Dizziness in pregnancy. What are the causes?

Feeling dizzy is one of the most common symptoms in pregnancy, especially in the first trimester. Many pregnant women complain about dizziness and or even fainting. Here are the reasons why you feel dizzy, how you can prevent feeling like that and what to do if you have a dizzy spell…

Causes of dizziness

Hormones produced during your pregnancy can cause blood vessels to dilate. That’s how blood travels more easily to the foetus, but it also encumbers the flow of blood to you. As a result, you will have a lower blood pressure than usual, and the blood will take a bit longer to reach your brain, which can cause a temporary sensation of dizziness.

Also, while your body adapts to the metabolic changes, your blood sugar level might also be lower, which is another factor and if you suffer from a mild anaemia, feeling dizzy  might be even more common.

How can you prevent dizziness?

There are a few simple measures that you can take to avoid getting dizzy:

  • Avoid standing for too long. If you don’t have a choice, move your legs as often as possible;
  • Don’t get up suddenly from sitting. Also, be careful whenever you get out of the bath!
  • Eat little and often. Small meals, at regular intervals, prevent your blood sugar level from falling too low;
  • Avoid taking baths and hot showers;
  • Wear comfortable clothes made from natural materials.

What can you do if you feel dizzy?

If you suddenly feel dizzy, do the following:

  • Sit down slowly.;
  • If you can, lie down slowly on one side;
  • Take some deep breaths;
  • Unbutton your clothes if they feel too tight or hot;
  • If you’re at home, open a window to clear the air.

When to see your doctor

Dizziness is a normal symptom in pregnancy, but there are cases when it can signal serious problems. Contact your doctor immediately if:

  • You experience frequent and intense dizziness, and if you often lose your balance;
  • You experience severe dizziness accompanied by abdominal cramps and vaginal bleeding;
  • You experience dizziness accompanied by blurred vision, intense headaches or palpitations.