Don’t worry! Dizziness is common during pregnancy. It affects up to 75 percent of women up to some degree.
What is dizziness?
Dizziness or feeling faint is the restlessness that pregnant women may feel throughout the pregnancy.
It is most common during the first trimester, but you may face it throughout the pregnancy.
What causes dizziness during pregnancy?
The main cause of dizziness during pregnancy is due to change in hormones and blood pressure. The dizziness you feel depends upon the stage of pregnancy you are in.
During first trimester, you may feel dizzy due to low blood pressure. Rising hormone cause your blood vessel to relax and widen. This increases the blood flow to your baby but decreases blood flow to your veins which may lead to fall in blood pressure.
During second trimester, your growing womb tends to put pressure on your uterus which may cause dizziness.
Dizziness may also occur during late pregnancy if you lie on your back allowing the weight of the baby to press your vein that carries blood from lower body to your heart (vena cava).
Other reason of feeling dizziness:
- If you lie down for long
- If you haven’t eaten something for a while
- If you are too hot
- If you lie down for too long
How dizziness can be prevented?
Some helpful tips to reduce dizziness are given below:
- Avoid standing for long period and even if you are standing keep moving so that there is proper blood circulation
- Get up slowly especially after bath
- Eat frequently. Keep less gap between the meals
- Avoid hot baths
- Wear loose clothes to allow proper circulation
What are the symptoms of serious dizziness?
If you have following symptoms you should consult your health provider, they are:
- Pain in pelvic area
- Pain in belly
- Blurred vision