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Holding Breath Pregnant
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
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
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
I've been walking past constrution sites with old paint and so have been holding my breath (5 weeks pregnant) I felt breathless. Could this harm baby?
Intermittently: Holding your breath in that fashion will not harm the baby. ...Read more
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?
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
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!
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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: 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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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