is it normal at 28weeks to not be able to breath when you lay down

Danielle - posted on 11/13/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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im 28 weeks pregnant and this is my first child everynight when i try to go to sleep i cant cause i have a hard time breating i was just wondering if this is normal.

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Amy - posted on 11/19/2009

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Actually, guys, once you're about halfway through the second trimester, you shouldn't lay flat on your back at all. The weight of your uterus presses on a main blood line in your body called the inferior vena cava. This vessel carries a ton of blood to your uterus, as wel throughout your body. When the blood flow is restricted from flowing, it causes restricted blood flow to the uterus, as well as going back and forth to the rest of your body. You may notice that you also feel light-headed and a little dizzy if you lay on your back - that's why. With my last baby, the midwives told me that when it gets uncomfortable for you to lay on your back, that's when you need to stop. Before then, if you're not noticing any shortness of breath or anything, then the uterus isn't heavy enough to restrict blood flow yet. But once it does, you have to remember that if you're feeling the effects of it, then it's affecting your uterus as well. Yay, the joys of pregnancy, right? lol

Sara - posted on 01/05/2010

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Yes its normal. I am having my baby on feb 24th and I ask my doctor if it was normal and he said it is just the way the baby is sitting. Its uncomfortable..I know this for sure ..It happens to me all the time. But it doesnt last forever, which is definitly a good thing. But you have nothing to worry about because it is definitly 100% normal.

Cory - posted on 11/14/2009

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Yes! I've had the same issues! Especially when laying on my back. I asked my doctor about it and she said that it's most likely from the baby getting bigger and its weight laying on all of your organs like your lungs. Hopefully laying on your side will help, if not prop your self up a little bit with a pillow! Good luck!

Rachel - posted on 12/15/2009

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Yes. For all the reasons previously mentioned, but also, if you have asthma, pregnancy can exacerbate your symptoms. Normally my asthma is only exercise induced, but since being pregnant and suffering from decreased lung capacity, I have had a hard time breathing while walking up stairs and especially when lying down. The inhaler has helped SOOO much.

Christa - posted on 11/20/2009

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I sleep with a body pillow so I can almost lean on my belly (while on my side) as I sleep without actually putting pressure on my belly. It helps me. I also sleep with two pillows under my head so I'm elevated a bit. Just experiement with pillows and find whats comfortable for you. :-)

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Ricky - posted on 03/22/2013

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last night I coughed and then had trouble breathing. It took about two hours for it be okay and now it feels like there is something in the back of my throat.

Jennifer - posted on 12/19/2009

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make sure your laying on your left side and not on your back and that shold help the baby not sit on your organs and it safer for the baby as well.

Janis - posted on 11/21/2009

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You should always sleep on your left side...if you can help it. Sleeping on your left side helps with blood flow, digestion (which curbs heartburn) and some other helpful things. I have trouble breathing when I lay on my back and bend forward. I swear when I bend forward even sometimes just sitting up straight her head must get caught underneath my right rib cage and it actually hurts so that I have to lay back to unhinge her.

Shana - posted on 11/20/2009

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Try laying on your left side only. I also have a hard time laying on my right side sometimes (also 28 weeks) this is because your uterus is restricting blood flow to the Femoral artery on the right side of your body. This is similar to the restriction of blood flow that you get when you lay on your back. Isn't it great that you are only restricted to one side of your body!! I bought a nice pregnancy pillow to help with uncomfortability of laying on one side only. It has helped a lot.

Danielle - posted on 11/19/2009

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im sleeping on my right side i never could sleep on my back and i still cant breathe when i lay down.

Chelsea - posted on 11/16/2009

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im going through the same thing right now im 28 weeks and i cannot lay on my back because of that somedays it dosent even help if im on my side so i find that i have to make sort of a ramp with pillows to prop myself up and get comfy that way..

Myra - posted on 11/14/2009

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It can be normal. As long as your breathing problem seems to be from the baby pressing on your diaphragm or lungs, it's totally normal. There are a few tricks you can do to try to relieve some of that. First, lay on your side. If that doesn't help, give yourself a bit of an incline to lay on. The incline should help because gravity will help keep baby a little further down.

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