Most mothers would agree that pregnancy comes with a number of unique challenges. As a pregnant woman’s body changes and she starts to prepare for childbirth, she will likely go through a number of different side effects. Whether it is morning sickness, swelling or back pain, there are many different side effects that often accompany pregnancy. But one of the most difficult, and also most surprising for many women is dizziness and vertigo.
The first thing for expecting women to remember is that just because you are experiencing dizziness during pregnancy—it doesn’t mean you should panic. However, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t also be paying attention if you start to experience these types of symptoms.
So is dizziness normal?
Most women will experience issues with vertigo during their first trimester. Usually, your body is still adapting to the changes of creating a new life and many women start to experience lower blood pressure—this reduces blood flow to the brain and can create that fuzzy, dizzy feeling.
There are also some women who will feel dizzy because of low blood sugar levels. Your metabolism is changing while you are pregnant and this can be a common side effect of those changes.
Dizziness can also occur during the second trimester, if an expanding uterus starts putting pressure on your blood vessels—there are also women who easily overheat while pregnant and may experience lightheadedness or evening spinning feelings of vertigo.
Tips for Handling Dizziness
If you are experiencing extreme cases of vertigo that are persistent and difficult to overcome—make sure to contact your doctor. However, there are also other things that you can do to help lessen your chances of getting dizzy while pregnant. This includes:
- Wearing light, loose-fitting clothing. Warm heavy materials can cause any woman to overheat and start to feel lightheaded. Pregnancy is known to cause hot spells in many women, so the more you can do to prevent them the better.
- Stay hydrated. Proper hydration is very important for all pregnant women, particularly those who have issues with vertigo. Drinking more than 2 liters of water per day, especially if you are exercising or operating in extreme heat.
- Take your time when getting up from a stationary position, or when transitioning from stationary positions or when going from sitting to standing.
- Make sure to keep your blood-sugar levels in check. Carrying a healthy option like raisins with you is always a smart snack to help keep your blood sugar levels in check.
If you ever start to feel dizzy, lightheaded or are having a vertigo spell while pregnant, it is important to sit or lie down right away. A spinning sensation can easily cause a pregnant woman, who may already be struggling to maintain her normal balance, to fall and hurt herself or the baby. You can never be too careful.
All pregnant women should keep these tips in mind. While dizziness with pregnancy may be relatively normal, it doesn’t mean there aren’t things that you can do in order to help keep these symptoms at bay.