(Closed) Fainting Spells?

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@JewishBride:  Did you eat before the service? Sometimes if you don’t eat enough you can faint from low blood sugar. If you haven’t had enough to drink, you can faint from being dehydrated. That can happen if you’re not pregnant, but I suspect being pregnant can make it worse, since you’re eating for two.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

It could be low blood sugar, dehydration, low pressure or something else. Definitely call your doctor and try to get in for a visit tomorrow.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@JewishBride:  I keep granola bars in my purse and eat them if I realize it has been awhile since I’ve eaten and I’m feeling symptoms (I get numbness/tingling in addition to dizziness, being lightheaded or loss of vision) of low blood sugar. I don’t feel faint very often, but having something on hand really helps make it go away without me passing out. And granola bars are pretty good for you and don’t go bad.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

That happened to me a lot during PG; for me, they were typically dehydration and/or low blood pressure.  Ask your doc, but mine recommended having a can of coke or half a cup of coffee a day since the caffeine helps dilate the capillaries and allows blood to flow a little more easily.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Sounds like vena cava syndrome.  When your baby rests on your inferior vena cava causing you to pass out. Its more common in the 3rd tri but it can happen as soon as the baby gets big enough to compress your vena cava.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@JewishBride:  I’ve never been pregnant but I have heard that this happens often with pregnant women.  In fact, a few years ago I fainted on the subway and when I came around a woman asked me if I was pregnant.  I said, “gosh, I hope not!” lol.  I had eaten a sugary breakfast which spiked my blood sugar and then it crashed resulting in the episode on the train.  After a couple of more episodes, and some other issues, I decided to eliminate sugar and most carbs from my diet and haven’t had a problem since.  Like some of the previous posters said, it could be low sugar, dehydration, or low blood pressure.  And, as you mentioned, it’s important to make sure you eat often!  Maybe more than you think you need to since you’re eating for two 🙂 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

It happened to me in the 1st tri a lot.  I have low blood pressure as it is, but waiting too long to eat, or eating a sugary breakfast as you did definitely triggered me. 

Now I skip the juice if I’m having something like pancakes. I make sure to have a protein with it and milk and lots of water throughout the day and it hasn’t happened to me since.  Good luck!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

It’s common–but until your doc clears you, you need to tell your doc. There are a very few times that is can be something more.

Good luck and I hope you feel better soon!

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@JewishBride:  How did it go? I hope you’re feeling better!

I’m have a day like that today and the on call nurse told me to go home from work and rest–and then not worry if it went away. If it happens for a few days in a row, or gets more severe, she said to go to the ER.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@JewishBride:  buy the pregnant lady snacks! glad you’re feeling better!

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@JewishBride:  When I was PG, I always had a baggie of granola.  

This stuff should be in your local grocery store and there are 5 small baggies packed with protein, carbs, and healthy sugars.  A great mix to ward off the dizziness, and small enough to fit in your purse/glove box/etc.

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