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Why do I feel shortness of breath during pregnancy?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Feeling shortness of breath during pregnancy doesn't mean that you're literally unfit for motherhood. It's normal. Your lungs are processing about 40 percent more air than they do when you're not pregnant and, as the baby grows and takes up more space in your body, decreasing in size. So, you may find yourself huffing and puffing even when you do nothing more than just walk from one room to another. If the breathlessness persists at rest, you should call your doctor and be evaluated.
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