|I keep having a feeling that I can’t breathe and it
makes me panic. What can I do about it?
It all comes down to a question of space! It gets pretty
crowded in that body of yours as you host this other person.
So the feeling of breathlessness is caused by the pressure
of the growing uterus pushing against your lungs. Actually
your lungs are coping better than you realise and your lung
capacity is keeping pace with the increasing demands of
your enlarging body. So, although you may feel as though
you aren’t getting enough oxygen, your oxygen intake
has probably increased. Do not let this breathless feeling
put you off taking some gentle exercise, as this still has
great benefit. However it is vital that you do not over
exercise, so be sensible and listen to the message of your
body. It is also a call for good posture, as this will improve
your breathing. Experiment with an extra pillow if you are
breathless at night.
During the last month of pregnancy, even though the baby
continues to grow, your uterus may drop (move down into
the pelvis in preparation for birth) and this can provide
enormous relief. If you are not experiencing this problem,
don’t worry: it is probably due to the way you are
carrying the baby.
What is not normal is if you have other symptoms such as
blue extremities or lips. If your chest hurts and your heart
is pounding then you should contact your doctor immediately.