It is essential that you learn how to manage feeling light-headed and the symptoms of dizziness so that you don't accidentally fall. Falling could cause injury to the baby, so it is best to avoid the loss of consciousness and remain upright if you can. Here are some tips for avoiding the sensation, or coping with it, once it starts:
Preventing the Dizzies
- Avoid Standing Too Quickly — If you have been lying down, try sitting up for a few minutes before standing to help your blood flow adjust. Moving your ankles around in a circle can help increase blood flow, so things are moving around efficiently before you stand. Take your time; you can prevent most dizzy spells by moving slowly.
- Avoid Excessive Heat — Whether it is the hot summer sun or an overheated house, raising your body temperature can increase your chances of feeling dizzy or faint. Keep your sun time to a minimum, be sure to drink lots of water (more if you play outdoors), and avoid hot baths and showers that might cause shifts in blood volume that leads to light-headed feelings.
- Eating Small Snacks Regularly — Including complex carbohydrates and protein in regular small snacks can help create gradual energy without the highs and lows of blood sugar that can lead to low blood volume and dizziness.
-Stay Hydrated — Staying hydrated can help you prevent feeling faint or actual fainting. Drinking ample amounts of water will help you avoid feeling dizzy, it can help keep up your amniotic fluid levels, and prevent constipation which is a win-win all the way around.
- Do the Shuffle — If you need to stand for a prolonged period, try shifting weight from one foot to another to prevent feelings of lightheadedness. If possible, walk around slowly to keep blood flowing (only try this if you are not already dizzy).
- When Dizziness Strikes — In the event you feel faint or light-headed, sit or lay down immediately to avoid the risk of falling. Falling can lead to injuries to mom or baby, so you must stay aware of how you're feeling and act accordingly. Try sitting and putting your head between your knees if you can (sometimes bellies are too big for this). If it's possible, you can also try laying down and raising your feet above the level of your head, so the blood in your legs returns to your brain as quickly as possible. After you start feeling better, you can sit up slowly and give yourself a few minutes to stand to avoid a replay.
- American Pregnancy Association - Pregnancy and Dizzines
- WebMD - Dizziness