Post # 1
ETA: So sorry….this should have gone under “pregnancy!!”
ETA #2: Thanks for the super-fast fix!!!!
Is anyone else having shortness of breath? The doctor assured me that she is just taking up room where my lungs used to be. But it is really tough to deal with. Any tips for some relief? Or am I really stuck having to sit down and recover for 10 minutes after a trip up and down the stairs??
I am 30 weeks.
Post # 3
I have to take breaks ON the stairs… I don’t have any tips for you; just commiserating.
Post # 4
You may get a break if/when the baby drops. One thing that made me feel a little better if only for a little while (and probably not while climbing stairs) is to get down on my hands and knees so that my belly hung away from all my other parts. It just felt nice to do every now and then.
Post # 5
I have this problem sometimes too. I try to sit straighter and spread myself out, haha. I have no tips. Stairs are awful. I always have to bring patients upstairs when I’m doing an intake at work, and show them around, and from like ~20, 25 weeks, I’ve found myself panting by the time we get up there and it’s so embarassing. No real tips, but you’re not alone!
Post # 6
I have the same problem, it’s either my lungs, ribs or sternum that are aching. But I have experienced the shortness of breath, it was actually scary the first time it happened and I couldn’t breathe. I have found that some of the prenatal yoga stretches help elongate my torso so that there is a little room.
My favorite stretch is to sit cross-legged on the floor with a rolled blanket under my butt so I’m slightly elevated. Then put your hands up in the air, interlock your fingers and push them up. It creates a lot of space. I hold it for about ten seconds and repeat until I feel stretched out, make sure you do deep breathing while stretching too, it really helps!
Post # 7
@candicemcc: This helped me a lot when I was PG, and if you can’t get down on all fours (at work, in public, etc), just try sitting and lean forward on your desk/a wall while arching your back so that gravity pulls on your belly a bit and takes some of the pressure off your lungs. Also, sitting with your legs open wider will give the belly more room to sink away from you.