Post # 1
Have any other Bees suffered from low BP/passing out during pregnancy?
I passed out a lot the year I was 13, due to low BP, but I hadn’t had it happen again until today and it was scary! I’m 24 and this is my first pregnancy (9w 2d). My Mum called my DR and he just said keep fluids up, rest, and keep my feet elevated.
I am hoping this never happens again, especially while pregnant. I had the most awful abdomen pains, which cleared within 10 mins after passing out.
Post # 3
This also happened to me due to low blood pressure.
Please be really carefull.
I could always feel it coming on so I would sit down even in the gutter.
Look out for any warning signs I see a few black spots early on and just felt strange.
Post # 4
@Holly77: I too felt it coming on. I was (TMI) going to the toilet, so I just got on the floor. It was the worst feeling.
Post # 5
@MrsSmokey: you poor thing
Take extra care of yourself and make sure you drink lots of water.
Sit down straight away if you feel weird.
Post # 7
I haven’t actually passed out since being pregnant, but I got very lightheaded a few times early on in my second trimester. I’ve passed out a handful of times in the past and it’s never fun.
Post # 8
I’ve gotten very lightheaded since I got pregnant. I’ve passed out before as well but thankfully I know what comes first now and I immediately sit down so I don’t crash and burn! My problem was that I was drinking so much water (am I the only one CRAVING water?!) that I was diluting my body and didn’t have enough sugar/minerals/electrolytes, etc. My mom told me to drink a bottle (I have a 16oz bottle that I carry 24/7) of Gatorade to replenish everything each morning or whenever I start feeling iffy and I haven’t had a problem since! Well, until Monday when I decided standing for an hour first thing in the morning without food/water was reasonable… Thank goodness for my husband coming to the rescue with Gatorade! Oh, also! I sat down but had trouble clearing the fuzz. Realized the waistband on my pants was cutting into me (shrank my pants in the dryer… Not the best idea when they were starting to get snug anyway!) and as soon as I unhooked them, immediately better. So, not enough electrolytes or too tight clothes have been what set me off! Hope you figure out what works for you soon!! It’s an awful feeling!
Post # 9
@MrsSmokey: yes I have! Low BP girl here, plus I had a pregnancy/stress induced autoimmune disease which meant I was constantly passing out in the last trimester. Advice: don’t bend down for long periods, no jerky or sudden head movements, keep fluids up at all times, DO NOT drive if you’re having a bad day with it, get as close to the floor as possible if you feel a fainting spell coming on and if possible try to arrange not to be alone for long periods (in case you pass out and injure yourself). GL! That’s not an easy thing to put up with.
Post # 10
Standing for long periods and not staying well hydrated definitely contributed to my lightheadedness. It sucked because I have to be on my feet for hours at work. I had to leave work once because I was so close to passing out.
So I agree with the advice to stay hydrated and sit or lie down if possible if you start to feel faint.
Post # 11
I have low BP and used to faint fairly often. I’ve been told that once I sit down I should cross my legs and squeeze my butt/thigh/ab muscles. Apparently it pushes a lot of blood back up to where it needs to be. I’ve (thankfully) only had to try it twice since I was told, but it seems to help.
Post # 12
My friend had low BP/fainting spells her whole pregnancy. She had to be put on medical leave from work because she wasn’t allowed to drive anymore but she had several instances of fainting. Hopefully yours is just a one time situation!
ETA- I have never fainted but I’ve had some moments of light headedness/ diziness in early pregnancy due to the hormones and extra blood flow. It does wonky things to you. I also had lots of heart palpitations, all which are normal accoring to my doctor.
Post # 13
Thanks so much everyone! I am off sick today as I feel light-headed and can’t drive.
I’m feeling very annoyed. My “supervisor” asked me Wednesday if I could pick up an extra day a week (I currently work 4 due to study, so she wants me to work 5 days), during March. I thought okay I will try my best to do the extra day, but then when I called the office today to let her know I won’t be in, it turns out she has “taken the day off”, not because she’s sick, just because.
This annoys me because she told me on Wednesday that she really needs the extra help as she is sinking and herself will be working 5 days for at least the next 6 weeks. What I cannot understand is how she can afford to take today off if she has “so much on” at work.
Sorry for the rant, I am just really really annoyed! There are usually 4 admin girls including myself and my “supervisor”. But it turns out our trainee receptionist also isn’t in today (this is her 4th sick day in the 3 weeks she has been working with us!! – and has also gone home early twice!). So I feel awful for the one admin girl in today 🙁
Post # 14
I’m so glad someone posted about this. I am not pregnant yet but I have super low blood pressure and mild heart palpitations called an ectopic heartbeat. It’s nice that there are things I can do to help.
Post # 15
@MrsSmokey: Sorry to hear that. This happened to me last week. I’m 24 weeks pregnant and was shopping alone when I passed out in the supermarket. Thankfully some lovely strangers called for help and an ambulance rushed me to hospital. I was checked and both bub and I were cleared but such a scary experience. My blood pressure was very low and I’m on bed rest now, also due to a shortened cervix. Take it easy and I hope you don’t have any more problems. Fingers crossed for a safe and healthy pregnancy.
Post # 16
This happened to me while I was in the shower (when pregnant). I banged my head on our glass door on the way down 🙁 Luckily my dogs heard the sound and started barking so my husband came and helped me up. It’s definitely no fun. I wish you a safe, happy, and healthy rest of pregnancy!