Respiratory Changes During Pregnancy

Respiratory symptoms such as shortness of breath and coughing are not uncommon in the last months of pregnancy, especially if the baby is large and the mother small. Diaphragm and rib movements which pull and push air into and out of lungs are, to some extent, hampered by upward pressure of the uterus; the lungs also become congested because of pressure veins and arteries, making gaseous exchange less efficient. Digestion is often affected too, for similar reasons (see Indigestion During Pregnancy).

If coughing is severe, consult your doctor if there is no improvement in 2 hours; in the meantime take Aconite 30c every 5 minutes for up to 10 doses, especially if fear is the overwhelming emotion. If you are short of breath even when at rest, consult your doctor if there is no improvement in 12 hours.


Specific remedies to be taken 4 times daily for up to 7 days

  • Coughing after meals, shortness of breath Nux 6c
  • Frequent, dry, exhausting cough which gets worse at night, salty taste in mouth Sepia 6c
  • Cough accompanied by nausea and vomiting Ipecac. 6c
  • Cough accompanied by involuntary passing of urine, alleviated by drinking cold water Causticum 6c

Shortness of breath

Specific remedies to be taken every 5 minutes for up to 10 doses as soon as symptoms come on

  • With palpitations, fainting, fear Aconite 30c
  • With weakness, swollen ankles, face pale and anguished looking, feeling chilly and restless Arsenicum 30c
  • With nausea, fainting Ipecac. 30c

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Related to Fertility & Pregnancy
  Brook Advisory Centres
  National Council For One-Parent Families
  Foresight, the Association for the Promotion of Preconceptual Care

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