FaintingWhat are the causes of fainting and dizziness during pregnancy?
Fainting and Dizziness
Women may be more susceptible to feeling dizzy or actually fainting during their pregnancy. Although feeling dizzy is bothersome to most people, it is very common during pregnancy. Dizziness, feeling lightheaded and actually fainting can happen at any point of your pregnancy for several reasons.
- Decrease in blood pressure
- Increased heart rate
- Increased blood volume
- Laying on your back
- Standing up too fast
- Excessive exercise
Normally, our bodies can handle the changes that pregnancy brings. However, there are times that the body may not be able to keep up with the changes and it will leave you feeling dizzy or faint. If you begin to feel dizzy or lightheaded, you should lay down to avoid falling down and hurting yourself or the baby. The best position to lay down is on your left side because it will get the most amount of blood to your heart and brain. Sometimes it is not possible to lay down and in that case, you should sit down and place your head between your knees.
- When you are laying down, sit up with your legs dangling for a moment before standing up.
- Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water and fluids throughout the day.
- Do not take hot baths or showers.
- Exercise slowly and in moderation.
- Eat several small meals throughout the course of the day to keep your blood sugar levels consistent.
- Do not lie flat on your back. Lay on your side instead. This can cause your heart rate to increase your blood pressure to decrease.
- Eat foods that are rich in iron and ask for an iron supplement if you are anemic.
Because feeling faint and light-headed are normal parts of being pregnant, there is probably no need to consult your caregiver. However, if the feelings are consistent or continue to be bothersome, you should mention the problem to your doctor. If you do actually faint, you should contact your healthcare provider immediately. If you experience a headache,. blurred vision, slurred speech, tingling or numbness in face or extremities with your dizziness, you should call your doctor immediately. You and your baby should be evaluated to avoid a dangerous situation.
If you also feel tired, have irregular heartbeat, pale skin or
shortness of breath besides feeling faint, ask your doctor about anemiaComments: Fainting
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1031 days ago.
Dizzy spell this morning. =( anetandjosh
1356 days ago.
I been feelling like diz since i got pregnant with my second child with my first i didnt have diz problem .Iwent to the store the other day with my 9mth old son and i felt so dizzy and about to throw up is something wrong with me. I went to the doctor and he said not to worry it happens to everyone im like okay.. dayzahnise
1357 days ago.
I feel like this a lot. Saturday my husband and I were out.It wasn't really hot out we were walking for a bit and all of a sudden I felt like I couldn't breath. I could barely see.I was dizzy,lightheaded.I just had to sit and my husband ran a got me some ice water.