Dizziness During Pregnancy

Whoa! Getting dizzy spells? Here's why—and how to deal.
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ByPaula Kashtan
Updated
Oct 2017
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Feel like you just got off a piece of spinny playground equipment, only you haven’t set foot on a playground in years? That’s dizziness for you. And if you’re wondering if pregnancy can cause that lightheaded sensation, the answer is—it sure can. Learn why you might feel dizzy during pregnancy, what you can do about it and when it might be a sign of something more serious.

Why Do You Feel Dizzy When Pregnant?

Dizziness is most likely just another pregnancy symptom, in part due to hormone and blood pressure changes. As baby continues to grow, the pressure your uterus places on blood vessels can add to the dizziness.

Some conditions like anemia, hyperemesis gravidarum (severe morning sickness), hypertension and preeclampsia could also cause dizziness.

When To See The Doctor For Dizziness

If your dizziness is accompanied by vaginal bleeding or severe abdominal pain, call your doctor immediately—this might be a sign of ectopic pregnancy. It’s also time to talk with your doctor if things get so bad that you faint.

Ways To Deal With Dizziness During Pregnancy

When you start to feel lightheaded, sit or lie down right away, and put your head between your knees (if your belly allows it). Always lie on your left side—it’ll help increase blood flow to your heart and brain.

You can help keep dizziness at a minimum by taking care of yourself in a few basic ways:

• Eat regularly and choose healthy snacks
• Drink lots of water (dehydration can make you dizzy)
• Wear loose, comfortable clothing
• Get up slowly from sitting or lying down
• Try not to stand for long periods
• Don’t lie on your back after the first trimester
• Avoid getting overheated

You’ve probably been told countless times since getting pregnant to just take it easy—and yes, we’re going to repeat that sage advice. When you start to feel lightheaded, you should get some rest.

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