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Lightheadedness and Weakness During Pregnancy

Feeling faint or weak but don't know whether you should be worried? Answers to all your questions about lightheadedness and weakness during pregnancy.

What is weakness during pregnancy?

You might feel physically tired or run-down, or like you could faint.

What might be causing my weakness during pregnancy?

Many women feel weak and lightheaded during pregnancy, especially after standing for long periods of time, says Jennifer Keller, MD, assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences. Conditions such as anemiahypothyroidism or hyperthyroidismflu or other illnesses can cause fatigue and weakness too.

When should I go to the doctor with weakness during pregnancy?

If you’re getting a full-night’s sleep and staying well-hydrated, but you still experience  symptoms that begin to interfere with your daily routine, call your doctor, Keller says.

How do I treat weakness during pregnancy?

Drink at least 10 glasses of water a day (more in hot weather), because dehydration can make you feel weaker.
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