Breathing Problems During Pregnancy

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You’ll experience a variety of changes during pregnancy as your body adapts to accommodate your growing baby and prepares itself for childbirth.

Your lungs are no exception and during the course of your pregnancy, rising hormone levels will increase the amount of breaths you take and cause you to breathe more deeply.

As your baby develops, it’ll also take up more room – nudging internal organs like lungs out of the way and increasing the amount of stress they’re under.

Because of this, you’re likely to notice a range of changes, such as the tone of your voice, attacks of nasal congestion and breathlessness.

While these are experienced by most mums-to-be and are usually nothing to worry about, if you’re worried about any breathing problems you’ve been experiencing during the course of your pregnancy – it’s recommended that you speak to a doctor.

Our GPs can discuss your symptoms, identify likely causes and if needed, prescribe an effective treatment that’s safe for both you and your baby.

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What Causes Breathing Problems During Pregnancy?

Pregnancy hormones flood your body through the course of your maternity – prompting changes to accommodate your developing baby and getting it geared up for the forthcoming birth.

Unfortunately, this can also leave you more vulnerable to developing a range of breathing issues, including:
  • Shortness of breath
  • Respiratory tract infections (like colds and flu)
  • Nasal congestion

On the plus side, these problems will typically clear up of their own accord after you’ve given birth and your body begins to return to its pre-pregnancy state.

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Treating Breathing Problems During Pregnancy

There can be a variety of potential treatments for breathing problems you’re experiencing, which depend on the specific cause and how serious they are.

For instance, home remedies are usually recommended for clearing a stuffy nose and colds, while there’s a range of practical steps you can take to reduce shortness of breath.

If you’re experiencing any breathing issues while pregnant, get expert advice on effective treatments from one of our expert GPs now:

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