Heat Sensation In The Chest And Back Area, Accompanied By Shortness Of Breath At 18 Weeks Pregnant?
Hi, I am currently 18 weeks pregnant. I often feel hot from within on my chest and back, and even feel short of breath. Is it the influence of the growing fetus or is there other contributing factors? Please explain, thank you.
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The appearance of a burning sensation in the chest and back area, accompanied by shortness of breath, can be a common complaint during pregnancy, but it can also indicate a certain disease. Often, this burning and tightness occurs due to GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), which is a condition in which acid from the stomach refluxes (backflow) and irritates the esophagus. This condition is prone to occur in pregnant women, in addition to being due to hormonal influences, as well as due to gastric pressure by an enlarging pregnancy. Not only burning sensation and also shortness of breath, GERD can also cause sufferers to experience coughing, nausea, vomiting, heart palpitations, excessive sweating, difficulty sleeping, and various other complaints.
Apart from GERD, your complaint could also arise due to other triggers, for example:
Digestive disorders, such as gastric ulcers, gastritis Respiratory disorders, such as bronchitis, pneumonia, pleurisy Heart and blood vessel disorders, such as heart attack, weak heart Disorders of muscles, joints, bones, skin, nerves, and other supporting tissues, such as a result of a pinched nerve, rheumatoid arthritis Psychosomatic disorders, etc. If the complaint recurs very often, we recommend that you check it directly with a doctor or obstetrician so that it is given the best treatment. Usually, with a thorough evaluation, specifically in the chest, back and stomach area, the doctor can identify whether your complaint is purely due to GERD, or if there are other triggers. You can also do additional examinations, including ultrasound, blood tests, and so on so that treatment can be done precisely.
In the meantime, you should not first take any drugs. Reduce your various complaints through the following steps:
Compress the uncomfortable area with warm or cold water (choose which one makes you feel more comfortable) Get used to eating with discipline, small portions, but often Do not consume excessively spicy, gassy, oily foods Do not consume too much caffeine-containing drinks Get used to it eat not too close to bedtime (at least give a break of 2 to 3 hours) Observe, anything that often triggers your burning sensation and tightness, and as much as possible avoid these triggers Do not smoke Take more regular breaks Elevate your head and chest while sleeping. comfortable Do relaxation and meditation more often Hope it helps ya ..