Why Do We Have Dizziness in Pregnancy?

Everyone is aware of the diversity of symptoms that occur and can happen during pregnancy and one of these main symptoms is dizziness in pregnancy. Even many women are suspicious and discover pregnancy by combining this symptom with others such as nausea or the desire to eat something different.

When They Begin to Occur

In the first trimester, dizziness occurs more frequently in the morning with nausea and almost always when getting up from bed or after going through a long period of sitting. This happens because the blood pressure of the pregnant woman is totally altered with the increase in the production of estrogen and progesterone during pregnancy.

Another very recurrent reason for dizziness in pregnancy is hypoglycemia, which is generated by the drop in blood sugar levels resulting from a long period without eating or even from inadequate nutrition, poor in nutrients and vitamins so important for pregnancy and development healthy fetal.

Another reason for the appearance of the symptom is the excessive heat. For moms who start pregnancy in warmer and drier times, dizziness ends up occurring naturally and care must be redoubled during this phase.

Arriving in the third trimester, the reasons for dizziness in pregnancy extend, as the pressure of the uterus on the blood vessels ends up causing dizziness and ill-being every day. That is why the recommendations increase at this stage in relation to the use of high shoes , opting for more comfortable and low models and the care to go down stairs and walk on the streets increases.

After all, during a dizziness the woman can become unbalanced and fall, causing accidents, getting hurt and causing damage to the mother and baby. There are many cases of falls related to premature birth , so there is little care during this period.

What to Do with Dizziness in Pregnancy

Care with food, hydration and water intake constantly and use of clothes and especially low and comfortable shoes are methods of preventing and relieving dizziness during pregnancy, in addition to reducing the risk of accidents caused by it. Another method well accepted by pregnant women is the anti-nausea bracelet , which helps nausea and dizziness immediately.

But obviously every care is recommended for the specific reason and responsible for the dizziness that must be evaluated correctly. For morning dizziness at the beginning of pregnancy, which can last from the first trimester to the end of the second, the best way to reduce discomfort when waking up is to lie on your side and get up slowly . Stay seated until you have the confidence that the dizziness has passed and thus be able to stand safely.

In case of very strong dizziness, there is nothing to do but lie down and be quiet until the malaise is gone. Better to rest than to put your baby’s health and life at risk. Another form of relief during rest is to lie down straight with the help of a pillow below the legs , so that the legs are above the head and improve blood circulation.

Risk of Anemia

Regarding food , eat properly and with a varied menu rich in nutrients and vitamins that will keep you healthy to generate a baby and develop as expected. The lack of vitamins in the pregnant woman’s body, in addition to impairing fetal development can be the cause of profound anemias in the pregnant woman , so excess dizziness should be informed to the obstetrician who will see the need for additional tests to check.

Remember to eat every 3 hours and small portions will keep your blood glucose level under control, which will make your dizziness decrease. If you need to leave, take a quick snack like a biscuit or a fruit that will keep you fed until the next meal.

It is worth noting that dizziness during pregnancy itself does not offer risks, but accidents and the danger of fainting, falling and getting hurt during dizziness. Therefore, if symptoms occur daily accompanied by others such as blurred vision, severe headaches, the doctor should be informed immediately to assess the condition and correct treatment, it may be signs of anemia.

See also: Is  Heartburn a Symptom of Pregnancy?

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Key Information Box:

  1. Everyone is aware of the diversity of symptoms that occur and can happen during pregnancy and one of these main symptoms is dizziness in pregnancy.
  2. Another very recurrent reason for dizziness in pregnancy is hypoglycemia, which is caused by the  drop in blood sugar levels.
  3. Arriving in the third trimester, the reasons for dizziness in pregnancy extend, as the  pressure of the uterus on the blood vessels  ends up causing dizziness and ill-being daily.
  4. Care with food, hydration and water intake constantly and use of clothes and especially low and comfortable shoes are prevention methods.
  5. Remember to  eat every 3 hours and small portions  will keep your blood glucose level under control, which will make your dizziness decrease.
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My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.

Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.

Dr. Alexis Hart

My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.

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