Coping with Faintness during Pregnancy

Updated at: Apr 05, 2012
Coping with Faintness during Pregnancy

Faintness in Pregnancy - Fainting during pregnancy is a commonly reported occurrence. This is a result of the fact that a woman’s body undergoes remarkable changes and blood levels rise rapidly in the body.

Gunjan Rastogi
PregnancyWritten by: Gunjan RastogiPublished at: Feb 02, 2012

Faintness during Pregnancy

Pregnancy is the most wonderful experience of a woman’s life, but during this period, her body witnesses many changes. Due to these changes, pregnant women experience dizziness, light-headedness and, sometimes, vertigo. The cardiovascular system undergoes remarkable changes; the amount of blood in the body increases by 40-45%, the heart rate increases and it starts pumping more blood per minute.

With every progressing week during pregnancy, the blood pressure level keeps varying. In the initial months, the blood pressure decreases to a certain level; in the mid months, it drops to the lowest and by the end of the pregnancy, it starts getting back to normal. This continuous shift in blood pressure often results in dizziness, which is very common during pregnancy. If you experience faintness, you must visit a doctor.


Here are a few tips that will help you to cope with dizziness and faintness:

  1. If you are feeling light-headed or dizzy, lie down as soon as possible. If this is not possible, sit down immediately to save yourself from falling on the ground.
  2. Stay hydrated and carry few healthy snacks such as baked potato chips or cookies, wherever you go. Drink at least 8-9 glasses of water because it will regulate your body temperature and calm you down whenever anxiety levels shoot up.
    In pregnancy, you experience sudden hunger pangs that can easily be satisfied by small amount of food. This also prevents your sugar levels from dipping low.
  3. In the second and third trimester of pregnancy, some women feel anxiety and nausea by lying flat on their back. This happens because the developing uterus slows the circulation of the blood in your legs. To avoid this, lying on the either side of your body is beneficial than lying on the back (left side is considered the best position).
  4. You need to stand up slowly rather than getting up too quickly. When you are sitting, the blood runs towards the lower body and in an upright position, it returns to the heart. If you stand up too quickly, it will lower your blood pressure level that will make you faint.
  5. If you are anaemic, you need to consume iron-rich diet and take prenatal vitamins and mineral supplements with it. The best solution is to consult your doctor about the dosage if you require them at all. This reduces the risk of preterm delivery, low-birth weight and infant mortality.
  6. Exercising also helps in proper circulation of the blood, but excessive exercising can cause anxiety, sensation and tiredness. Due to this, you will feel dizzy and can therefore, faint during  pregnancy.  

If you feel pain in your abdomen, consult your doctor immediately. It could also be a case of ectopic pregnancy. Blurred vision, palpitations, numbness accompanied by dizziness can also give rise to serious problems during pregnancy.

What all of you must do is take appropriate precautions and follow what the doctor says. This will help you get through the tumult of faintness with ease.


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