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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

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Dr. Katharine Cox
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If you're pregnant or planning to get pregnant, there are many things you can do to give your baby a healthy start: Regular prenatal visits along with laboratory testing, ultrasounds, prenatal vitamins and immunizations (like the flu shot and whopping cough booster). Now's the time to eat healthy, stay hydrated, and ...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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Pregnant with a really bad stuffy nose. very tired and just want to sleep. I read an article saying if you hold your breath for 30 sec your nose should clear up some. Is this bad for the baby?

Pregnant with a really bad stuffy nose. very tired and just want to sleep. I read an article saying if you hold your breath for 30 sec your nose should clear up some. Is this bad for the baby?

Myth/no: This practice has no basis in reality, but if you or they believe in it anything can have a placebo effect. Holding your breath for 30 seconds will have no effect on baby. ...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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Hi im 11 weeks pregnant and have a bad cold been vomiting can't keep nothing down wile vomiting I feel like I cant breath will my baby be ok?

Hi im 11 weeks pregnant and have a bad cold been vomiting can't keep nothing down wile vomiting I feel like I cant breath will my baby be ok?

Your Obstetrician ca: During pregnancy your Obstetrics doctor (Ob/Gyn) is supposed to monitor you and guide you through Pregnancy. If you do not have one, you need to find one urgently. otherwise you should go to the Emergency room and get checked by a ER physician. They will give you IV fluids and antinausea treatment to stop your vomiting. You can get dehydrated and that can be harmful to the baby. So don't wait arn ...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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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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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