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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

When baby takes your breath away

Published in For the Health of It Author: Maggie L. Thronaum, DO

Obstetrics/Gynecology
CentraCare Clinic – Health Plaza Obstetrics & Women's Health

Pregnancy can be wonderful, but as a baby grows a pregnant woman’s body changes — and it is no secret that there are many discomforts to deal with throughout this time. Some symptoms, such as nausea, often improve as pregnancy progresses. Others may be experienced throughout pregnancy, such as shortness of breath.

Even early in pregnancy it can feel like it is harder to breathe air in — a feeling often described as “air hunger.” This is likely due to changes in your respiratory system caused by a hormone called progesterone. Another reason is that as the belly grows with pregnancy, the rib cage changes size and shape. While she may feel short of breath, mom and baby are not lacking in oxygen. There is just a change in the way your lungs expand.  

Shortness of breath associated with pregnancy should be mild and occur gradually. If you have heart or lung disease; or if your shortness of breath starts suddenly, is associated with chest pain or the feeling of a racing heart, does not resolve with rest, or is accompanied by a cough seek medical care or call your physician.

If you are an expecting mom and suffering from mild shortness of breath, try these tips to breathe easier.

  • Listen to your body. Slow down or stop what you are doing.
  • Maintain good posture. Stand and sit up straight.
  • Change positions.
  • Sleep elevated. Raise up the head of the bed, if possible, or prop yourself up with pillows.

If you need help in finding a provider for you or your child: