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So last night I woke up from a sound sleep short of breath and feeling like I wasn't getting enough oxygen. It left me feeling a little panicky and seeing as I am carrying really high plus the fact that i'm only 5'3" I am not suprised by this. I was just wondering who all experienced it and what you did to give yourself relief or to feel better.
I have read the article on justmommies that says to rest but I was sleeping so I was resting and not over exerting myself to cause the shortness of breath. Any tips of wisdom are greatly appreciated. Thanks!
I haven't experienced it while sleeping, but have while just sitting around. I always just assumed that the baby was in a weird position and pushing up. If you are really concerned I would just talk to your dr. but other than that what works for me is deep breathing exercises.
Stephanie: mommy to Kaedilyn 8/31/05, Liam 12/20/06, 8/08, Ryan 9/28/09, and peanut due 2/4/15
thanks girls! The problem is that it's not just when I am sleeping - that was just how I noticed it coming about the other night. We ended up putting a cold water bottle on my diaphragm and using cocoa butter cream to massage her down a little. I'm 5'3" and she's high, head down and sitting right on it.
It doesn't go away immediately but we keep the house cool plus a cold rag and an ice pack near my diaphragm for a min or two usually helps to move her down so I can get some relief. It's not constantly being short of breath but it's pretty often and very noticeable. I've read it's very common but man! it's not fun! I had a friend who is an asthmatic tell me to sing the "Mockingbird song" to help steady my breathing. She uses that when she forgets her inhaler and has shortness of breath. Supposedly that is a little trick one can use.