Breathlessness during the eighth month of
pregnancy means feeling a loss of breath. Find out the causes behind
breathlessness and whether it affects the health of your baby.
Breathlessness during the eighth month of pregnancy is
considered to be quite natural. Whether you are moving around the house, or
doing your regular activity, you will find yourself feeling a loss of breath
quite often. You will notice that your breathing is becoming more rapid and
shallow. There is nothing to fear about this, rather let us see why this
Reasons for Breathlessness
You breathe through your lungs and as the baby
grow in size; your uterus also gets expanded accordingly. Now, as the uterus
expands, it pushes against the diaphragm. This pressure builds up from
underneath the diaphragm and results in a compression of the lungs. This
compression makes you breathe in more air and frequently, resulting in breathlessness;
which also gets aggravated if you are involved in any activity that requires
more oxygen supply.
There is nothing to panic or get worried about your health
or your baby. This symptom is natural and will not harm your baby in any way.
The point here is that, if you are carrying twins, or you are overweight, you
will have more troubles due to breathlessness. Though this is a natural symptom
as said earlier in the eighth month of pregnancy,
it is advisable to maintain the desired ideal weight before you get pregnant
and also during the early stages of pregnancy through proper workouts. This
will give you the stamina to deal with the symptom more effectively.
There can be another reason to breathlessness. If the mother
is suffering from low iron
content or anemia, breathlessness gets further aggravated. The reason being,
the metabolic rate gets even more stressed as it must meet the requirements for
you and your baby at a faster pace. The extra effort put in by your body
requires more oxygen and thus the frequent rapid breathing.
Asthma can be another cause behind breathlessness. This can
be determined by your doctor after a thorough diagnosis and checkup.
Appropriate medications can help you deal with the symptom.
Points to Be Careful
Although breathlessness is normal at this stage, however, if
you notice any of the following symptoms associated with breathlessness, you
must immediately report to your doctor –
discomfort or pain in your chest
sweating in the fingers and toes
Ways to Cope with and
Let us have a look at some of the ways to prevent
breathlessness during pregnancy.
Check your Diet -
You need to carefully control your weight gain during your pregnancy term.
Start right from the moment you decide to conceive. Maintain your fitness and
your ideal weight. This can be easily done with regular workouts and healthy
and balanced diet. Food items that are high in empty calories, like those that
are fatty, salty and high in sugar content will not have any nutritive value
but add on to your weight. So these must be avoided at all costs.
Avoid Dehydration –
Breathlessness can easily result in dehydration. So you must make sure that you
are taking in a lot of fluids throughout the day. Drink plenty of water and
fruit juices. Be careful that you are not opting for aerated drinks to quench
your thirst. Also you must avoid or reduce your caffeine intake as it
aggravates dehydration as you will be prone to pass urine recurrently.
Ensure Intake of Essential
Supplements – These can be in the form of medicines, if suggested by your
doctor or you must ensure that your regular diet has adequate amounts of the
vital minerals like iron and vitamin C. Leafy green veggies, lean meat and all
dark coloured berries should be a part of your diet. You can also opt for a
multivitamin supplement or liquid iron supplement as necessary.
– You must regularly exercise in order to keep yourself fit. But note, you must
seek the advice of your doctor and perform your training under a certified
fitness expert only. Do not exercise if your doctor advises against it.
Breathlessness can be effectively reduced and countered with
and several other breathing exercises. These help to rejuvenate the body,
freshen up the lungs and keep you feeling better and energised.