Post # 1
I’m 14 weeks tomorrow and have been getting so out of breath lately! I’ll climb the stairs and am totally winded by the time I get to the top. Other times I just feel like I can’t get a good normal deep breath in and I feel like I’m sort of gasping. This is really weird and I’ve never felt this way before. I’m in good shape and have no history of asthma or anything.
Just wondering if this is some sort of side effect of being pregnant? For those of you who are or who have been pregnant, did you ever experience this?
Post # 3
I’ve been getting this a lot, especially lately. I can only do things for so long, even simple things like vacuuming before I need to sit down and take a break. Otherwise, if I don’t I get all woozy feeling like I’m going to pass out.
Post # 4
I had that problem with my daughter. I even ended up needing an inhaler for it! (Who would’ve thunk it?) It SUCKED. of course, I was also further along in the pregnancy (2nd & 3rd Trimester) when it happened, too.
hope it gets better for you! If it’s really a problem, talk to your ob-gyn. They should be able to give you a prescription for it (mine was ok to use if pregnant, I even double checked with the pharmacist when I got mine filled, lol).
The only thing I was told, and could figure, was it’s because of the way everything is expanding and “shifting”.
Since I was so far along, I figured it was because she enjoyed killing my ribs, lol! and I thought the “kick the bladder” game was bad enough… sheesh.
Post # 5
I started getting shortness of breath within the first trimester, and it turns out I had asthma! I had it as a child but for some reason it came back with pregnancy. Luckily it went away within 2 weeks and now my baby is 4 weeks old and no more huffing and puffing when I walk up stairs, yay!
Post # 6
Yes! I was amazed at how fast my athletic ability disappeared and I became short of breath. It has stayed with me throughout my pregnancy.
Post # 7
Yes, I have had this too. My doctor said that it has to do with the way your lungs now have to expand since there is less space in there due to your growing uterus and baby.
Post # 8
Also, you experience an increase in blood volume in the first trimester and then again in the third trimester. This means your heart has to work harder for a period of time until it adjusts to the change in fluid volume. This can make you feel a little winded.
Post # 9
Ye, I’m 9wks and when I get to the top of the stairs, I sound like I’ve ran a marathon.
Post # 10
Whew thank god! I thought there was seriously something wrong with me! Thanks ladies:)
Post # 11
Yup, I had this during my first trimester. It wasn’t as bad or I was just more used to it during my second trimester but yeah as soon as I’d walk up a hill or stairs I was winded. I feel silly talking on the phone now because I’m usually moving around and so now I’m all self conscious about breathing hard so I put the person on speaker phone most of the time now.
Post # 12
I remember Mrs. DG posting something about this. She gave a medical explanation of why it happened, but I can’t remember it and it was quite awhile ago so I have no idea what thread it was on. But basically, it’s normal 🙂
Post # 13
@JoesWifey: Oh I just might need to find that thread because now I’m curious!
Post # 14
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Yes, side effect. Yes, increase in blood volume. Yes, can also be that your lungs are compressed – not enough space for them (or your diaphragm) to fully expand!