I have a lot of trouble breathing... is this normal?

Karla - posted on 10/21/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I am 31 weeks pregnant and I have recently been having extreme shortness of breath and heart palpatations. It wouldnt concern me if it were just upon exertion but I can be laying in bed doing nothing when it happens. My midwife seems to think everything is perfectly normal but it'll really starting to scare me. Is anyone else experiencing similar symptoms??

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Barbara - posted on 04/19/2015

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you could be anemic. really , eat high iron for a week and see how you feel .

Tammy - posted on 10/21/2009

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I did this with my biggest baby. He was a big guy and he took up a lot of room! Just keep making your concerns known to your ob/gyn. they can check your oxygen level pretty easily to relieve your fears. Good Luck, In my Prayers

Karla - posted on 10/21/2009

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Thanks everyone!! I feel much better to hear stories and to know that its not just me! Thanks again

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I had similar symptoms around that time with both pregnancies, but ALWAYS check with a doctor. midwifes are wonderful but some can be very biased about doctors. If it is worring you as much as it appears go for a checkup to settle your nerves. I was told its the baby pressing on my diaphram causing the shortness of breath with in turn effected my heart due to lack of oxygen. still went to the doc LOTS over it. can never be too safe when it comes to these things

Christa - posted on 10/21/2009

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once baby drops you will be like....whoa.....I can breathe easy again. Don't stress....if you are under medical care....trust them and don't worry.....enjoy!!

Elaine - posted on 10/21/2009

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Alot of People experience this when their pregnant . You need more oxygen during pregnancy, as you have more hormones, particularly progesterone it will directly effects your lungs and stimulates the respiratory center in your brain. As your breathing may change very little during pregnancy, the amount of air you take in with each breath increases significantly. Later on in pregnancy, as your uterus grows and puts pressure on your diaphragm, your breathing might feel more labored . Your breathing may get a little better towards the end because the baby will drop. this is what I was told by Midwifes and docters but if you feel unsure or that its just not normal I would definitely go get a secound opinion

Bobbi - posted on 10/21/2009

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I had shortness of breath closer to time also, but you should really discuss it with your doctor since you're worried and depending on how severe it is. It getts dificult because you have the baby growing and taking up more and more space and pushing against everything even your lungs, and if they are sitting up high than that could be causing it. Try switching positions when you're laying down, try not to lay on your back because thats usually when it's worse, try laying on your sides with a body pillo against ur stomach and between your legs. it should help.

MaryAnn - posted on 10/21/2009

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I would suggest getting a second opinion from a medical professional. I would get shortness of breath in my last trimester just because the baby was so big and putting presure on my lungs. You know your body best and if its got you freaked out, then definatly get it checked out. No harm in double checking.

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