Fainting and Dizziness during Pregnancy

Fainting often occurs during pregnancy as the blood pools in the lower body leaving the brain temporarily deprived of oxygen. Hormonal changes may also cause feelings of flushing and dizziness. If you feel faint, sit down and place your head between your knees, or kneel on all fours. The feeling should pass. Persistent feeling of dizziness should be reported to your doctor or medical professional.

  • Eat regularly to maintain your balance of glycogen and insulin. These are the two hormones that regulate your blood sugar levels. Instability can lead too emotional and energy fluctuations.
  • Avoid standing for long periods of time.
  • When you are standing practise squeezing your leg and buttock muscles to encourage venous blood flow (towards the heart and head)
  • Rise slowly when standing up or getting out of bed.
  • Likewise, avoid jumping out of a bath too quickly.
  • Keep cool in hot weather (pregnant women have an internal heating system which keeps the temperature higher than normal)
  • When relaxing, keep your feet higher than your hips to encourage venous blood flow (this will also help in cases of varicose veins)
  • Carry a bottle of Bach Flower Rescue Remedy to take when you feel faint.
  • When resting, lay on your side as opposed to your back.
  • Self help acupressure point Governing Vessel 26
  • Inhaling oils of ginger or peppermint can alert your sense

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