In the first few weeks of pregnancy, a normal increase in the hormone progesterone causes you to breathe more often. This can look and feel like shortness of breath. This hormone expands your lung capacity, allowing your blood to carry large quantities of oxygen to your baby.
How early in pregnancy does shortness of breath start?
Around the 31st to 34th week of pregnancy, your uterus presses on your diaphragm, making it more difficult for your lungs to fully expand. This can cause shallow breathing and breathlessness.
Is shortness of breath common in pregnancy?
It’s quite common for expectant women to be short of breath. Usually it’s nothing to be concerned about, but it’s best to check with your doctor, since lots of things can cause shortness of breath.
Is shortness of breath in early pregnancy a sign of twins?
When carrying twins or multiples, you are also at a greater risk of certain pregnancy complications, including: Anaemia. Symptoms of iron deficiency including fatigue, shortness of breath, heart palpitations and pale skin.
Why do I feel out of breath while pregnant?
High progesterone levels cause pregnant women to breathe faster. The rise in progesterone begins early in pregnancy, and the shortness of breath it causes can come as a surprise. While shortness of breath can be worrisome, most of the time it is harmless and due to the normal changes of pregnancy.
Do you feel heaviness in early pregnancy?
This is normal pain and should be expected in a healthy pregnancy. You may also feel ‘full’ or ‘heavy’ around your uterus, and actually it’s not uncommon to hear that in early pregnancy some women describe feeling like they were about to start their period any minute.
How do I know if my baby is getting enough oxygen in the womb?
If the oxygen deprivation occurred throughout the delivery process, the baby may be blue at birth, have no breath sounds, no cry, poor muscle tone or a low heart rate. The baby’s APGAR score may be low and arterial blood gas testing may show a low pH (ie: When should I worry about shortness of breath?
When to see a doctor
You should also see a doctor if you notice shortness of breath becoming more severe. And if at any time your shortness of breath is accompanied by severe symptoms such as confusion, chest or jaw pain, or pain down your arm, call 911 right away.
Why is it hard to breathe when I lay down while pregnant?
Shortness of breath and trouble breathing while lying down may be caused by the growing uterus. Palpitations may occur because the diaphragm shifts up in the chest during pregnancy. This causes the heart to sit higher in the chest.
Can I have twins if there is no family history?
Since embryo splitting is a random spontaneous event that happens by chance, it doesn’t run in families. Genes are not involved and there’s no scientific evidence that being from a family with identical multiples has any impact on your odds of having twins. The same is not true for fraternal twins.