Causes & Symptoms of Low Blood Pressure During Pregnancy

Low blood pressure also referred to as hypotension is caused by reduced flow of blood from your heart to other part of your body. Occurrence of high and low blood pressure during pregnancy is very common, although low blood pressure during pregnancy is more common during the early months. You need to take utmost care in this regard and you should never ignore it. By the end of first two trimesters, the blood pressure levels tend to return to the normal.

Causes of Low Blood Pressure in Pregnancy

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Low blood pressure during pregnancy usually occurs in order to cater to the supply of blood to the growing baby. Other causes of low blood pressure during pregnancy are as under:

  • Secretion of certain hormones related specifically to the changes in the body during pregnancy.
  • Pressure on the blood vessels resulting from the growth of the uterus.
  • Dehydration is another common cause of low blood pressure during pregnancy. This can occur due to inadequate intake of water and other fluids as well as prolonged exposure to sun and heat.
  • Emotional stress and strain.
  • Anemia and low sugar levels also referred to as hypoglycemia are other major causes of low blood pressure during pregnancy.
  • Deficiency of certain minerals and nutrients in the diet.

Low Blood Pressure Symptoms in Pregnancy

Low blood pressure during pregnancy symptoms are as listed below:

  • Heaviness in the head, dizziness, and even fainting
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Depression
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Blurred vision
  • Loss of appetite

If you are pregnant and happen to experience these symptoms, you should consult your health care provider immediately for treatment. While undergoing treatment, you doctor will maintain the blood pressure chart also termed as the low blood pressure during pregnancy chart. You should also follow the points mentioned below in order to prevent the occurrence of hypotension:

Preventing Hypotension in Pregnancy

  • Drink plenty of water and your favorite juices at regular intervals in order to prevent dehydration.
  • In order to prevent hypoglycemia and anemia, you need to follow a healthy dietary plan. Ask your dietician to make the requisite dietary plan for you.
  • Instead of lying on your back, you should try to lie on your side.
  • Do a mild workout regularly and go for walks in the morning as well as evening. It will greatly help in improving your blood circulation.

These steps not only prevent the occurrence of low blood pressure during pregnancy but also serve as the natural cures for low blood pressure during pregnancy.

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