Answer: Practice Good Posture: Good posture will relieve shortness of breath. While sitting, keep your chest lifted and your shoulder placed back. This gives enough room for your lungs to expand. While sleeping, prop your body upwards using some pillows, to expand the space in your abdominal cavity, giving you relief. Also, if you are lying by side, use an extra pillow to elevate your head. Change Your Position: If you feel breathless by being in the same position for long, shift your position to breathe easily. Slow Down: Listen to your body’s signals and rest whenever you feel like relaxing. When you feel out of breath, try to relax. Just stop from what you are doing and take a few deep breaths until you start feeling better. Practice Breathing Exercises: Breathing exercises will help increase your lung capacity and offer more chest breathing Inhale deeply while raising your arms upwards and sides. Then exhale while bringing back your arms down on sides. Raise your head while inhaling and lower while exhaling. Take a longer breathe into your chest than your abdomen by placing your hands on the rib cage. Exercise: Lack of fitness can increase your breathlessness so try some light exercises, which will allow you t to hold a conversation without going out of breath. Your baby should also get enough oxygen while you exercise. Aerobic exercises in early pregnancy can improve your breathing and control pulse rate.
Answer: It is common to experience shortness of breath especially in the third trimester and also in the early pregnancy. • Your growing baby and expanding uterus push the diaphragm (the muscle that lies under the ribcage), restricting the amount of space for your lungs and making it hard for them to expand. • It will, therefore, make you to breathe faster, as if you have just run a marathon. It is quite normal and completely harmless to you and your fetus. • You will feel short of breath during the final trimester especially when you are carrying the fetus high or there is excess amniotic fluid. • You may also go out of breath when you take stairs, carry heavy weights or have gained weight unusually during pregnancy. Caution: If you have breathlessness along with heart burn, racing pulse, palpitations or cold fingers and toes, it could indicate a serious complication of heart or lungs. You should immediately check with your doctor.