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#1 of 5 Old 11-01-2005, 10:35 PM - Thread Starter
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Ok, so I'm 9 days from my due date... and when I have contractions - they literally take my breath away - as in, I can barely breathe. I NEVER had this with Emma. I told my Dr. that my contractions make me "short of breath," he says it's normal... but I dunno. It doesn't SEEM normal to barely be able to breathe... and I can't find anything about it on Google.

Anybody else have this?
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I had another little episode of this... while I was sleeping. Woke up... was unable to breathe until I sat up straight, and even then had to struggle to breathe properly. I also had chest discomfort, chest tightness, and palpitations. It was actually kinda scary, and I am not the nervous type. And as soon as the contraction is over, I can breathe just fine with no after effects.

Every contraction brings this, but contractions when I lay down are pure torture because breathing is nearly imposible laying down.

Guess it's time to call the OBGYN tomorrow morning. I'm not thrilled about this, quite nervous... I dunno how I can have a normal L&D if I cannot breathe...
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I'd ring. I don't know what's going on, but that sounds a little extreme- hopefully there's an obscure and slightly silly reason for it.
Have you tried propping yourself up on LOTS of pillows?

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MrsMoe, I get shortness of breath when I have ctx and the baby isn't down low. I focus on slow sustained breathing. Deep breath in, s-l-o-w breath out. It could just be that your babe hasn't engaged fully yet. I wouldn't worry too much about L&D because most likely when labor starts your baby will fully engage and then you'll have more room to breathe.

Certainly call your care provider if you feel it's very abnormal or you have warning bells going off in your head.

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I am only 34 weeks but when I get bx I also get shortness of breath. There are also times when I am laying in bed, and I roll the wrong way or something and I lose my breath and my heart speeds up, once I sit up and catch my breath everything is fine. The same thing happened with my last pregnancy so I am not worried.
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