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

Dr. Megan Bird
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Megan Bird
Dr. Megan Bird
Thank
Dr. Aaron Milstone
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
In brief: Yes
The weight of the unborn fetus and hormonal changes associated with pregnancy can increase your breathing rate/respiratory rate in the last trimester.

In brief: Yes
The weight of the unborn fetus and hormonal changes associated with pregnancy can increase your breathing rate/respiratory rate in the last trimester.
Dr. Aaron Milstone
Dr. Aaron Milstone
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Aaron Milstone
Board Certified, Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
23 years in practice
1M people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors