Dizziness during pregnancy

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Dizziness during pregnancy

It is hard work for the body to develop a fetus, and the increased risk of iron deficiency and low blood pressure can make you feel dizzy during pregnancy.

Dizziness is a typical symptom during pregnancy and is something you can prevent or do something about when it occurs.

Increase in blood volume

As a natural consequence of getting pregnant, the blood in your body increases by 30-55%. This is because enough blood must flow through the placenta and nourish the fetus. But, it also happens because there must be enough blood to cover the loss that is during the birth.

Because you get more blood, your blood gets a little thinner than usual. It can cause iron deficiency, which is typically felt by fatigue and dizziness. Therefore, if you feel exhausted and dizzy, you should be checked for iron deficiency and therefore need to take a supplement.

Unstable blood sugar level

Dizziness during pregnancy is often also due to low blood pressure or an unstable blood sugar level, which pregnant women have an increased tendency to. A high and a low blood sugar level can give you a feeling of dizziness.

You can avoid or prevent this by:

  • Eat a healthy and balanced diet.

  • Avoid skipping meals

  • Avoid walking for extended periods without anything to eat

If your blood sugar level is the cause of your dizziness, it may be a good idea to have fruit and biscuits nearby as they can raise your blood sugar when needed.

Growing uterus

As a pregnant woman, you may become uncomfortable or dizzy for a short time when you lie on your back. This is because the growing uterus presses on the large blood vessel (Vena Cava). Thus, the uterus blocks the depleted blood from returning to your heart. If you experience something, you can remedy it immediately by turning to the page.

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