Lack of air during pregnancy

Pregnant women sometimes face an unusual phenomenon for themselves - like a sports person in general, but suddenly from the middle of pregnancy there was a feeling of air shortage from time to time. With what it can be connected?

During pregnancy, with any load, say, while climbing the stairs or washing the floors, the resulting temporary dyspnea is completely normal. Shortness of breath does not mean that your future child for some reason became worse supplied with oxygen. But! This state is always a signal that at the moment the forces are running out, and you need an urgent rest. If such dyspnea appears at rest, this must be reported at the next visit to the gynecologist.

The reasons for the sensation of lack of air

The growing uterus begins to press against the diaphragm with time, lifting it upwards. As a result, there is less room in the lungs for their complete spreading - there is shortness of breath.

This is one of the reasons. Another reason is that the growing fetus needs more and more oxygen, which it takes from the bowels of the mother.

In addition, lack of air can sometimes occur with various nervous disorders, stressful situations, emotional, hormonal changes in the body of a pregnant woman.

In some pregnant women due to lack of iron develops a mild form of anemia, because of what they are not able to withstand the previous physical exertion and therefore often suffer from a shortage of air.

Fortunately, the state of shortage of air passes approximately at the 38th week (when the head of the unborn child turns in the direction of the small pelvis), while the pressure on the diaphragm and the epigastric region weakens, it becomes easier to breathe. True, a new attack comes - pressure on the bladder increases, but it's already "another song".

How to deal with lack of air during pregnancy

In order to get enough oxygen in your lungs, you need to breathe a little faster and not as deep as usual. Daily it is necessary to perform respiratory and relaxing exercises, which help increase the amount of inhaled oxygen. If shortness of breath occurs at night, it is best to place an additional pillow under the upper body.

It is very useful to do swimming and yoga.


1. Raise your arms above your head and take a few deep breaths and exhalations. Make five times.

2. Inhale, counting to five. Then slowly exhale, counting to ten. Make 10 times.

3. Breathe into 4 accounts, hold your breath for 4 counts, exhale for 8 accounts (that is, the longest stage - exhale), hold your breath for 4 counts.