21 weeks pregnant..difficulty in breathing,what to do?

since i got pregnant,most of the time i really had a difficulty in breathing and it seems like im always grasping for air…

any idea what to do to lessen it?i think its because of my bump..im not really comfortable about it.

i cant ask my OB since i lost her number and the next visit with her will be this sept. 4.

Thanks in advance!

P.S and how far along are you when your baby turned head down?my bub is in breech position and im worried to be C/s though.

Breathlessness early on in your pregnancy is generally a result of increased levels of the hormone progesterone which will cause you to breathe more often. Progesterone increases your lung capacity allowing your blood to transport more oxygen.

Breathlessness in the third trimester is caused by the now much bigger uterus taking up more space in your stomach – which pushes your other organs and reduces the amount of space which your lungs have to expand when you breathe in.

From around weeks 31 to 34 of your pregnancy your uterus will start to press on your diaphragm – which is the flat muscle that moves up and down when you breathe. These changes may make it hard for your lungs to fully expand. This may cause more shallow breathing, and you may feel short of breath.

You may notice that your breathlessness diminishes during the last week or two of your pregnancy as your baby drops and enters the birth canal and starts preparing for birth.
Shortness of Breath: What You Can Do

Sit or stand up straight
Slow down. Moving slower places less workload on your lungs and heart
Sleeping propped up will place less pressure on your lungs.

Warning Signs

Call your health care provider right away if you have any of these symptoms:

A rapid pulse
Heart palpitations (your heart beats fast and strongly)
Feeling dizzy or faint
Chest pain
Blueness around the lips, fingers or toes
A cough that wont get bette go away
Coughing up blood
Fever or chills
Worsening asthma

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  1. mj Said,

    Doctor
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  2. Chelsia(¯`v´¯) Said,

    ER now!
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  3. Mrs. Cullen Said,

    don’t worry about c section the baby had plenty of time to turn, call about the breathing though, the dr may be able to help give suggestions
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  4. ekouris25 Said,

    your difficult breathing is due to the little one pushing against your diaphram.
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  5. K-l33 Said,

    the doctor
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  6. DRE Said,

    Try to avoid laying on your back…lay on your side or sit up while you sleep, this will help!
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  7. ? Said,

    see a doctor!
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  8. Emi B Said,

    go to er in case
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  9. curious Said,

    You only 21 weeks, the baby has plenty of time to turn head down, that normally doesn’t happen until 34+ weeks.

    As for the hard time breathing, thats normal.
    I had/have the same problem, its just because your uterus is getting really big and pushing everything up, making it harder to breathe.
    You can’t really do anything about, just try and take it easy.
    Congrats
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  10. lynzeej24 Said,

    Ok, relax, make sure when you feel short of breath or yourself gasping lay down on your left side. that gets your blood circulating and your air more oxygenated. your only 21 weeks. your baby is no position yet, that usually does not happen until 36 weeks to 40 weeks.
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  11. lovelychick Said,

    please go to the emergency room and get this checked out.
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  12. Billy Bob J Said,

    whatever you do, do not e stressed if you start having serious trouble in breathing contact your pregnancty doc. Congradulations on your baby.
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    me 11

  13. momof2kiddos Said,

    Breathlessness early on in your pregnancy is generally a result of increased levels of the hormone progesterone which will cause you to breathe more often. Progesterone increases your lung capacity allowing your blood to transport more oxygen.

    Breathlessness in the third trimester is caused by the now much bigger uterus taking up more space in your stomach – which pushes your other organs and reduces the amount of space which your lungs have to expand when you breathe in.

    From around weeks 31 to 34 of your pregnancy your uterus will start to press on your diaphragm – which is the flat muscle that moves up and down when you breathe. These changes may make it hard for your lungs to fully expand. This may cause more shallow breathing, and you may feel short of breath.

    You may notice that your breathlessness diminishes during the last week or two of your pregnancy as your baby drops and enters the birth canal and starts preparing for birth.
    Shortness of Breath: What You Can Do

    Sit or stand up straight
    Slow down. Moving slower places less workload on your lungs and heart
    Sleeping propped up will place less pressure on your lungs.

    Warning Signs

    Call your health care provider right away if you have any of these symptoms:

    A rapid pulse
    Heart palpitations (your heart beats fast and strongly)
    Feeling dizzy or faint
    Chest pain
    Blueness around the lips, fingers or toes
    A cough that wont get bette go away
    Coughing up blood
    Fever or chills
    Worsening asthma
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  14. Face T Said,

    Find the number (or go in person) to make an appointment.

    Depending on how bad it is, difficulty in breathing can be an issue for you as well as the baby. You may need oxygen / oxygen therapy from time to time if it is really bad. During pregnancy, being out of breath sometimes is normal (as the baby gets bigger and starts pushing against the lunchs).

    The baby doesn’t really come in delivery position till 32 weeks or after (it is mostly in breech position before and moves around quite a bit). Our son was in the normal delivery position at week 36.

    Good luck.

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  15. Kristin A Said,

    Yes breathing should be a little difficult because the sac is pushing everything into your ribs but you shouldn’t be gasping for air and especially if the baby is already in place.
    Oh and have you ever tried looking in the yellow pages for your dr’s number and you obviously have access to the internet! Hello!
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  16. Alley B Said,

    If its hot where you are, try investing in an air conditioner. Cooler air is easier to breathe. Less activity: less labored breath. So, the lazier, the better! I think all pregnant women have a hard time breathing in the late stages of pregnancy. There’s just less room in your body for your lungs to expand. Also, try different positions, such as laying on the sofa on your side. Try not too get too full either, that wouldn’t help. As for the breech thing. I didn’t even notice when my son turned. But gentle exercise would maybe help.
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    Mommy of three years!

  17. **28 wks with baby girl # 1** Said,

    I understand about the difficulty with breathing. I’m 28 weeks and it’s extremely difficult, it gets much worse. As for the baby’s position, you have lots and lots of time for baby to move, baby might end up moving more than once before gettn’ into position.
    good luck
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