Dizziness is a common problem that can occur during pregnancy. Dizziness can happen at any time during this period. If you are experiencing this problem, this article may be helpful.
What causes pregnancy dizziness?
When you are pregnant, your hormone changes. The changes in hormone levels can lead to the change in the blood vessels. Your blood vessels may be increased in the size. This can promote the flow of blood to your baby but decrease the flow of blood back to you. Your blood pressure is lower. There is less blood flowing to your brain so you can experience dizziness.
Dizziness may be caused by the changes in the cardiovascular system. Your heart beats faster, causing the amount of blood in your body to increase. Another cause is low blood sugar levels. Your body have to change its metabolism. Dizziness can also be caused by the growth of the uterus. This can put more pressure on your blood vessels.
How to prevent dizziness during pregnancy?
Here are some recommendations to help you reduce dizziness:
−Lie down. Lying on your side can increase the flow of blood to your brain. This can help reduce dizziness and faint. You can put one pillow behind your back and one pillow under your hip to keep this position. Lying on your back may make the condition get worse.
−Eat more frequently. It is better to eat more small meals during the day so your body is always supplied with energy.
−Do not stand for long periods. This can decrease your circulation. If you have to stand, try to move around a bit.
−Do not sit up or standing up too fast. Blood can pool in your leg. There is less blood in your brain so you may experience dizziness. When you are lying, gently sit up. Then after a few minutes, gently standing up from your sitting position.
−Do not take hot baths and showers. This can increase the size of your blood vessels.
When to seek medical advice?
Dizziness can be reduced with some small tips. However, call your doctor if you notice other abnormal signs such as vaginal bleeding, pain in the abdominal area, loss of vision, headaches, or symptoms of anemia. These may be the symptoms of underlying problems.
Dizziness during pregnancy can cause you to faint and make you feel uncomfortable. It is a common condition and can be relieved with simple changes in your lifestyle. However, you should see a doctor if the problem gets worse.
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Review Date: August 30, 2017 | Last Modified: August 30, 2017
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