How do you deal with syncope(fainting) and pregnancy?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m not pregnant, never have been. But I have suffered with syncope for the past 15 years. I haven’t found a “cure” per se, but I have learned to identify the symptoms of a fainting spell. Lightheadedness, black spots in my vision, and fuzzy hearing all tend to happen just before i faint. When these things happen, I  only have a couple minutes. I don’t think it’s any reason not to have children, though. If you feel a spell coming, the best thing to do is lay down, elevate your feet. 10-15 minutes of this should buy you enough time to get some water and sugar in your system. And then continue for as long as it takes. Make sure your husband is aware of what you’re going through, I guarantee he won’t want you to suffer in silence. 

it will be okay. Don’t worry too much.

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

I found out in October that I also had that. And like iammcdibble said, once you feel those exact symptoms, you can do something about it. I immediately lay down & whip out a smelling salt. 

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I just found out I had this a couple months ago.  like the other bees, I can feel the symptoms coming on (clammy, light headed, tunnel vision & my fiancé says my lips turn blue).  All it takes is for me to sit down/lay down for about 10 minutes and the feeling passes! Don’t be worried about a pregnancy, I’m sure you will become attune to these symptoms too! 🙂 

I did have a question though for you ladies– I’m getting married 12/28/13 and am TERRIFIED of fainting during the ceremony. My syncope occurs after standing still (ex. waiting in line) it could even happen only after 10-15 minutes of standing still.  i wont have any place to sit during the ceremony & don’t want to cause a scene… Did anything like this happen to y’all on y’all’s wedding day? 

Thanks for the help! I’ve never met/talked with anyone else who has syncope! Thanks 🙂 

@candy11:  

@Rubbs:  

@iammcdibble:  

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

@PeachPineapple:   You said you tended to faint after standing. Do you lock your knees when you stand? That could be part of the problem. Locking your knees slows blood flow which causes less oxygen in the brain and leads to fainting.

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@ForeverBirds:  People have pointed out that I do lock my knees when I stand!  My doctor actually mentioned doing some calf raises while I’m standing still.  Thank you for the tip!  Since I will be in heels, maybe that’s an “automatic” calf raise, haha!  I will be more conscious about how I stand!  Thanks 🙂 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

@PeachPineapple:   No problem! I just remember our band director getting onto people for that reason. I’d forgotten about that tip till I read your post.

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@candy11:  I didnt know there was a name for constantly fainting! But I’ve fainted very frequently since I was 19.

I am pregnant, and I actually faint less now! A LOT less. Only once in the last three months!

I am EXTREMELY light-headed, though. Almost constantly. I also frequently stand up and come very close to fainting. You really learn to cope, though. I always make sure I’m standing next to a wall/furniture/person to brace myself on.

And the one time I felt myself fainting, I made sure I had a more controlled drop to the floor, and laid on my side.

I wouldn’t consider it a reason never to get pregnant unless your doctor says otherwise!

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@PeachPineapple:  I was also terrified of that happening too! I actually started getting the lightheadedness the day before while getting a pedicure! Luckily I was already sitting sorta back and I just kept saying to myself Relax, Relax, you’re okay… On my wedding the next day I made sure I had a Xanex available in my bag, but surprisingly, I didn’t need it. I was so pumped up on adrenaline & excited that I couldn’t believe I was okay! I’m the same way in that I get nervous being the spotlight. I was able to sit during the ceremony which probably helped. But try to do your best in talking yourself out of it. It has worked for me on a number if occasions. And if you are not opposed to taking medicine, ask your doctor for a .25mg dose. 

Oh and I never go anywhere without smelling salts! That’s like my security blanket. 

😉

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@Rubbs:  Oh, no!  Pedicures are supposed to be relaxing, haha!  Thank you so much for the advice.  I probably won’t take a Xanax- but I’ll definitely work on my breathing and talking to myself to calm down.  You’re probably right, when the big day comes I’ll probably have so much adrenaline too that I won’t even have time to be nervous/anxious.  Thanks for sharing your story, it give me SO much relief!  Hopefully I won’t faint, haha!  

Where did you buy the smelling salts?  I’ve never thought of that!  Do you use them right as you get the symptons?  I’m wondering if I start feeling the symptoms during the middle of the ceremony I can pull them out, do a “quick sniff” (idk, it might look like I’m wiping a tear or something, haha) and just continue on!  That way I don’t have to call a quick 5 minute break to sit, haha.  Thank you so much again! 🙂

 

I’m sorry @candy11:  that I am blowing up your post!  I just never thought to consult anyone on here about the syncope issue & I have been really stressing over it! 

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@PeachPineapple:  Aww…you’re welcome! You can find them in many drug stores. They’re pretty potent, so hopefully you won’t have to use one. But yeah, if you needed to, you can easily crack one open. 

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@Rubbs:  Great!  Thanks again, I will definitely stop by the drug store next time I’m out to pick up some! 🙂 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@candy11:  I also faint when I get needles/blood draws, etc. I even fainted in health class once when a teacher described giving birth. No video or anything. So I was really worried about this too while TTC. I’ve never not fainted for a needle in my life until I got pregnant. I’m 27 weeks along now, have had 5 blood draws and haven’t fainted for a single one. My doctor said that it’s probably because blood volume is so much higher while pregnant that my blood pressure can’t drop fast enough for me to faint like it used to.

So, don’t worry too much about it until you get there. You may be just fine. 🙂 That said, have someone drive you to appointments for bloodwork just in case.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee

@candy11:  You really should lay or sit down as soon as you recognize the signs. Don’t try to walk- the one time I passed out I tried to walk and hit the ground instead! And keep an eye on your blood sugar- if you feel like you need to faint a lot, keep small candies in your purse and suck on one when you feel lightheaded.

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