In your eighth and ninth month of pregnancy you're probably getting short of breath from time to time, or even...
In your eighth and ninth month of pregnancy you're probably getting short of breath from time to time, or even often. You may have concerns about this - if you're having trouble breathing, is your baby? What shortness of breath really is: Technically, if you're short of breath, you're still getting sufficient oxygen, your respiratory system is just being taxed due to your uterus pressing against your diaphragm which crowds your lungs. This can make you feel short of breath or make you feel like you need to breath deeper to get the same amount of oxygen. In reality, you are getting plenty of oxygen though, even though it doesn't feel like it, and so is your baby. During pregnancy your body changes in such a way that it allows you to take in more oxygen than usual. When to worry for real: If you can't breathe well - i.e. really feel like you're not getting enough oxygen. If your skin or lips turn bluish. If you have chest pain. These are all breathing concerns that aren't normal and should be addressed by your midwife or doctor. What helps: While shortness of breath doesn't mean you're out of air, it can still be uncomfortable. It helps if you relax and have good posture. Don't slump in your chair and you may even want to sleep slightly sitting up. What helps the most is if you one, carry low, which some women do, and two, when your baby drops and decreases pressure on your diaphragm.

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