Difficulty breathing and Rib Discomfort during pregnancy

 

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Shortness of Breath and Rib Pain in Pregnancy Shortness of Breath. Dyspnea is the medical term for shortness of breath or breathlessness, and it’s a very common Symptoms. When you’re short of breath, it may feel like it’s hard to breathe or as though you’re breathing heavy. Causes. You can feel.

The heart working harder during pregnancy may cause shortness of breath. Pregnant women may experience more noticeable shortness of breath in the second trimester. The growing uterus commonly. Changes in your body and hormones during pregnancy are responsible for a lot of different symptoms. Two common complaints are shortness of breath and rib pain.

Here’s what you need to know about the causes and treatments of these discomforts of pregnancy plus how to cope with them, and when to call the doctor. Many women experience shortness of breath during pregnancy, and it’s usually not a problem. However, there are a few instances in which you should seek medical care. If you have a rapid pulse, heart palpitations, chest pain, a persistent cough, fever, chills or feel dizzy, it’s a good idea to call your health care provider.

Around the 31st to 34th week of pregnancy, your uterus presses on your diaphragm, making it more difficult for your lungs to fully expand. This can cause shallow breathing and breathlessness. You.

Heartburn is a possible cause of chest pain. Many women experience pain or discomfort during pregnancy, and some of these sensations can. Most chest pain in pregnancy is benign, but if something doesn’t feel right, call your doctor—especially if you experience pain without warning or if it’s severe. Sudden, sharp chest pain as you breathe, accompanied by shortness of breath and nausea, can be a sign of a blood clot to the lung.

Persistent pain in your upper belly or shoulder, especially under the ribs on your right side COVID-19 exposure or symptoms. These may include fever, cough, and shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, and the loss of taste or smell. Flu exposure or symptoms. This type of abdominal pain, often called epigastric pain or upper right quadrant (URQ) pain, is usually under the ribs on the right side. It can be confused with heartburn, gallbladder problems, flu, indigestion or pain from the baby kicking.

Shortness of breath during pregnancy can also be aggravated by a preexisting condition, such as asthma, anemia, or high blood pressure. You may get some breathing relief a few weeks before you’re due, especially if it’s your first pregnancy, because this is when the baby often drops into your pelvis as labor approaches (called lightening).

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Intercostal neuralgia in pregnancy has been associated with pain and numbness in the ribs, abdomen, and back.

“Peripheral Nerve Entrapments: Clinical Diagnosis and Management” by Andrea M Trescot, MD, ABIPP, FIPP
from Peripheral Nerve Entrapments: Clinical Diagnosis and Management
by Andrea M Trescot, MD, ABIPP, FIPP
Springer International Publishing, 2016

Some women experience shortness of breath as early as the first or second trimester, which is usually the result of rising hormones triggering your body to breathe more deeply.

“The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth” by Genevieve Howland
from The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth
by Genevieve Howland
Gallery Books, 2017

Typical maternal symptoms during the third trimester include shortness of breath due to increased pressure of the growing fetus and uterus on the diaphragm.

“Encyclopedia of Women's Health” by Sana Loue, Martha Sajatovic
from Encyclopedia of Women’s Health
by Sana Loue, Martha Sajatovic
Springer US, 2004

Pain in back and lower ribs during pregnancy.

“Condensed Materia Medica” by Constantine Hering
from Condensed Materia Medica
by Constantine Hering
B. Jain, 1995

This crowding of the chest cavity causes an acute sensation of shortness of breath late in pregnancy, until lightening relieves the pressure.

“Maternal & Child Health Nursing: Care of the Childbearing & Childrearing Family” by Adele Pillitteri
from Maternal & Child Health Nursing: Care of the Childbearing & Childrearing Family
by Adele Pillitteri
Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2010

The ribs may be feeling the pressure of the baby and feel bruised (rib flare), which may also restrict breathing.

“Pregnancy and Childbirth E-Book: A holistic approach to massage and bodywork” by Suzanne Yates
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by Suzanne Yates
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2010

Mild breathlessness is normal, and many pregnant women experience it beginning in the second trimester.

“What to Expect When You're Expecting 4th Edition” by Heidi Murkoff, Sharon Mazel
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This normal symptom of pregnancy is sometimes difficult to differentiate from pathological breathlessness.

“Rennie & Roberton's Textbook of Neonatology E-Book” by Janet M. Rennie
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Depending on the degree of concavity in the anterior chest wall, the child’s symptoms may range from chest and back pain to cardiac and pulmonary compression, shortness of breath, diminished breath sounds at the bases, and poor posture (Hebra, 2009).

“Advanced Pediatric Assessment” by Ellen M. Chiocca
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by Ellen M. Chiocca
Lippincott William & Wilkins, 2010

Breathlessness is common in early pregnancy because the hormone progesterone affects the brain, causing pregnant women to breathe more deeply.

“The Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide” by Anthony L. Komaroff, Harvard Medical School
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by Anthony L. Komaroff, Harvard Medical School
Simon & Schuster, 1999

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  • Also anyone reading this, crying helps. Like, just a big ole good cry! Because you release endorphins that create a calm numbing state that helps ALOT with the breathlessness. I cried from being overwhelmed with worry and aggravation of shortness of breath and the slight fear deep down with being pregnant with Covid-19 out there and just the general anxieties that come with it. Just cry mamas!!! It’ll feel good I promise!!

  • I think a lot of pregnant women are told all their symptoms are normal parts of pregnancy, no matter what they are. I brought my heart complaints and SOB up to my doctor twice before I showed up at L&D at nearly 35 weeks pregnant. I got admitted to the cardiac ICU for afib, they had to have a L&D nurse in my room 24/7 to monitor the baby as I was on heparin, antiarrythmics, and betablockers. My resting HR was 160+, and BP 80/40. The medications had my babys HR at about 100-105.
    Ladies, you know your body best! I’d rather look like a dummy a million times over by being sent home from L&D after a thorough look over, than ignoring symptoms all together.