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    Shortness of Breath
    An_246603 posted:
    I'm about 34 weeks and I've been having some symptoms of shortness of breath which is normal but I've been feeling it more frequently and recently I felt nausea and was real light headed and almost passed out. I didn't pass out though and ended up vomiting and felt better.

    Is this typical or should I call my doctor. I'm not sure if the light headed feeling came from the nausea or if it's related to something else.

    I was concerned about blood pressure and maybe being dehydrated so I checked my blood pressure on an automatic machine that you get from the pharmacy and I have sort of been around 96/58. Is that too low or is it normal and does that have something to do with me feeling lightheaded? I'm worried because I've been feeling it more frequently.
    DixieBrandon responded:
    I have the same everything that you do. It is normal to feel this way towards the end of your pregnancy. I am dizzy everyday with SOB and its getting to the point where it hurts to breath because it is so tight on my lungs. I also feel very light headed which I believe is from the heat. It is super hot in Michigan. Its been in the 100s. I dont think our pregnant bodies nor our babies like this and it makes us feel like crap. Anyways... I talked to my MW and she said it is common with all of the extra weight, blood and your heart is working so much harder. It is a very stressful time on your body, these last few weeks. Just remember, not much longer. If you feel too concerned, talk with your doc, but Im sure its just all of the stress on your body.
    scperdomo7 responded:
    Because a woman's circulatory system expands rapidly during pregnancy, blood pressure is likely to drop. Under normal circumstances, "normal" blood pressure readings should be around 120/80.

    Low blood pressure (or Hypotension) during pregnancy cause be caused by several different factors.
    • Dehydration
    • Expansion of the circulatory system
    • The release of certain hormones, which can expand the blood vessels
    • Anemia and hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) can also cause low blood pressure during pregnancy
    • Rising too quickly from a sitting or lying position
    Things you can do (besides discussing this with your OB) to help avoid these symptons:
    • Drink plenty of water!! (at least 64oz per day)
    • Eat small frequent meals/snacks to help prevent low blood sugar
    • Mild exercise, like walking, can help improve circulation and help prevent low blood pressure
    • Rise slowly and carefully after you've been sitting or lying for extended periods of time.
    I would still bring it up to your doc, just in case there could be a more serious issue.
    Robert O Atlas, MD responded:
    You have received very good advice from the other two respondants. I specifically applaud the second individual because it is quite extensive answer.

    I always worry about an individual who is short of breath. Make sure you can walk up a flight of stairs or a city block. If you cannot, you must see your healthcare provider because it could be associated with significant risks.

    If not, drink plenty of liquids, change positiions slowly. Stay out of the oppressive heat, it can cause significant problems.

    If you continue to have these symptoms you should contact your physician.
    An_246754 responded:
    I know this has nothing to do with your question and this is totally of tangent. I just wanted your expert advice I had my last menstrual the 3 of july,2012 I had sex with my husband on the 24th of the same month I know its past my fertile time but is there a chance I could still conceive?
    DixieBrandon replied to An_246754's response:
    This is a question that needs to be asked on a separate board.
    Elizabeth_WebMD_Staff replied to An_246754's response:
    Hi Anon -

    The expert here cannot tell you whether you could be pregnant via an online forum. There are a lot of factors involved. However, you can get some excellent member feedback on the WebMD Could I Be Pregnant community.

    Once you've confirmed your pregnancy, we encourage you to come back to this board for member and expert feedback, or join in on our Pregnancy: First Trimester board to find a group of friends who will follow you through your whole pregnancy and beyond into our Parenting communities.

    Good luck!
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