help – is fainting dangerous during pregnancy?

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
5479 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

With all the changes in blood pressure, blood volume, and hormones, I think a certain amount of light-headedness is expected.  The bigger worry with actually passing out is potentially hitting your head when you fall.  Definitely check with the doctor since this could be related to low blood pressure, low blood sugar, or dehydration.

Post # 4
1487 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@luli29:  I think like anything else, it CAN be a sign of something more seriously, but more than likely, with no other symptoms, I would say it’s blood pressure or blood sugar.

I DID faint during my first pregnancy, on the floor of a JCPenney.  I hadn’t eaten, and I was feeling sick, so I asked the sales person if I could put my stuff down on her counter while I was waiting.  (Not cut in line, just lean on it.)

She wasn’t even helping anyone, she was chatting.  And she was all “You have to just WAIT, Ma’am.”

It was less than a minute later I hit the floor.  The next thing I knew, some woman was shoving a candy bar in my face.

Honestly, I didn’t even think to call my doctor, I felt totally stupid for letting myself get that hungry.  So it’s good that you did!  They might want to check you out, but I wouldn’t worry too much just now.  (And maybe start carrying some snacks with you, just in case.)

Post # 6
3697 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I think the most dangerous is what could happen when you hit the deck!  There are a lot of “normal” things that could make you feel faint.  Best to be safe though – feel better!

Post # 7
9142 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Time to make it obvious you’re pregnant and ask for a seat if one isn’t available.  I know it’s rough when you’re on public transportation to get a seat but it sounds like your body is telling you it’s time to make your need known to the other passengers.  You definitely don’t want to be passing out alone and in public, who knows what could happen to you?

Post # 8
2403 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

@DaneLady:  agree with what you said. You could be slightly anemic as well

Post # 9
1855 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@luli29:  Definitely don’t feel bad about asking someone to give you their seat for a moment.  Explain the situation and I’m sure they will be more than accomodating.  Otherwise, make sure to stay hydrated and try to keep food on hand to help keep your sugar up.  A granola bar, almonds, raisins, etc.  With the standing, your blood pressure was likely low, but that can also be triggered/exacerbated by dehydration, so make sure to sip your water today 🙂  

Post # 12
1301 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@luli29:  Hi. You poor thing. I would make sure your doc tests you for anemia. This is a very common condition in women and can be exacerbated in pregnancy and can cause fainting. 

I hope you feel better ASAP.  

Post # 13
2808 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Do you have low blood pressure? I’m not PG, but I have really low blood pressure and I’m all too familiar with that feeling. Being hungry/dehydrated always exacerbates the effects of that, so you may want to avoid moving around too suddenly until you get your bearings. Maybe see a Doctor if you’re concerned or if it happens again.

Post # 14
4 posts

I’ve fainted like this twice in my lifetime, and come close a few more times. While I think it is very smart to contact your doctor, look up vasovagal response. This is what has caused my fainting episodes. Both times I actually fainted it happened I was on my feet for a long time and had not eaten – I would get hot, sweaty, nauseous, and then everything goes dark and boom, fainted. Now that I’m pregnant, I’ve had one episode where I felt the symptoms coming, but knew to lay down and try to relax and cool off. I never mentioned it to my doctor because it’s happened before so I recognized it.

Anyways, I hope your doctor has good news for you and that it isn’t something more serious. I thought my experience might offer some comfort. As far as I know there isn’t anything particularly dangerous about this, it just has to do with the vagal nerve. Maybe someone with more medical knowledge could chime in as well.

Post # 15
218 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I’ve had one or two episodes just as you described, during pregnancy.

My doctor advised it’s either low blood pressure, or low blood sugar.

He advised snacking more and drinking more water. Ever since I’ve really been making an effort to follow his advice and I haven’t had any more episodes.

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