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Headaches, Fainting, and Dizziness

Updated: Sep 2, 2022

Do not ignore when you experience either or all of these (Headaches, fainting, and dizziness) anytime during your pregnancy.

Fainting and Dizziness

There is a change in the circulatory system during pregnancy, causing an increase in the blood flow during pregnancy, and the hormonal changes that are happening rapidly can cause the blood pressure to reduce, making you feel dizzy or lightheaded at times. Also, your blood sugar may lower sometimes causing you dizziness.

Low blood pressure, hunger, low blood sugar, exerting yourself, and not drinking enough water can cause dizziness or lightheadedness during pregnancy.

Signs that you might faint

  • Blurred vision or spots in front of your eyes

  • Ringing sound in your ears

  • Sweating or feeling cold and clammy

  • Feeling sick

  • Fast or unusually deep breathing

Call your doctor if you experience any of this or anything unusual during your pregnancy.

Headache, Fainting, and Dizziness
Headache, Fainting, and Dizziness

What you can do to prevent fainting or dizziness?

  • Avoid standing up too fast. If you are sitting in a position for too long, the blood pools in your feet, and when you get up too quickly, the body may not be able to return the blood too quickly to the heart. So, make sure you are not changing positions very quickly.

  • Avoid lying flat on your back. During the later stages, the growing baby in the uterus can compress the veins that return blood to your heart. Sleep on your sides.

  • Not eating enough. If you are not able to eat food due to nausea, then you are deprived of essential nutrients, leading to low blood sugar levels at times, and causing dizziness.

  • Anemia. Lacking a normal supply of red blood cells to carry oxygen to your brain and other organs can cause you to feel lightheaded. Your doctor might prescribe you supplements to help you during this time.

  • Overheating. Take a warm water bath. Avoid too crowded places, do not go out when it is too hot, dress comfortably, and avoid wearing too tight clothes.

  • Do not overdo your exercise. Do not push yourself till you are drained of all your energy. Take it easy and keep it slow.

Headache during pregnancy

Headaches are quite common during pregnancy, and the most common cause of headaches is tension or stress. You might have a headache if you are standing up too fast, or overheating your body, exercising vigorously.

Do not take any OTC medication to reduce the headache. Let your doctor know so that she/he can rule out any underlying health condition. Though most of the time, the headaches are nothing serious, it is important to let your doctor know about them.

The hormonal changes, increase in blood flow, nausea, indigestion, vomiting, and dehydration, can cause headaches in some women. Headaches can get better as pregnancy progresses, or sometimes it stays with you till your pregnancy and postpartum.

What you can do?

  • Regularly exercising can help in blood circulation.

  • Yoga can help you relax and also balance your energy.

  • Have good home-cooked food.

  • Massaging before your bath can help in the blood flow and relax your muscles.

Note: It is important to let your doctor know if you experience any of these(headaches, fainting, dizziness) during your pregnancy.

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