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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

Dr. Ravi Chand
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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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I'm at my 6 week pregrancy and i'm experiencing breathing difficulty  and started snoring (i never snored before) I had a high BMI before pragrancy ?

I'm at my 6 week pregrancy and i'm experiencing breathing difficulty  and started snoring (i never snored before) I had a high BMI before pragrancy ?

Breathing changes: Breathing changes with pregnancy, the breaths getting shallower and more frequent so most women feel some shortness of breath even very early on. Snoring can be related to congestion that most women have or it could be sleep apnea that is more common in women with a higher bmi. If it seems to disrupt your sleep, you should get it checked out. ...Read more

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Is breathing difficulty a common symptom of anxiety attacks?

Is breathing difficulty a common symptom of anxiety attacks?

Yes: Feeling short of breath and not being able to catch your breath is one of the most common signs of a panic attack. You may want to try relaxation breathing as explained very well in the book: the relaxation response by benson. Good luck. ...Read more

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During a badminton game i hit my knee against my rib cage. Now my rib still hurts after one week. There is no bruising or breathing difficulty.

During a badminton game i hit my knee against my rib cage. Now my rib still hurts after one week. There is no bruising or breathing difficulty.

Bruised rib: You probably bruised your rib, which can be painful as you move your ribs every time you breath and with certain movements. It should get better in time, and if it does not, see your dr. For an eval, good luck. ...Read more

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Breathing difficulty after bending over, should I be concerned?

Breathing difficulty after bending over, should I be concerned?

Sometimes: Abdominal contents are squished by bending, that pushes over the diaphragm giving you that sensation. ...Read more

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Would malaria infection create breathing difficulty?

Would malaria infection create breathing difficulty?

Not initially: That would be an uncommon symptom initially, though it could occur eventually with severe malaria, since people who are severely anemic (which can be a consequence of malaria) breathe more rapidly to compensate for their anemia. ...Read more

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What can cause fast heartbeat, breathing difficulty, cold body, and dizziness?

What can cause fast heartbeat, breathing difficulty, cold body, and dizziness?

Lengthy list: One could begin with common causes such as dehydration, extreme anxiety or fright, asthma, abnormal thyroid function and some unusual problems such as rare tumors which secrete substances which can affect heart rate and blood pressure. The list is very long. However, were you to undergo a thorough medical examination with appropriate blood and urine testing, an answer would likely be found. ...Read more

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What symphoms are normal 3 months after quiting smoking. Still have dry cough and breathing difficulty?

What symphoms are normal 3 months after quiting smoking. Still have dry cough and breathing difficulty?

New?: It would be helpful to know if these symptoms were present while you were smoking or if they are new since you quit. Either way, pulmonary function testing would be helpful to see if you have chronic airway inflammation resulting in a diagnosis of copd. You may also have bronchospasm causing these symptoms. See your doctor so these symptoms can be diagnosed and then treated. Congrats on quitting! ...Read more

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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


Dr. Govind Sharma
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Breathing Difficulty (Definition)

Breathing difficulty can be caused by problems anywhere within the airways, from the bottom of the lungs to problems at ...Read more