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Is it normal to feel like I am breathing fast in the 3rd trimester?

Is it normal to feel like I am breathing fast in the 3rd trimester?

Depends: As the baby grows, it presses up on the lungs and certain muscles in the ribs relax and you may feel like you are taking shallower breaths more often. But if this happens suddenly or you feel like you are really struggling, you need to see someone right away. Blood clots in the lungs are also more common in pregnancy and can be very serious. ...Read more

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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


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What can I do if my breathing feels restricted in the third trimester?

What can I do if my breathing feels restricted in the third trimester?

See OB, L&D ASAP: If new or worsening respiratory or heart symptoms, there may be condition that affects not only the pregnant woman but also the fetus. So it is important for a woman to immediately notify her OB provider and to be seen for evaluation of her and for fetal heart monitoring till a problem is ruled out. If not a problem, then she will be sent home with office followup unless symptoms come back. ...Read more

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I am in my third trimester and I have difficulty breathing when i lie down. Why?

I am in my third trimester and I have difficulty breathing when i lie down. Why?

sob: Often the size of the fetus/uterus in the third trimester can interfere with diaphagmatic motion when lying down and cause difficulty breathing, talk you your doctor, lying down with chest higher than abdomen can help in this case rather than lying flat. ...Read more

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Is it normal to get piles in the 3rd trimester?

Is it normal to get piles in the 3rd trimester?

Common: During the third trimester, women have increased urinary frequency due in part from pressure of the uterus/baby on the bladder. While they are trying to get the last minute tasks accomplished, this is "inconvenient" and many deal with this by cutting back on their fluid intake. Frequent urination is much less inconvenient than constipation and hemorrhoidal flares, drink more fluids! ...Read more

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Is white discharge normal in the 3rd trimester?

Is white discharge normal in the 3rd trimester?

Yes: Vaginal discharge changes in the 3rd trimester. It can get thick and white or thin and watery. White discharge is usually normal, however, if it is clumpy or accompanied by itching, pain, or a fishy odor it may be a sign of a yeast or bacterial infection. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have cramps in the 3rd trimester?

Is it normal to have cramps in the 3rd trimester?

Yes: There are 3 common causes of cramps in the 3rd trimester. Round ligament pain is pain in the structures supporting the uterus, often in the groin. Braxton-hicks contractions are "practice" contractions, when the uterus tightens or cramps periodically but they aren't regular. Labor can also cause cramping contractions every 3-5 minutes that don't go away with rest and hydration. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have brown discharge during the early 3rd trimester?

Is it normal to have brown discharge during the early 3rd trimester?

Not normal: Please call your OB as you may have a vaginal infection, but u need to make sure your cervix is not starting to open or nothing bad is going on with the placenta your OB can do an exam and an ultrasound and vaginal cultures. ...Read more

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Is it normal not to feel movement for a couple of hours late in the 3rd trimester?

Is it normal not to feel movement for a couple of hours late in the 3rd trimester?

Yes: You should feel your baby move every day. Babies have sleep cycles and you may not feel them move while you are sleeping. If it has been more than a couple of hours since you felt your baby move, try eating a snack or drinking juice, often this will make babies more active. If you are still not feeling movement you should call your doctor or the hospital to listen to the baby's heartbeat. ...Read more

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I have hydrocephalus and am in my 3rd trimester. Is it possible for the shunt to malfuntion then go back to normal?

I have hydrocephalus and am in my 3rd trimester. Is it possible for the shunt to malfuntion then go back to normal?

May be intermittent: A vp shunt involves tubing that goes from the ventricle to a valve above the ear and then along the neck and chest and into the abdomen. This tubing curls in the abdomen and drains the brain fluid there. Obstruction can occur anywhere along this route. The obstruction may be intermittent. X-rays can look at the tubing, and taping the valve can be sure it is working. Get a thorough checkup. ...Read more

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Is it normal for morning sickness to return again in the 3rd trimester. Does this mean you are having a girl?

Is it normal for morning sickness to return again in the 3rd trimester. Does this mean you are having a girl?

