Shortness of Breath during pregnancy

In part because of the raised diaphragm from heightened pressure within the abdomen, and in part because of in- creased weight, shortness of breath is common in pregnancy, especially during the last two months. In many, particularly in those with first pregnancies, decided relief may occur a few weeks before confinement, when the summit of the uterus drops two or three inches as the baby’s head descends part way into the opening of the bony pelvis. If the shortness of breath interferes with sleep, the head and shoulders should be propped up by several pillows to a semi-sitting posture. To be safe, report shortness of breath which is more than slight to your doctor, especially if winded by a flight of stairs.