Dizziness in pregnancy, is it normal?

Expert answer:

Yes, it is common during pregnancy for a woman to feel dizzy when getting up on warmer days or when she remains for many hours without feeding. These symptoms occur due to changes in blood pressure caused by hormones (estrogen and progesterone) that occurred at this stage, or as a consequence of hypoglycemia caused by low blood sugar and brain levels due to poor diet.

The pregnant woman can alleviate this problem by seeking to feed frequently, every three hours, with light and nutritious foods, such as fruits (between mealtimes). Higher fluid intake, especially on hot days, is also important. You should always try to get up more slowly and if you are lying down, you should first sit on the bed, wait a few minutes and then stand. This is important to allow the adjustment of blood pressure to the standing position and improve blood flow to the brain, avoiding dizziness (postural hypotension).

Dizziness in pregnancy, what to do?

When feeling dizzy you should try to sit as fast as possible and lower your head between your legs. If possible, you should lie down, because in that position the blood flow to the brain is facilitated, avoiding falls. It is also important to always have some kind of food available (biscuit or fruit) in case you can not feed at the appropriate times and thus avoid dizziness due to hypoglycemia.

In situations where dizziness is very frequent or accompanied by other signs and symptoms such as confusion, fainting, cold sweats, pain and bleeding, seek emergency medical attention.

The obstetrician is the doctor appointed to advise on the changes that have occurred during pregnancy.

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