Dizziness During Pregnancy First Trimester

Submitted by Nick on January 18, 2012

It is common for most women to feel faint or dizzy during their pregnancy. Dizziness during pregnancy first trimester is very common, but dizziness may also be observed throughout the term of your pregnancy. This caused due to the increase of hormones that cause your blood vessels to loosen up and widen. As a result of this, the flow of blood to your baby increases and the blood returning to you in your veins slows down. Your blood pressure lowers and this in turn leads to a reduction of blood flowing into your brain, causing dizziness which, in most cases, is temporary.


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Dizziness during your pregnancy first trimester is caused due to lowered blood sugar levels in your body. This happens as your body needs time to adjust to changes taking place in your metabolism. It is found that women suffering from varicose veins and anemia are more prone to dizziness as compared to others.

There are a number of remedies that can help to reduce dizziness during pregnancy first trimester. These include

  • You should avoid standing for a long time. If your job demands that you stand ensure that you keep moving your feet, as this will increase circulation.
  • If you need to stand up from a supine or sitting position make sure you slowly get up instead of getting up suddenly. This can help prevent dizziness during pregnancy first trimester.
  • Avoid hot showers or baths. It is also best to avoid a hot soak, although you can soak your feet in hot water if you wish to.
  • Make sure you wear clothes that are loose and comfortable as they will allow circulation.
  • Eat regular meals. Try snacking on healthy food in between meals. You can also read about fainting during pregnancy

If you do feel dizziness during your pregnancy first trimester, here are some things you can do:

  • Lie down and lower the position of your head.
  • Take in deep breaths of air and regulate your breathing.
  • Windows, if closed, should be opened and you should move towards a place where the air is in circulation.
  • Ensure that you eat foods that are rich in iron.
  • Loosen any tight clothes that you are wearing.

Dizziness during pregnancy at 6 weeks or in your first trimester as mentioned is very common and there is no need to panic. However, contact your doctor immediately if there is any vaginal bleeding and abdominal pain accompanying the dizziness. This could be due to placental abruption, an ectopic pregnancy, or a placenta that is low-lying. You must also call your doctor if the dizziness persists and is accompanied by headaches, palpitations, and blurred visions. Sometimes dizziness is also accompanied by symptoms such as nausea during pregnancy first trimester.

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