Dizziness and Fainting During Pregnancy: When to Worry | Parents

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Pregnant women especially get lightheaded, and dizzy, and occasionally fainted if they're standing in one place for a prolonged period of time. So, if you have the type of job where that's you and you're standing and you don't get to move around much, you are probably more likely to have those symptoms. And my best advise for someone like that is to try to move your legs around and get your circulation going. And if you need to, you need to sit 'cause that will be the best thing to do to address it.

Other causes of dizziness and lightheadedness in pregnancy can include hypoglycemia and so I always tell patients to have a snack on you and then the importance of planning ahead so that if that symptom hits you then you're prepared. And then another cause could be anemia. So, your doctor will do a blood test in the first trimester to see if you are anemic. And if you are, in addition to prenatal vitamins, you should be taking some iron supplements.

Overall, I'd say you should always call your doctor if you have dizziness and especially if you have fainting. But for a patient who doesn't have any preexisting medical conditions like high blood pressure or heart disease, most of the time if it's an isolated finding, it's not gonna be serious for the pregnancy.

Dizziness and Fainting During Pregnancy: When to Worry | Parents

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