Yes and no: Nausea often returns in the third trimester usually because the enlarged uterus causes the stomach to be displaced and sometimes compressed. The speed at which the stomach empties is also decreased in pregnancy resulting in nausea. As for the gender, it does not play a role in these symptoms and can occur with either male or female fetuses. ...Read more

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Is measuring a week ahead in the 2nd and 3rd trimester normal? What causes that? Neither me or my fiance are very tall.

Is measuring a week ahead in the 2nd and 3rd trimester normal? What causes that? Neither me or my fiance are very tall.

Normal: This amount of difference in pregnancy measurements is entirely normal. In fact, it doesn't even indicate well the size your baby will be. Even ultrasound scan measurements can easily be off by two weeks on the measurements in later pregnancy. It sounds as if you are perfectly normal. Shorter women often measure a little bigger since they have less room to hide the baby in and thus appear bigger. ...Read more

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Im in my 3rd trimester & have been experiencing increased pain in my pelvic & hip bones. My dr says this is normal, but how can I ease the pain?

Im in my 3rd trimester & have been experiencing increased pain in my pelvic & hip bones. My dr says this is normal, but how can I ease the pain?

Pregnagncy belt: This pain is common, caused by the joints being more lax in pregnancy and not easy to relieve. Some patients find wearing a pregnancy belt helps because it stabilizes the pelvic bones. Also stretching, yoga, tylenol, (acetaminophen) ice and heat may help. You may wear the belt at night also or prop lots of pillows around and between your legs and hips. Hang in there...Pregnancy only seems like forever! ...Read more

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Im in my 3rd trimester & I have notice that when im sleeping on either side my arms go numb, & I have been having some leg cramps. Is it normal?

Im in my 3rd trimester & I have notice that when im sleeping on either side my arms go numb, & I have been having some leg cramps. Is it normal?

Staypuff marshmellow: At this stage in pregnancy you are carrying a heavy child, and an enormous amount of circulatory fluid and extra blood so when you sleep on your arm, it too "goes to sleep" from the pressure and temporary obstruction of circulation and nerve compression. Use pillows liberally and change positions often to avoid the problem. ...Read more

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During the 3rd trimester, I noticed a woman's belly ripple or move quite obviously when baby moved. Does this only happen to some women? Like thin?

During the 3rd trimester, I noticed a woman's belly ripple or move quite obviously when baby moved. Does this only happen to some women? Like thin?

Wall thickness: The baby always moves. You may or may not be able to actually see the movement as an outsider, depending on the thickness of the mom's anterior abdominal wall and the location of the placenta. ...Read more

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What can I take for a cold in my 3rd trimester?

What can I take for a cold in my 3rd trimester?

Cold in 3rd trimeste: Rest, fluid and small amount of tylenol (acetaminophen) ( less than 4 gm total a day) for fever. If not better in 5 days, or fever, shortness of breath, abdominal pains, signs of baby distress or early labor, consult your OB immediately. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take baths in the 3rd trimester?

Is it safe to take baths in the 3rd trimester?

Of course....: Sounds like a great way to relax. I'd take advantage of the opportunity now, as similar escapes with a small child, or a toddler, or a school age child, or a pre-teen, or a teenager will be few and far between, and in each case for different reasons. Enjoy this while you can, then enjoy all the joys of parenting to come. Congratulations and cheers to you.... ...Read more

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Why am i so tired during my 3rd trimester & suffering from fibromyalgia?

Why am i so tired during my 3rd trimester & suffering from fibromyalgia?

Pregnancy and fibrom: Pregnancy is associated with many body changes and can be responsible. That will be cured with delivery. However, you should not have to suffer with the fibromyalgia. There are excellent local or non-medicinal treatments that can be very helpful. ...Read more

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Can i exercise on an elliptical machine while i'm early in my 3rd trimester?

Can i exercise on an elliptical machine while i'm early in my 3rd trimester?

Depends on u: If you have been doing that before and all throughout your preg and u are having no problems then u prob can, if u have not been doing it already then- no, you must go slow because some people can start to get a little symnphysis pubis separation in the 3rd trimester and the eliptical could make that worse so if u notice any pain in middle where the pubic symphysis is then u must stop. ...Read more