During the third trimester of pregnancy, the problem of shortness of breath increases in its frequency and intensity in the midst of uterine dilation limiting the possibility of dilating the lungs with each new breath. To compensate for the lack of breathing space pressed on the underside of the lungs, pregnancy hormones encourage you to breathe more often and more efficiently by providing you and your baby with enough oxygen. Try these 7 tips to relieve dyspnea during the third trimester of pregnancy.
As soon as you feel out of breath, change your position to breathe easier.
When you feel short of breath during pregnancy, try listening to your body and what it is telling you. If you overdo the activities, slow down.
Breathing exercises can expand your chest and expand lung breathing (deep abdominal breathing obviously becomes difficult due to uterine growth). Try the following steps to ease dyspnea during pregnancy.
First, get up because it will release some of the pressure on your diaphragm. Then take a deep breath raising your arms from your hips up. Exhale slowly, lowering your arms back. Raise and lower your head, inhaling and exhaling. To make sure you breathe more through your lungs than your abdomen, check for chest expansion by resting your hand on your ribs. Let the ribs push your hand away as you breathe deeply. Focus on what deep lung breathing creates so that you can switch to chest breathing every time you experience difficulty breathing.
Practice slow, deep, relaxed breathing rather than shallow exhalation. (The way you breathe during childbirth depends on the method you follow.)
You can start aerobic exercise in early pregnancy, which improves the efficiency of the respiratory and circulatory systems.
Find a position that makes your breathing easier. If you sit in the correct position on a flat seat, with your chest raised and your shoulders back, your lungs will breathe easier than if you sit relaxed in an armchair. Sleep in a semi-lying position, support yourself with pillows. Try to raise your head with an extra pillow while sleeping in a sideways position.
If you experience sudden and severe loss of breath accompanied by chest pain, rapid breathing or rapid pulse, severe chest pain while breathing deeply, seek medical attention immediately. This may be a sign that a blood clot has formed and settled in the lungs – a rare but serious problem.
Dr. Bill Sears – Ask dr. Sears
Translated and adapted by: LR