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Dizziness and Fainting

Pregnancy > Health and Development > Dizziness and Fainting

Feeling dizzy and even fainting when pregnant, while disturbing, is actually quite common and is usually caused by a lack of blood and therefore oxygen being delivered to the brain. Again this happens during pregnancy as a result of hormonal changes and is most likely to occur if you stand too quickly out of a chair or from a prone position or stand for long periods of time. When you stand blood is pulled down into your legs, reducing your blood pressure. If your autonomic nervous system doesn't act quickly enough to counteract this, the reduction in oxygen to the brain makes you feel dizzy and faint.

In order to avoid this it is best to try to rise slowly especially after sitting for long periods of time. It is advised that pregnant women in their third trimester should not lie on their back as this can also cause dizziness. If this happens doctors advise you to turn and lay on your side.



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