Dizziness in Pregnancy

 

One of the more common symptoms that pregnant women experience is dizziness, lightheadedness or feeling faint. This feeling is most common during the first trimester of pregnancy, but many women may experience feeling dizzy during pregnancy all the way through.





There are a number of factors that can contribute to feeling dizzy during pregnancy. One of the primary causes is the rapidly-changing hormone levels in your body. These changing hormone levels cause a number of bodily changes. One of the most significant is the relaxing and widening of your blood vessels. This helps blood to flow more steadily to your baby, but at the same time it also slows the speed at which blood returns to you. This means that your blood pressure is likely to be lower than normal. This means that the blood flow to your brain is reduced. This is, primarily, what causes you to be feeling dizzy during pregnancy.

There is a secondary reason why you might feel dizzy during pregnancy, as well. During pregnancy, many women experience a lowering in levels of blood sugar. This happens, at least in part, as your body adapts to metabolic changes during pregnancy. In addition, women that suffer from anemia or who have varicose veins are more likely to be feeling dizzy during pregnancy.

In some cases, during the second trimester of pregnancy, you may have lightheadedness because of the way your baby is situated. Sometimes, your growing uterus will cause a certain amount of pressure to be put on your blood vessels, leading to dizziness.

Later on during your pregnancy, there are other things that can cause you to be feeling dizzy. For example, if you’re lying on your back, your baby is likely to be situated on top of your vena cava. (The vena cava is one of the larger veins in your body, and it carries blood from the lower part of your body back to your heart.) this, of course, can lead to feeling dizzy.

If you feel like you might faint or lose your balance, or if your dizziness is severe, make sure to talk to your doctor about the situation.

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