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Dizziness during pregnancy

About Pregnancy Dizziness

First trimester of pregnancy is a period when many women experience dizziness and fainting. This condition is usually not serious and doesn’t represent something a woman should worry about. Consult your doctor if dizziness seems to go hand in hand with some vision changes, chest pain or shortness of breath or if it is accompanied with vaginal bleeding. These symptoms may indicate more serious problems such as ectopic pregnancy or problems with low placenta.

Different Causes of Dizziness

Lying flat on your back, standing up abruptly, inadequate hydration and diet and too much heat and exercise are some of the most common causes of dizziness in pregnant women.

Lying on the back for a long period of time may be the reason for dizziness in second and third trimesters of pregnancy. Growing uterus pressurizes the vena cava and pelvic veins in the body, causing slow circulation in the legs. Because of that, expecting moms may experience hypotension, increased heart rate, nausea and dizziness. Lie on the side or place a pillow under the lower part of the body, to ease the compression and resolve these symptoms.

Abrupt standing up is another cause of dizziness in pregnant women, especially in the morning. This condition if often followed by nausea and it is caused by inadequate amount of blood that comes to the head. Avoid standing up suddenly and getting up from the bed very quickly while you are pregnant. Standing in one spot for a long time may also have the same consequences, so try to move your legs from time to time and buy some support stockings.

Too little food and water are also known to provoke dizziness in pregnancy. This might happen even after the meals, if you don’t take a sufficient amount of water. Drink at least 8 glasses of clear water every day to avoid dehydration. Eat a small meal every few hours and make sure you include enough proteins and iron into the diet.

Overheated environment may be the cause of your dizziness too. Hot and crowded places are not somewhere you need to be, but also be careful when taking a hot shower or a bath.

Too much physical activity in pregnancy may lead to dizziness and hyperventilation. Doctors advise frequent rest and light exercises for future moms.

Certain medical conditions may also be possible causes of dizziness in pregnancy. Anemia and lack of iron commonly cause dizziness and headaches in pregnant women. Additionally, problems with the thyroid gland, imbalance of electrolytes and vasovagal syncope episodes may provoke dizziness in expecting moms as well.

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