Pregnancy Symptoms & Complaints: Shortness of Breath

It can be harder to breathe and catch your breath during pregnancy. Find out what causes it and how to feel better.

What causes shortness of breath in pregnancy?

Many women feel breathless during pregnancy- and that's not only from the excitement of creating a new life. In the first trimester, increased levels of progesterone may make breathing a bit difficult at times as your body adjusts to new hormonal levels. In the third trimester, your lungs and diaphragm suffer a space crunch as your uterus expands upward, making it harder to take a deep breath.

What relieves shortness of breath in pregnancy?

Give yourself and your lungs as much breathing room as possible- stand up straight, sit up tall, and sleep propped up on pillows to expand the space in your abdominal cavity. When you feel breathless, slow down- rushing makes your heart and lungs work harder. And finally, don't worry too much about your shortness of breath- both you and your baby are getting enough oxygen to stay healthy.

Shortness of Breath During Pregnancy: When to Worry
Shortness of Breath During Pregnancy: When to Worry

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