The Dish on Dizziness During Pregnancy

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Are you an expectant mom experiencing dizzy spells? Learn about dizziness during pregnancy and ways to prevent it from occurring.

Your body goes through numerous changes during pregnancy, and it’s not uncommon for moms-to-be to report experiencing bouts of dizziness or light-headedness. Some even experience fainting, though it’s rare.

Dizziness and light-headedness during pregnancy are typically caused by surges in pregnancy hormones and the growing uterus putting pressure on blood vessels. Common causes of these symptoms include:

  • A boost in your body’s blood volume
  • Dilated blood vessels due to high levels of pregnancy hormones, which can cause your blood pressure to decrease
  • Low blood sugar levels
  • Needing more food to feed baby and you
  • The creation of extra blood vessels

Heading off Dizziness

So what’s a woman to do to help prevent dizzy spells during pregnancy?

  • Avoid wearing tight clothing.
  • Eat frequently throughout the day, and don’t skip any meals.
  • Lie on your left side instead of lying on your back.
  • Refrain from standing for long periods of time.
  • Rise slowly when getting up from sitting or lying down.
  • Take warm baths or showers instead of hot ones.

Pregnancy Precautions

Sometimes, however, even your best efforts can’t keep you from feeling faint at times during pregnancy. If these symptoms continue, the American Pregnancy Association suggests taking the following precautions:

  • Sit or lie down.
  • Take slow, deep breaths.
  • Remove or loosen snug items of clothing

While dizziness and light-headedness are common during pregnancy, if they continue, see your doctor.

About the time you find your groove with your first trimester, it’s time for your second trimester. Learn more about our maternity services at Mimbres Memorial Hospital.

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