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    Default Here I am again with another question!

    I am pregnant again 5w6d and one again from almost the beginning I am feeling very breathless
    I thought this was supposed to happen a lot further along? Would it be iron or is this just normal?

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    I also got quite breathless early on in my pregnancies. More like 12-15weeks tho. I also had palpitations which are common. HOWEVER, if it gets to the point of being difficult to speak you must call 000. Try not to stress but if it doesn't feel right, at least call Health Direct and they will help you.

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    Thankyou. I do seem to feel a bit better with a little bit more iron.

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    I got breathless very easy during my pregnancy but I can't remember how early it started. I had a super fast heartbeat and palpitations and developed hypertension though, but I do know breathlessness is pretty common without what I had.


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    Don't know the answer but just wanted to say congratulations on your pregnancy x

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    I get very breathless early in pregnancy, I think it's common.

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    It's probably because you're low in iron. Go to the dr and ask for a full blood count to check your haemoglobin - it's probably low. Haemoglobin is what carries the oxygen around in your blood so if your low then you have less oxygen carrying capacity. Iron tablets will fix it but get clearance from the dr first.

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    I had this with dd1, nearly 4 years ago now, but I'm pretty sure that my doctor told me that my body had made extra blood, half it's regular volume again, so that blood needs to be oxygenated, so you breathe more often and quickly become breathless. Or something like that?

    I found that I needed to always be focusing on my breathing, nice deep slow breaths, and I found that helped. Gosh, hope that makes sense, I'm getting tired.

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    Thankyou so much everyone. I seem to get constipated even if I have 5mg of iron. I told gp and will be tested later on.
    Having more ventilation seems to help.

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    There is a liquid iron supplement that you can take that shouldn't constipate you. Called "spatone" or "spitone". Tastes like crap but t is very effective and much gentler than the tablets.


 

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