Feeling short of breath or breathless during pregnancy is a common pregnancy symptom. It is easy to see why a pregnant woman may feel short of breath during the later stages of pregnancy, but I was surprised to be feeling breathless so early on in my pregnancy.
According to a study conducted by the Kaplan Medical Centre 60-70% of pregnant women were found to be experiencing shortness of breath. The medical term for shortness of breath is Dyspnea.
You are a few weeks into your first trimester of pregnancy. All of a sudden you feel like you are having some sort of breathing problems. Like you are short of breath. A feeling similar to when you have been doing cardio exercises and really need to breath deeply to fill your lungs to provide your body with the oxygen it needs.
Feeling short of breath during pregnancy is also common during the late second trimester and during the third trimester. At a more progressed stage of pregnancy, breathlessness is common due to the growth and size of your baby.
The feeling of shortness of breath in the earlier stages of pregnancy is more due to you getting used to your new lung capacity and having to breath faster. You feel like you are not getting enough breath because you are no longer filling the requirements of your lungs completely.
Please remember that I am not a medical professional. I am speaking from my own experiences.
Always contact your doctor for a fully qualified medical opinion. If you are experiencing severe shortness of breath, do not delay seeking a medical opinion.