I am having a REALLY hard time breathing...

Stephanie - posted on 04/29/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )

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I am 26 weeks pregnant with my second baby, just this past week or so I have been having a really hard time breathing, it feels like no matter how deep of a breath I take I just can't get enough oxygen. Also this comes on really quickly and normally I am not doing anything that would be making me out of breath. I also am having pain in my chest when I breath in. It really has been making my very lightheaded and I am really worried that something might be wrong. I remember being a little short of breath with my 1st pregnancy but it wasn't until I was about 35 weeks or more and it really was very manageable and only really happened if I ate too much. I mentioned this to my doctor and she really didn't seem too concerned and didn't even listen to my lungs or anything. She said it was probably due to pollen. I really don't know if I'm over reacting or not. Has this happened to anyone else and what do you think I should do, should I get another opinion just to make sure? Because if I'm not getting enough oxygen then neither is my baby and that really scares me.

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Heather - posted on 11/06/2013

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I am 15 weeks with child #6 lol yes 6 then I am done. I have never had any issues until now maybe because I am 37..... I feel more anxiety than ever... I feel I can't breathe well. I feel my heart is racy. I do have anxiety and panick attacks in my history. My thyroid was high the it was ok.... now I feel out of breath... what could it be??.

Sara - posted on 01/28/2013

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Don't worry, the reason why your doctor didn't react is because it is a normal symptom. One of the joys of pregnancy. I didn't feel shortness of breath with my first until the very end just like you but with this one, I swear I can be short of breath just sitting and doing nothing, it's exhausting and frustrating but no there is nothing wrong. Although it could be a sign of something more serious it is rare. You could also be low in iron which is common in pregnancy!

Katie - posted on 01/11/2013

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Hi. I think I know what's happening. When you lie down, do you lie on your back? If so, then you might be pressing on a vein which can cause shortness of breath. It can also make you feel lightheaded and overly tired. I hope this helps and good luck with your baby!

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I had a hard time breathing during the last couple of months with both of my pregnancies. Sitting down only made it worse, I would breath hard from sitting on the couch, so i couldn't sit for long, it was exausting. The doctor said I was fine, just had an excess of fluid and they thought I had 6 pound babies, but both were 10 pounds. I am a petite person to begin with so there wasn't a lot of room for big babies, excess amniotic fluid and room to breeth. I had to just suffer through it, and do it for my babies. Definately get checked out though, you need to make sure nothing is wrong. Sorry if you have to deal with it like I did, but hang in there you can do it for you sweet little one.

Shawna - posted on 11/24/2012

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Hi i'm 27 weeks having the sane problems and eveything that you had i'm having it now could you please let me know what your doc said to you back than when you told them what was going on i;m soo scared

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Ashleyfaust - posted on 08/02/2014

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Hi Iam 6 months almost 7 and iam having a hard time breathing wat should i.do

Lauren - posted on 05/02/2010

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I have the same problem. I can't take showers for a long time and I start to faint. I will be sitting in bed and I will start to gasp for air and almost pass out. I can't walk up stairs even at a super slow speed and I am 28 weeks and this has been going on for a couple weeks now. The doctor actually told me that it may be my asthma. I have never had normal asthma just exercise induced and it had been doing great for years, but now I can barely talk because it makes me out of breath. I am not overweight and I am actually pretty small for how far along I am, so I have to believe it is my asthma coming back. My husband is so worried that he is considering not having more kids and just adopting from now on because I am really struggling. The doctor told me to get an appt immediately and get an inhaler because as the days go by it gets worse and worse. I have attacks about 2 to 4 times a day now. I am going in Monday to get an inhaler, so hopefully that helps otherwise I am afraid the baby has to come out early :-( Maybe you can get an inhaler? I am not sure if it is going to help me, but they said that if I die the baby dies, so at this point it is almost a must....

Lisa - posted on 05/02/2010

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im nearly 36 weeks gone and have been getting breathless from that time. i was told it was due to lack of iron in my blood and to start taking iron. maybe this will help. but if your not happy to talk to another doc or your mid wife. i feel the same about docs they just brush you off.

Kristin - posted on 05/01/2010

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Get a second opinion, pain in the chest should NEVER be ignored.

I've got horrible allergies and asthma, you don't mess around with your ability to breathe.

Ashleigh - posted on 04/30/2010

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ME TO!! and Im only 18 weeks! This is my 2nd pregnancy and didnt have it with my first. Just came on so suddenly but Im not getting the chest pain. Its really strange, I have never had this before. Its hard for me to see someone because Im a two hour drive from the nearest hospital or specialist! I have been ok today. It kind of scares me when it happens, will have to get it checked out soon. You should get a second opinion and let us know what they say please. I really dont think its serious but best to be sure, good luck ;)

Sarah - posted on 04/30/2010

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i would get a second opinion about it! I have asthma and have been having a really hard time breathing lately, more than likely because its allergy season. but yesterday when i saw my doctor i mentioned it and she became very concerned because if you are having a hard time then so is your child! If you have pets the pet dander might cause you to have a hard time breathing, if you do have pets and they sleep on your bed wash your sheets often and clean the rest of the house often that might help! Also I am on a rescue inhaler and also a preventative advair inhaler! which works pretty good for me! but on the rare occasion it doesn't work for me then i get a nebulizer treatment at my doctors! No matter what it is you should get it looked at because its not good for you or your baby! Hope your breathing gets better soon!

Rachel - posted on 04/30/2010

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Hay stephanie, I have the same problem. I could be sitting watching tele andfeel breatheless. I went the the doctor and I have a low iron count and underactive thyroid.. Get this checked out asap:) Take care..

Alyssa - posted on 04/30/2010

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personally, i'd be a little freaked out. i'm concerned that your doctor blew you off. it's one thing if you casually mention it & aren't really concerned, but you are worried about this. as your doctor, she has a responsibility to respond to your fears, needs, & questions. getting out of breath from waddling up the stairs is one thing, but what you're describing is definitely not that. did she recommend any kind of allergy otc medicine you can take? i'm sorry, but i already don't like her. if you're concerned, then she needs to be concerned. &, um, breathing is kind of a necessity. it almost sounds like asthma. she might even be able to prescribe a low-dose inhaler of some kind. i would call her again & stress how serous this is & how concerned you are. if she still blows you off, i'd be finding another doctor. the last thing you need is extra stress while preggers.

Stephanie - posted on 04/29/2010

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thank you, I really don't think the hot steam is a good idea, I have been having to take really quick showers b/c i get so out of breath that i feel i might faint in there.

Teresa - posted on 04/29/2010

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hi stephanie, have you maybe tried using a humidifier to open up you air ways? a simple way to do this is to shut yourself in the bathroom and let the hot water steam up and fill the air and take slow deep breaths it may help you breathe, i suffer hayfever allergies i some times have to do this when i can't breathe, i would get i second opinion if you are worried its best to know what is actually going on so you can relax.

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