Question of the Week Podcast

Question of the Week episode

Sun, 2nd Oct 2011

Do pregnant women breathe more?

Heart and Lungs (c) Grey's Anatomy

Does being pregnant mean you have to breathe for two? Find the answer in this Question of the Week. Plus, we ask if poo power really is possible.

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  • Does a pregnant mother have to breathe more?

    I know that during pregnancy a foetus gets oxygen from its mother via the umbilical cord. I was wondering what effect this has on the mother. Does she inhale more, or simply use oxygen more efficiently? What happens to her oxygen saturation level?

 

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