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Why am I breathless?

Created by BabyCenter

Even if you've never felt breathless before, like lots of women, you may sometimes feel breathless now. This is normal. Your body is adapting, and growing a baby!

You can help your breathing by keeping away from dirty air and smoky places.

Do you smoke? Stop, or cut down now. It is bad for health. Remember, you can save the money you spend on smoking to buy things you will need during pregnancy and for the baby.

Ask your family to smoke outside.

If your house is smoky, open doors and windows. You can reduce smoke when you cook:

  • Use LPG, electricity, or a kerosene cooker if possible.

  • Use a lid. The pot can conserve heat and you can reduce cooking time, and so breathe in less smoke.

  • Soak food before cooking to reduce cooking time.

  • When using charcoal, make sure that doors and windows are open.

  • If you can, put your stove at a higher level so you don’t have to bend over and breathe in smoke. Or cook outside so you don’t get smoke in the house at all.

  • Mopping the floor can reduce the amount of dust you breathe in.

If you are breathless all the time, you may be anaemic. This means your body lacks iron. Taking iron tablets will help. You can also make sure you eat a variety of different foods like leafy vegetables, eggs, fruit, poultry and beans. They all help your body to get iron.

31 March 2015