So I am 24 weeks now and I have a doctors appointment on Tuesday so I am planning on bringing this up to my doc too.. But lately when I am laying down through out the day and at night.. At some points I feel like I cannot breath. I feel like something has literally knocked the wind out of me. I feel like I am struggling to catch my breath and then it goes away after awhile. And then sometimes it happens just from walking up the stairs from the basement. The reason I feel concern for this is I have never had this happen to me before. I also feel like I can feel everything in my chest. The best way I can describe that feeling is its like the baby is in my heart kicking. But I know shes not because I feel her in my mid tummy still. Its just kinda been bothering me. If this is something other people have experianced or if there may be something wrong with me that I need to have checked out.

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Jun. 1, 2008 at 8:33 PM

It's probably just the weight of the baby and the placenta putting pressure on the diaphragm.  It makes it very hard to breathe.  It can be worsened by lying flat on your back.  Try lying down on your left side (to also relieve the pressure from your inferior vena cava...which can disturb circulation to you and your baby).  It can also be hard to breathe when you are doing strenuos activities because once again your diaphragm has something pressing on it and your lungs cannot expand as fully as they could pre-pregnancy.  Difficulty breathing is a normal thing that happens during pregnancy, especially when the baby gets bigger.  Just take frequent rest periods and try not to panic because it will make it worse.  Take care!

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Jun. 1, 2008 at 8:37 PM  A lot of times it is the position of the baby. But, with my third pregnancy, I had shortness of breath and my OB sent me to the pulmonologist. Come to find out the OB's office hemoglobin machine was off and I had really low iron. When you are anemic the oxygen in the blood gets low and you have shortness of breath. So they just changed my vitamin and gave me a few iron shots. Baby and I were fine and I felt a lot better.

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Jun. 1, 2008 at 8:46 PM I dunno. Is this your first pregnancy?...cuz if it is not and this has not happened in other pregnancies, then yeah, I would definitely talk to the doctor. For me, with my son, laying on my back was a no-no from around 24 weeks, because I felt like someone was sitting on my chest and I had trouble breathing. And climbing stairs was no fun.....I would  always get winded. I would get winded just trying to turn over and get comfy in bed!  I took it as being the baby pushing against things (I didn't gain any weight during the pregnancy anywhere other than my stomach and the 20 lbs of fluid at the end that were a result of my preeclampsia). Everything is compacted against the expanding uterus, so being short of breath is something I thought was just another symptom of pregnancy. And yes, there were times I wondered how the baby could be kicking up that high in my chest without kicking something WE needed to live! I totally feel your pain- but believe me....your heart is in no danger. Of course I asked my doctor anytime I had a concern...Like when at 7.5 months (30 weeks) I awoke to find that I had slept on my stomach and my baby was not moving. I called the hospital and they told me about the whole movements per hour thing....and after a while he woke up and got busy moving again. Doctor said sleeping on my stomach would not hurt the baby, but most women found it uncomfortable, so they didn't do it. Lol....everyone was amazed at how I did it that far along.....what can I say...on my tummy was the only position I could sleep in before the pregnancy. And I wasn't very big.....up until almost the very end, certain outfits easily disguised my tummy and my niece told me one day " You don't look pregnant! How far along are you again?" I think (like I did) you are worrying a lot.....but CERTAINLY ask your doctor! Goodness knows I called mine enough!

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Jun. 2, 2008 at 8:58 AM

i had the same problem.. The doctor ended up telling me that it was the baby pushing on my diapharam and man.. I thought I was like going to die sometimes..  So yeah I would still mention it to your doc.. But I am pretty sure that is what is going on.. Anyways Miss you and love you!

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