Upper back pain? Difficulty breathing? Is this common?
I know lower back pain is common during early pregnancy but what about upper back pain?
It started about a week ago, my upper back has been killing me. It feels like it could be muscular but I don't really know. I have heavy breasts so I wonder if that could be a factor? The pain is mostly located under and around my shoulder blades
Whatever it is, it's annoying, I am getting no relief and on top of my multitude of other symptoms I am in absolute misery.
Another issue I have had lately is some difficulty breathing. Given, I'm not gasping for breath, but I don't find that I feel short on air more than I used to - ie. I get winded faster going upstairs, even taking a walk can sometimes cause me to lose my breath. I'm going to mention it to my doctor, I wonder if it's just normal, or maybe my iron levels are low? Does anyone else get this?
bah humbug...the way I'm feeling I don't even know
I think the shortness of breath has to do with everything being "pushed up" in your body. As you get further along, you will notice more shortness of breath, I am sure! As for the backpain, I have been feeling it on and off as well, and wondered myself if it has to do with having a big chest....which is getting bigger by the hour! Hope you feel better!
I also have the shortness of breath. i read it was from the increased blood volume. You have 25% more blood circulating even in early pregnancy. I walked up a couple flights of stairs the other day with a girl from work. I was so embarrassed I had to catch my breath when we got to the top! We havent told too many people so I didnt even have a good excuse. I am sure she thought I was just an out of shape fatty!
As for the back pain your posture changes during pregnancy. Have you tried some stretching? Or changing shoes?
Thanks for all your answers. I really appreciate the feedback. My shoes have zero support so I suppose that could be the problem. I sit at a desk for about 8 hours a day though - perhaps my posture is just really bad? I think I'll start to pick up my yoga again next week. I used to go twice a week until I found out I was pregnant...then I was just too exhausted to make it to the class.
Got the upper back pain too. Partly due to increasing boobs and ribcage expanding I think.
As for the breathlessness, here's some interesting information from Merck Medical Library:
Respiratory Tract: The high level of progesterone, a hormone produced continuously during pregnancy, signals the brain to lower the level of carbon dioxide in the blood. As a result, a pregnant woman breathes slightly faster and more deeply to exhale more carbon dioxide and keep the carbon dioxide level low. She may breathe deeper and faster also because the enlarging uterus limits how much the lungs can expand when she breathes in. The circumference of the woman's chest enlarges slightly.
Virtually every pregnant woman becomes somewhat more out of breath when she exerts herself, especially toward the end of pregnancy. During exercise, the breathing rate increases more when a woman is pregnant than when she is not.
Because more blood is being pumped, the lining of the airways receives more blood and swells somewhat, narrowing the airways. As a result, the nose occasionally feels stuffy, and the eustachian tubes (which connect the middle ear and back of the nose) may become blocked. These effects can slightly change the tone and quality of the woman's voice.
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