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Dizziness During Pregnancy

Dizziness during pregnancy is a fairly normal phenomenon if you are pregnant.

Occasional dizzy spells do not necessitate hitting the panic button or consulting your doctor.
Dizziness During Pregnancy

When you are pregnant you undergo dramatic physiological changes, which lead to disruptions in the flow of blood (low blood pressure) from the lower half to your heart, brain and other vital organs.

This induces a feeling of nausea and light-headedness, which is a temporary condition and can be taken care off by lying down if possible on the left side of your heart.

This posture improves blood flow from your heart to all your organs.

Your cardiovascular system also changes dramatically during pregnancy.

This leads to a significant increase in the rate at which your heart pumps blood per minute, with research pointing out 40-45 increase of blood in your body.

During pregnancy your blood pressure decreases gradually, reaching the minimum point during mid-pregnancy.

After this point has been reached, your blood pressure again increases and goes back to normal.

Your body's cardio and nervous system are able to cope with the changes admirably during this condition and sufficient blood flows to your brain eventually.

But occasionally your body does not cope or adapt quickly enough to the physiological changes induced by onset of pregnancy, which leads to feelings of light-headedness and dizzy spells and in some cases may also lead to fainting.

Causes of Dizziness

The most common causes of dizziness during pregnancy are...

1. Dynamic Or Fast Movements

In the sitting position your blood generally concentrates around your feet and lower legs. When you stand up too fast, there is a delayed release of blood from your legs to your heart, this results in your blood pressure dropping fast, which results in feeling light-headed.

Quick movement like springing up from the bed or a chair must be avoided at all occasions whatever might be the provocation.

When getting up from a supine position, it is a good idea to take time to sit up slowly from the bed and remain seated for a few minutes with legs touching the floor.

Then slowly rise from the bed to stand. When getting up from a chair, it is necessary to rise slowly with the support of the arms to stand up.

Standing on your feet for a long time can also make your blood concentrate in your feet and legs.

It is advisable to make small leg movements to enable your blood to flow.

2. Lying Flat On The Back

The growing uterus inhibits the blood circulation in your legs by compressing the large vein (inferior vena cava) from the lower part to your heart.

This problem becomes worse when you lie flat on your back. In this position your heart pumps less blood leading to a drop in blood pressure, leading to anxiety, nausea and dizziness.

It's advisable for you to lie on your left with a pillow under your head and a support pillow under your hips. This stops the uterus from compressing your vein.

3. Food & Drink

Low or infrequent intake of food leads to low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia) which can lead to dizziness during pregnancy or fainting spells.

Eating small yet frequent meals regularly during the day, instead of large meals is strictly advised.

The idea is to tuck into some snack when feeling hungry, which is quite frequent when pregnant.

Dehydration or lack of drinking water up to 8-10 glasses per day may also lead to feelings of dizziness during pregnancy.

4. Anaemia

Anaemia is a condition when your body does not produce sufficient red blood cells. When the red blood cells in your body does not carry enough oxygen to your brain and other vital organs, an anaemic condition results.

Anaemic women frequently experience dizziness. Iron deficiency is the leading cause of anaemia. A diet rich in iron is highly advisable. Fruits and vegetables containing iron must form part of your diet.

5. Hotbath

Sometimes taking a hot bath can also lead to feelings of light-headedness, as this causes your blood vessels to dilate and result in lowering your blood pressure. Taking warm showers is advisable.

6. Exercise

Exercise is recommended when pregnant for a normal delivery. But overdoing it can lead to feelings of dizziness during pregnancy.

Exercises should be started slowly and must be done smoothly. The idea is to follow the dictates of your body to know when to stop.

What To Do When You Are Feeling Dizzy

When feeling light-headed lie down on the left side till the feeling goes away. When this feeling is experienced while driving, stop your car and tilt towards your left side till the feeling goes away.

When this spell occurs in a room, sit down quickly and put your head between your legs, till the feeling subsides.

When To See A Doctor

Feeling dizzy or light-headed occasionally due to hunger, dehydration, heat or fast movements are fairly normal and you do not need to hit the panic button while experiencing these symptoms.

But these are some symptoms which do necessitate a visit to your doctor when pregnant.

If frequent dizziness is accompanied by severe headaches, vision becoming blurred, inability to speak with clarity, heart palpitations, tingling sensation, pain in the chest, shortness of breath or bleeding, call your doctor immediately or call for medical assistance as these conditions have the potential of affecting your baby.

If abdominal pain is accompanied by dizziness then taking immediate medical attention is necessary.

Dizziness during pregnancy, does not call for emergency medical attention in the majority of the cases and should be taken in stride.

But if these spells become increasingly frequent then a visit to your doctor is definitely recommended.

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