It’s common to experience dizziness during pregnancy. Dizziness can make you feel like the room is spinning — called vertigo — or it may make you feel faint, unsteady, or weak. You should always discuss dizziness and other symptoms with your doctor. In some cases, you may require immediate medical attention.
When should I be worried about dizziness during pregnancy?
When Pregnant Women Should Seek Care for Dizziness
Your body is undergoing numerous changes, and the increase in blood volume creates extra work for your heart. But if your dizziness or lightheadedness worsens or you also have serious symptoms such as blurred vision or shortness of breath, tell your doctor.
What helps with dizziness during pregnancy?
Self-care steps for dizziness:
- Stand up slowly from seated or lying positions.
- Change positions often. …
- Don’t get overheated. …
- Try to avoid lying flat on your back during the third trimester.
- Eat regular meals.
- Drink enough fluids.
- Get enough exercise.
Is dizziness common in early pregnancy?
Dizziness is a common pregnancy symptom. As with many first trimester symptoms, it often goes away without intervention. However, dizziness may return later in pregnancy, as the growing uterus puts pressure on various blood vessels. If dizziness is severe, a doctor may recommend diagnostic tests, especially for anemia.
Why do I feel dizzy and light headed while pregnant?
The main cause of dizziness in pregnancy is due to the rising hormones that cause your blood vessels to relax and widen. This helps increase the blood flow to your baby, but it slows the return of the blood in the veins to you.
What makes a pregnant woman to feel dizzy?
Often, your blood pressure will drop during pregnancy, also known as hypotension or low blood pressure. Low blood pressure can cause you to feel dizzy, especially when moving from lying down or sitting to standing. Your doctor will check your blood pressure at your prenatal appointments to monitor your blood pressure.
How long does dizziness in pregnancy last?
Once they start, dizzy spells can often last through the rest of your pregnancy. But they should subside after your baby is born.
How can I stop feeling dizzy?
How you can treat dizziness yourself
- lie down until dizziness passes, then get up slowly.
- move slowly and carefully.
- get plenty of rest.
- drink plenty of fluids, especially water.
- avoid coffee, cigarettes, alcohol and drugs.
What does it mean if you get dizzy?
Dizziness has many possible causes, including inner ear disturbance, motion sickness and medication effects. Sometimes it’s caused by an underlying health condition, such as poor circulation, infection or injury. The way dizziness makes you feel and your triggers provide clues for possible causes.
What should you feel at 6 weeks pregnant?
6 weeks pregnant: What to expect
You might have PMS symptoms like fatigue, sore breasts, and headaches. You may experience morning sickness. Your baby is still teeny-tiny: About the size of a grain of rice or a pomegranate seed. Your baby is growing their brain and spinal cord, and their heart is beginning to beat.