Dyspnea in pregnancy

Taiwan J Obstet Gynecol. 2017 Aug;56(4):432-436. doi: 10.1016/j.tjog.2017.04.035.


Dyspnea in pregnancy is common. It can result from adaption to body changes in pregnancy and also from complications therein. Understanding the mechanisms of change in the respiratory system during pregnancy helps with the differential diagnosis of dyspnea in normal pregnancy as opposed to pathological dyspnea.

Keywords: Pulmonary function test; Respiration; Ventilation.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Dyspnea / diagnosis
  • Dyspnea / physiopathology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lung / physiopathology
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications / diagnosis
  • Pregnancy Complications / physiopathology*
  • Respiratory Function Tests