Dyspnoea during normal pregnancy

Br J Obstet Gynaecol. 1978 Apr;85(4):260-3. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-0528.1978.tb10497.x.


The incidence, severity and time-course of dyspnoea were assessed in 62 women on eight occasions throughout a normal pregnancy. Fifteen per cent of subjects noticed an increase in dyspnoea in the first trimester compared with the nonpregnant state and in almost half of them dyspnoea was experienced before 19 weeks gestation; 76% complained of this symptom by 31 weeks gestation. After this time, few subjects noticed any increase in their symptoms.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Dyspnea / epidemiology*
  • Dyspnea / etiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications / epidemiology*
  • Pregnancy Complications / etiology
  • Pregnancy Trimester, First
  • Pregnancy Trimester, Second
  • Pregnancy Trimester, Third