Pregnancy Concerns

Shortness of Breath

Common during months:

 

1

 

 

2

 

 

3

 

 

4

 

 

5

 

 

6

 

 

7

 

 

8

 

 

9

 

Why This Happens

Your need for oxygen increases during pregnancy, but your uterus expands restricting the amount of oxygen you can take in with each breath.

Some Women Have Tried...

  • Do deep abdominal breathing, trying to get the most oxygen possible with each breath.
  • Change your position, you may find that upright positions give you more room to breathe.
  • Slow down or reduce your activity level, give your body a chance to catch up.
  • Sleep with extra pillows to maintain a position that allows you to breathe easily.
  • Avoid eating large meals. Instead eat smaller meals and snacks more frequently.