Fainting or dizziness
during pregnancy is quite common. Although it is expected most during the first
trimester, it may persist throughout the pregnancy period also. Read on to
learn more about this problem and how to deal with
There was a time when fainting or
dizziness was symptoms to learn about anyone’s pregnancy. However, this is not
quite unnatural because fainting during early pregnancy period or in the middle
of it is quite natural. Although this is not exactly a problem, it can be a bit
embarrassing especially when you are amidst some
have been having fainting spells and
Dizziness is common in
but fainting frequently is certainly not so. The reason for dizziness could be
either reduced blood circulation or low blood
What does dizziness have to do with blood
In the first trimester
your blood supply may be inadequate to fill the expanding circulatory system.
In the second
trimester, it is caused by the pressure of the expanding uterus on
maternal blood vessels. If it occurs on rising from a prone position,
it is called postural hypotension. When your blood pressure drops rapidly, the
blood moves away from the brain. In such cases you must get up slowly. No fast
jerky movements. Fortunately though, the blood flow to your brain is reduced
only temporarily, and therefore will not harm your baby.
Could staying hungry for long periods
result in dizziness
happens when blood sugar is low, and when you have not eaten something after a
long interval. So always carry some whole wheat biscuits or breadsticks for
such emergencies. If you are in a crowded stuffy room, try to get some air. If
you suddenly feel faint, increase the circulation to the brain by lying down or
putting your head between your knees.
What are the common causes of fainting
and dizziness during
hormones – The main cause of dizziness during pregnancy is the change
in hormones that relax and enlarges the blood vessels.
blood pressure – The broad blood vessels cause the blood pressure to
remain lower than normal and this reduces the blood flow to the brain which
results in temporary dizziness.
Low blood sugar
level – Dizziness can also be caused due to lower blood sugar level which
is mostly because of going too long without food. This mostly happens because
due to morning
sickness, pregnant women do not feel like eating or drinking
Low iron level – If there is
not enough iron in the blood, it will cause feelings of weakness and
Lying on your back – Dizziness
in late pregnancy can be because you are lying on your back. This happens
because the weight of your unborn presses down vena cava, a major blood
Other reasons why you feel
dizzy during pregnancy may be
If you lie down for long and then
get up all of a sudden
If you stand up too
If you stay in hot or stuffy room
If you are wearing tight or too
If you are
Remedies to prevent dizziness
Since there are many
reasons why you feel dizzy, there are a number of remedies also. Here are some
suggestions that can help you through and prevent dizziness in your pregnancy
Whether sitting or lying down, be
careful and get up slowly. Be extra cautious when you are getting out of
Avoid standing for long in one
place. If you do not have choice, try to move around slowly so that blood
circulation is proper.
Avoid hot shower or bath.
Wear loose and comfortable
clothing. Make sure your dress is not tight at waist or neck.
Eat properly and regularly. Do not
stay hungry for long or give a long gap between meals.
Avoid lying on your back
especially from second trimester onwards.
Although fainting is rare, you
should talk to your doctor so that he can find out whether you are anemic or if
there is any other reason for fainting.
Drink enough water. Six to eight
glasses of water is recommended.
Some women feel dizzy at night. If
you feel the same, try to lie down on your left side. You will feel better.
Just keep in mind that feeling dizzy or fainting periodically is quite normal
when you are pregnant. The only thing is that if you find this recurring or the
condition persists and is accompanied with numbness and weakness in arms and
limbs or there are vision disturbances, you should get in touch with your
obstetrician and get the essential tests done.
If in case
the tips mentioned here does not tend to help you, ask your doctor to suggest a
therapist so that he helps you figure out what would make you feel better. If
there is abdominal pain with dizziness, contact your obstetrician
What are the causes of
dizziness and fainting during pregnancy? How to prevent fainting during
pregnancy? What are the remedies for dealing with dizziness during
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