(Closed) Jittery, light headed, dizzy, what could this be?

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@MarryMeTiffany:  Sounds like it might be something with your blood sugar? (this is on the pregnancy board so i”m assuming you’re pregnant)– have you had your sugar checked? I’m not positive of the symptoms of gestational diabetes, but since it’s tied to eating, that would be my first non-professional guess.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

Sounds like low blood sugar. Try grabbing a candy bar. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Low blood sugar! I get the same thing – always keep a granola bar, candy bar, fruit juice, etc. with you if you know you won’t be able to eat again soon. For quick relief, have something with a high sugar content (like fruit juice) but follow it with a complex carb, like a piece of bread, rice, etc. so you don’t crash again right after your body responds to the new sugar in your system.

ETA: I’m not necessarily “hungry” when I feel this way either, but I give my body the food anyway. Low blood sugar can be dangerous if not treated properly, so I’ll gladly take in the extra calories! I need them anyway! ๐Ÿ™‚

@love108:  It’s not necessarily a sign of GD… I get it because my pancreas reacts very quickly to high sugar foods (as opposed to not enough in GD) so my sugar drops.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@MarryMeTiffany:  It doesn’t hurt to bring it up. I’ve always had a little bit of an issue with low blood sugar, but it’s been made a lot worse with pregnancy. My midwives thought I failed my GD test because I reacted so poorly after drinking the solution (jittery, heart racing, feeling like I was going to vomit, weak in the knees) – but my reaction was because sugar dropped back down too quickly.

I didn’t have a formal test when this first started happening – it was more of a trial and error thing. I’m a nurse myself, so I knew what the signs and symptoms of low blood sugar were but I didn’t put it together for a while when it came to myself! I wouldn’t think they’d make you do a fasting blood test since it isn’t the healthiest thing to try to get yourself to have low blood sugar, but in a doc’s office with proper monitoring it would be okay.

I just know in the back of my mind that I HAVE to eat every 2-3 hours or I start feeling like crap!

ETA: I would call them in the AM since you haven’t had this happen before. I knew what was causing my symptoms, so when I mentioned it during a routine checkup the midwives just confirmed my suspicions.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@shimmerofheaven:  Yeah, I wanted to make it clear I know very little about GD, but I figured I’d mention it, esp. if she’s having blood sugar problems ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@love108:  I’m just learning about it myself ๐Ÿ™‚ Lovely things preggo women go through, huh?

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@MarryMeTiffany:  Haha I actually eat when I get up to pee in the middle of the night. I’ll grab a string cheese or something little to tide me over until I can have breakfast a few hours later! Honestly, this has gotten worse as my pregnancy has progressed (personally), so you might be better off with some mid-night snacking to get you through! I’ve definitely noticed a difference when I let myself eat in the middle of the night!

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

It sounds like gestational diabetes…but if so, you want to eat snacks that aren’t high in sugar, but high in protein or complex carbs. String cheese is a good snack, veggies, whole wheat crackers and peanut butter are all snacks that can stablize your blood sugar.

But that’s just a possibility, definitely tell your doctor and they can run a blood test/glucose test.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Could it also be linked to low blood pressure?  Like a combo of the two?

Hope you start feeling better soon!

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@MarryMeTiffany:  I’m on board with all PP about it being a blood sugar issue, but I just wanted to let you know that my Mom had GD diabetes with my kid brother and he turned out perfect and healthy:) It was just something she had to manage while she was pregnant and it had no ill effects on the baby. He’s a tall one too (6’3″), so no stunted growth ๐Ÿ˜‰

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