Feeling dizzy during pregnancy is not uncommon, and it doesn't necessarily have to be due to serious stress disorders such as toxemia. During pregnancy it is possible feeling light-headed on occasion or slightly dizzy in changes of posture or after going through situations of stress, heat or physical exercise, since our cardiovascular system is undergoing drastic changes and the volume of blood that the heart must pump increases considerably.
Dizziness occurs frequently, especially in the first months of pregnancy. But as pregnancy progresses, they usually disappear.
More than once we have seen in the cinema how the protagonist fell faint in the face of an upset or surprise. My sister-in-law almost fainted on the subway before she knew she was pregnant and the surprise was that she had already installed her baby in her womb.
In a normal pregnancy it may happen that the blood pressure drops initially and it can stay low until about the middle of the pregnancy, to gradually recover during the second half. Fainting or severe dizziness, however, is always a reason for medical consultation.
Mild dizziness or fainting can be another symptom of our pregnancy, as well as other physical changes such as nausea, indigestion, constipation, sensitivity and other discomfort, and to combat it we can follow some recommendations:
- Avoid hot flashes and heat, which can cause your blood vessels to dilate and your blood pressure to plummet.
- Avoid places loaded, closed or crowded with people and cool off with water and maintain the appropriate temperature of your body, with comfortable clothes that allow you to perspire.
- If you feel dizzy, sit with head between knees or lie down, if you can, trying to get your legs up.
- When you rest or sleep, do it preferably on the left side, not on your back, as this will facilitate the flow of blood to all the organs. When you get out of bed, do it gradually, without sudden incorporations.
- Moderate your physical activity, never become exhausted and, when you stop doing any activity, do it progressively so that the body adapts to the situation. If you have to stand, move your legs often and wear rest stockings to improve circulation in your legs.
- Try not to spend a long time fasting, always have snacks available to maintain adequate sugar levels. Hypoglycemia can be more pronounced in pregnant women. You should also drink enough fluids as you can also be more vulnerable to heat stroke, dehydration and congestion during pregnancy ...
- Never take your body to the limit and monitor your blood pressure at every prenatal visit.
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