7 secrets to help you fight shortness of breath during pregnancy
It’s been a few days since you discovered your pregnancy, but already you’re out of breath after the slightest effort. Do not panic ! Here are the reasons for this shortness of breath during pregnancy.
1) When can you feel short of breath ?
Throughout pregnancy, especially during your 3rd trimester
2) What could be the cause ?
- The expansion of the uterus that makes your lungs work less
- The level of hormones in your body increases to help you breathe more so that air (oxygen) can reach the baby normally through the placenta
- Other causes could be: anemia (caused by a reduced amount of iron in your blood), asthma, and heart and lung complications. If you experience any of them talk to your doctor for proper follow-up.
3) Does shortness of breath hurt your baby ?
No, because the placenta provides enough oxygen to the baby in the womb
4) When does the shortness of breath stop ?
For mothers who become pregnant for the first time, it stops after 36 weeks and for others until your baby is born.
5) What are the tips to manage ?
- Change your position when you start to feel uncomfortable.
- Slow down if you are doing an activity because it simply means that you have exceeded your limit.
- Try to do breathing exercises:
* Get up
* Breathe deeply while raising your hand outward
* Breathe slowly while lowering your hand
- Practice breathing for work: slow, deep and relaxed
- Do regular exercises to help you breathe better
- Adopt a good sleep and sitting position: sit on a chair straight, chest up the shoulder backwards, lie down semi-inclined, use a pillow to help lift the head. When you have severe shortness of breath with chest pain and rapid breathing, tell your doctor immediately.
6) How is it prevent ?
- Stay hydrated: Drink enough water 6 to 8 glasses. Avoid tea, coffee, soda and alcohol.
- Eat healthy foods containing vitamin C like beans, iron-rich foods like red meat, green leaves. Reduce the level of salty, sweet and fatty foods you consume.Read