Why am I short of breath?
By Craig L. Bissinger
Madison Lakeview
Shortness of breath is an annoyance but a healthy sign in most pregnancies.

In fact, it is a misnomer to call the sensation you’re probably experiencing shortness of breath. When I ask patients to clarify their symptom, most describe it as needing to take a big sigh, like they can’t quite get a full breath. We call it “air hunger.” It occurs due to the increased amount of hormones circulating in the blood during pregnancy. This sensation tends to wax and wane throughout the pregnancy.

That said, you should contact your doctor if you are:
  • Experiencing shortness of breath with minimal activity or exercise;
  • Feeling very fatigued;
  • Experiencing significant swelling in your hands or feet and are fatigued.