs when you breathe. If earlier in pregnancy though, you might get checked for other lung or heart problems. ...Read more

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Gerd in pregnancy and shortness of breath?

Gerd in pregnancy and shortness of breath?

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. ...Read more

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Is it ok to hold your breath to avoid toxic fumes during pregnancy?

Is it ok to hold your breath to avoid toxic fumes during pregnancy?

Toxic fumes: It is not ok to hold your breath without supervision by a qualified professional. I.E a doctor. Toxic fumes should be avoided at all times and particularly during pregnancy. ...Read more

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My wife is 7 mnths pregnant and often short of breath. Is this a big problem?

My wife is 7 mnths pregnant and often short of breath. Is this a big problem?

No: Imagine if you overate a HUGE meal and needed to unfasten your belt to even move let alone breathe. That's what it is like for a pregnant woman whose lungs are compressed by a pregnancy pushing up against her diaphragm (breathing muscle) preventing the lungs from expanding except it is 3 times more constricting. Have some empathy with her as guess who caused the problem in the first place. (you) ...Read more

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7 mo pregnant and it hurts to take a deep breath or cough and turn over in bed?

7 mo pregnant and it hurts to take a deep breath or cough and turn over in bed?

Muscle pains?: Presuming the 'hurt' to be in the ribs, and suspecting cough to be present for a good many days, most likely it is muscular, complicated by altered anatomy and physiology due to pregnancy. Good to have it checked by a professional than addressing yourself. ...Read more

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I'm 28 weeks pregnant. When I bend over I cannot breath at all. What could this mean?

I'm 28 weeks pregnant. When I bend over I cannot breath at all. What could this mean?

Normal physiology: As the uterus grows the space for your lungs decreases. This can make you feel short of breath. Bending over can worsen the problem. This is normal physiology of pregnancy. Asthma can worsen or improve with pregnancy. If you experience quick breathing or severe shortness of breath go to the emergency room immediately. Chances of a blood clot in the lung are increased in pregnancy. ...Read more

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Ever since I got pregnant (im 13 weeks) I've had this horrible breath. Is this normal and how do I get rid of it?

Ever since I got pregnant (im 13 weeks) I've had this horrible breath. Is this normal and how do I get rid of it?

Dental care: This is a common complaint in pregnancy. If you haven't seen a dentist in a while it's time for a cleaning. It is safe for pregnant women to seek the dentist although dentist often require a note from the doctor. You should also brush your teeth and floss every day. Consider using mouthwash. Pregnant women often start to snore which can cause a dry mouth. Pregnant women also often get heartburn which can contribute. ...Read more

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Pregnant 6 mnths. Had a bad nightmare and woke up in sweats and out of breath for about 10 mins. Can this affect my baby?

Pregnant 6 mnths. Had a bad nightmare and woke up in sweats and out of breath for about 10 mins. Can this affect my baby?

No: A nightmare even with shortness of breath and sweating will not cause problems for the baby. Your concern suggests what a good mom you are going to be. This is a lucky baby! :) ...Read more

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I'm pregnant and having spells where I get really dizzy and can hardly stand, I can't catch my breath and I get really hot. Why is this happening?

I'm pregnant and having spells where I get really dizzy and can hardly stand, I can't catch my breath and I get really hot. Why is this happening?

Vasovagal syncope: You may have a condition known as vasovagal syncope which simply suggests that your blood pressure suddenly drops, pulse may go up, you could feel flushed (or not), short of breath a little, and then, if you don't sit down you could pass out....so it's best you sit or better yet, lie down on those occasions this occurs. Drink LOTS of fluids, talk to your doctors and you'll be fine. ...Read more

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Can I hold my breath during pregnancy? Can't stand a lot of smells so I hold my breath while cleaning or around paint. Have I caused damage to baby

Can I hold my breath during pregnancy? Can't stand a lot of smells so I hold my breath while cleaning or around paint. Have I caused damage to baby

Yes: Even if you try, you can't hold your breath forever. Baby will be fine. Avoid the paint or strong odors. Kiss: keep it simple smart. ...Read more

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I may be pregnant. I work construction, I deal with concrete. I breath concrete dust a lot of times and breath chemicals. Will that affect my preg?

I may be pregnant. I work construction, I deal with concrete. I breath concrete dust a lot of times and breath chemicals. Will that affect my preg?

Chemical exposure: What ever is not healthy for you is not healthy for a baby you may be carrying. I'm not sure you are even in compliance with OSHA regulations if you are breathing in so many irritants. You need to determine if you are pregnant, but regardless, you should strongly consider a different occupation where your health is not so compromised by your environment. ...Read more

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28 yo, 4 mo pregnant. Feel slight fever since this morning, 38.5 celcius. Also feel a slight difficulty to breath. Please suggest if this is serious?

28 yo, 4 mo pregnant. Feel slight fever since this morning, 38.5 celcius. Also feel a slight difficulty to breath. Please suggest if this is serious?

May be serious: Although shortness of breath is common I pregnancy due to hormonal changes, the flu has been extrememly serious the past few years and I suggest you see your primary physician immediately to make sure you don't need treatment for asthma or pneumonia. ...Read more

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Is shortness of breath only symptom of pregnancy? Or more?

Is shortness of breath only symptom of pregnancy? Or more?

No: Shortness of breath is not a symptom of pregnancy.Later in pregnancy, the enlarged uterus can restrict your ability to take a full breath and you may feel SOB as a result. ...Read more

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Can shortness of breath be a sign of pregnancy?

Can shortness of breath be a sign of pregnancy?

Pregnancy: Sometimes extra progesterone can cause shortness of breath as well as fluid retention and eventually the abdomen putting pressure on the lungs can all cause shortness of breath. Anemia can do it as well. ...Read more

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Shortness of breath in pregnancy and frequent burping?

Shortness of breath in pregnancy and frequent burping?

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. Burping occurs because the hormones in your body relax the muscles of the GI tract, causing more gas and bloating resulting in frequent burping. Both reverse after delivery. ...Read more

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When is shortness of breath something to worry about in pregnancy?

Asthma/Blood Clot: Shortness of breath can be a common normal change of pregnancy. However, if you are at any risk of a blood clot it's not normal, nor is it normal if you are an asthmatic. Typical shortness of breath while walking up stairs is common, shortness of breath at rest isn't. See you doctor right away, or the emergency room, if you are at all concerned. ...Read more