Dizziness During Late Pregnancy

Submitted by Nic on January 17, 2012

Dizziness during pregnancy is not uncommon, and many women do feel dizzy or lightheaded during pregnancy. There is no reason to worry as your is as the body is making adjustments to the changes in the cardiovascular system. The heart rate goes up and your heart pumps more blood in a minute and the quantity of blood increases by 40 to 45 percent. Blood pressure rises in early pregnancy, becomes lowest in the middle, and rises again towards the end of the pregnancy. Generally, the body adjusts to the changes, but in case the nervous and cardiovascular systems do not adjust, it causes dizziness during pregnancy.

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Nausea and dizziness during late pregnancy is not very common, and if you are fainting during late pregnancy, call the medical practitioner for help. Dizziness during late pregnancy can mean that something is wrong; it can be due to high blood pressure, and you will need medical attention if you are in predicament that will harm you and your baby.

One may feel dizziness during pregnancy due to getting up too fast from the bed or standing suddenly after sitting for longer periods, spending too much time in heated environment like a crowded room or in hot bath, or if you hyperventilate when you exercise excessively.


In such conditions, take time get up from the bed or stand slowly, take a cool shower, and don’t over exercise. Some women do feel faint when they do not eat enough or when they strain to cough, urinate and have a bowel movement. In these instances, blood pressure dips causing fainting and dizziness during late pregnancy.

Dizziness during late ovulation could be early signs of low blood pressure and low sugar levels. This can be remedied by taking right diet and taking plenty of fluids. Dizziness during pregnancy and feeling lightheaded due to heat, hunger or exhaustion can be remedied by taking the needed measures like resting and eating well. Lie on your left side to bring more blood to the heart and head as it helps relieve dizziness during late pregnancy.

In case fainting and dizziness during late pregnancy is accompanied by blurred vision, severe headaches, impaired speech, numbness, tingling or palpitations that you faint, you could in more serious trouble than expected; this needs immediate medical attention. Fainting during late pregnancy can also mean low iron, high blood pressure, low blood sugar, dehydration, and water retention. Drink plenty of water even it means urinating more often.

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