(Closed) Dizzy…anemia?

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I had anemia before pregnancy and it is being carefully controlled with iron supplements.  I too had the extreme dizziness (fell a few times but luckily caught myself before hitting the floor and fell into the bed once) and the headaches.  These can also be symptoms of dehydration and also hunger. If your morning sickness has passed, maybe see if you can get back on the regular prenatal vitamin?  Or ask for a blood test to see if your iron is low?  I know if I go a few days without my supplement I will feel sick. I am 15 weeks today, so we’re at about the same point.  I have not had any fainty type spells in a while, and have been very diligent about my vitamins 🙂

 

No matter what, I do hope you feel better and that your doctor can help you make a good choice.  Try to drink some extra water and also eat more regularly (sounds like you are a bit off food).  Just curious… before getting pregnant, were you a heavy caffeine drinker/ingest-er?

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I was having similar issues witht the dizziness- be careful with not standing up too fast, and definitely make sure you’re getting enough water. I noticed mine were worse when I was dehydrated or my blood sugar was low. It started around 15-16 weeks for me and has definitely gotten better. I did not have any anemia issues.

Definitely ask your doctor about putting you back on the prenatal with the iron now that you’refeeling better though! Or look at ways to get it via diet- there’s lots of veggies and even while grains that are good sources of iron, like oatmeal. 🙂

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I get that all the time and I am neither pregnant or anemic. It’s a postural imbalance in blood pressure. Sit and stand more slowly than you think you need to. If you are feeling dizzy then slowly ease yourself to the floor. If you are near something waist height, then use it to brace yourself as you lean over, bending at the waist. When the blood hits your brain you will feel better.

ETA if you want to talk to your doctor about it, it’s called Orthostatic Hypotension.

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I have a condition called vasovagal syncope, which is fancy for “fainting” and when I stand or sit for too long, the blood flows to my feet and my heart won’t pump in back up properly. Apparently people usually faint when their heart speeds up too quickly, but mine stops completely for about 30 seconds. I’ve had it since I was two and it took 17 years to diagnose it. It causes extreme dizziness and eventually fainting..it usually takes me about 10 minutes standing perfectly still to pass out. I thought it was anemia at first.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Be careful This happened to me when I was pregnant with my little one and I passed out in public hitting a chair on my down cracking a rib. as soon as you feel dizzy sit down dont try to make it to a chair (what I was doing) sit down where you are. and my problem was I was anemic

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@TurtleDoves:  Let us know how drinking more water goes!  If you can handle it, gatorade (or G2- lower on calories) or powerade is a good choice too.  If you had bad morning sickness, the extra electrolytes might help a lot. A little bit of caffiene might help the headaches as well, as it widens your blood vessels a little bit (so more blood would get there).  Maybe try something with very low caffeine (like a little chocolate) or half of a can of soda or half a cup of coffee.  Headaches are really painful and I hate to see you suffer if it can be helped!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Definitely ask your OB about it so they can test for anemia, but I had exactly what you’re describing and it was just blood pressure issues.  When you’re PG, your blood volume increases remarkably, so your body has to accomodate more blood in the same size vessels, etc.  My OB recommended a can of pepsi per day or half a cup of coffee; the caffeine helps with capillary/vessel dilation and lets the blood flow more easily.  Also, like PP said, standing VERY slowly will help.  I still have to do this sometimes b/c of my low blood pressure.  But regardless, talk to your OB about your concerns.

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