If pregnancy has you feeling as if the room’s spinning, you’re not the only one. Dizziness is one of the most common symptoms for pregnant women and usually takes effect in the first trimester. Blame these spins on surging hormones that wreak havoc on the shape and size of your blood vessels. While less common, second trimester dizziness may also be caused by a growing uterus putting pressure on your blood vessels. Whatever may be at the root of the problem, there are some simple steps you can take to feel more grounded. As with any new pregnancy symptom though, be sure to alert your doctor or midwife if your discomfort persists.
Tips for reducing dizziness
- Eat frequently, aiming for five small meals each day. Keep plenty of healthful snacks on hand such as nuts, fruits and whole grains. Avoid long stretches between meals.
- Move slowly, especially when getting up from a sitting or lying down position.
- Keep your blood circulating by elevating your feet when sitting, avoiding standing for long periods of time and wearing comfortable clothing that doesn’t pinch or restrict.
- Stay off your back during sleep and exercise beginning in the second trimester. Your growing uterus puts pressure on a major vein called the vena cava. Pressing on this vein not only causes lightheadedness, but it may also restrict blood flow to your little one.
When to seek medical help
While dizziness is a common and often harmless pregnancy symptom, it may also be a sign of a more serious condition. Alert your doctor right away if you notice any of the following in addition to dizziness:
- Vaginal bleeding
- Abdominal pain
- Blurred vision
Have you been suffering from lightheadedness during your pregnancy? How have you found relief? Share any helpful tips you have with other moms-to-be in the comments below.