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Old 11-01-2006, 08:39 PM   #1
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Shortness of breath and swelling

I am 23 weeks and I have noticed that this week I have started swelling - rings are just a little tight, 1+ pitting edema in feet and my face is a little swollen. I didn't expect this to happen so soon or is this soon? I have also been a lot more short of breath than I expected. I just didn't expect all of this. Has this happened to you?

 
Old 11-02-2006, 04:06 AM   #2
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Re: Shortness of breath and swelling

Since last week I noticed my shortness of breath and this week my hands swelling. I'm going into my 24th week and since my 16th week, my doctor has asked me if I noticed any swelling. I'm never short of breath, or rather, never was prior to becoming pregnant. I run about two miles a day when I'm not pregnant. Lately though, it seems just the smallest of things I do can get me trying to catch my breath. Nothing to the point that I feel dizzy or lightheaded, but that I need to slow down some. My fingers are the only bit swollen as of now. I noticed it one morning after my rings felt as if they were cutting off circulation to my fingers. And hoo boy, were they a pain to get off! During the day my hands and fingers are fine. It seems only at night they swell up. If you are worried about your swelling or shortness of breath, give your doctor a call. Hope I helped some in letting you know you aren't the only one in this boat.

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Old 11-02-2006, 06:22 AM   #3
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Re: Shortness of breath and swelling

Does the swelling go away after you lie on our left side for an hour or two?
Swelling is pretty normal in pregnancy and I, too, noticed it about the same time you are now (23 weeks). If it goes away within 24 hours it's not supposed to be something to be concerned about.

Do you spend alot of time upright, with your feet way below your hips and heart? If yes, try to sit with your feet propped up as much as you can and try to lay down in the middle of the day to give your heart and circulatory system a break.

And when I asked my doctor about shortness of breath he laughed and said that he gets that question all the time, particularly from women who are talking so much explaining their symptoms to him that he can't get a word in edgewise! He said that if you have a real problem with SOB you won't be able to talk very much... in which case, call your doc.

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Old 11-02-2006, 09:59 PM   #4
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Re: Shortness of breath and swelling

My swelling does go down when I sleep. I am not swollen much in the mornings when I wake up but am all during the day.

Thanks!

 
Old 11-03-2006, 06:51 AM   #5
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Re: Shortness of breath and swelling

If your swelling goes away when you lay down then it's probably not a big deal. Make sure you tell your doctor about it, though.

 
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