(Closed) Very faint while standing…

posted 7 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
7587 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@bpcmarj:  I have passed out actually. I get dizzy quite often or see spots here and there. When talking to my midwife she said it’s very common for this to happen. She cited 3 main reasons: standing up too fast, over exsertion, and standing in one place without moving for too long.

It sounds like you’re issue was the 3rd. She said when standing you want to keep moving in order to keep the blood flowing.

Post # 6
42 posts
  • Wedding: May 2010

I’m about 19 weeks along now and I’ve had this happen to me 3 or 4 times within the past month or so…usually it’s when I’m standing for a long period of time (20 mins or more).  It’s scary because all of a sudden I feel hot and light-headed and then it goes immediately to feeling like I’m going to pass out.  The worst was when we were waiting to be seated at a restaurant – I had to beg the hostess to let me sit down in any empty seat or else I would have been on the floor!  As soon as I sit down right away and have water, I’m fine.  I have been trying to prevent it from happening by staying hydrated and keeping granola bars or snacks in my purse if I know I’ll be out and about for a while.

Post # 7
1116 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

This happened to me a ton in my first tri.  It got to the point of being really hot, seeing stars, and nearly blacking out.  I normally have low-end blood pressure, and I think the demands on blood volume in pregnancy just gave me fits when I stood too long.  Like others have suggested, start keeping snacks and water in your purse.  Mini snickers actually work really well for me.  Also, sitting down when you first feel it will keep the lightheadedness from getting worse.  And if you have a bad spell, lie down on your left side – it gets the blood back to your brain the fastest.

Post # 8
441 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I passed out a couple of weeks ago at 24 weeks. I took a long, hot shower and as I was getting ready in front of the vanity in the bathroom I started getting dizzy. I don’t remember going to the bed, but I woke up there 45 minutes later. My Dr told me that it is one of the undesirables of being pregnant and to avoid the long, hot showers. It was scary! I’m glad you are okay!

Post # 9
2866 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I had this happen prior to pregnancy and then more frequently during my pregnancy. My doctor said it might be low blood sugar but my glucose test came back okay.

Basically there’s so much going on with your body that it could be no big deal (perhaps you just hadn’t eaten enough that day) but definitely mention things like that to your doctor and keep track if it happens regularly.

Post # 10
568 posts
Busy bee

it sounds like low blood sugar. keep lifesavers with you for a quick boost of sugar when it’s needed.

Post # 11
9029 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Yeah I agree it does sound like low blood sugar. I had this happen to me whilst standing in line at kohls but thankfully i carry lots of snacks with me so once I had something to eat I felt much better

Post # 12
2190 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I have this too…It’s always when I’m cooking, showering and getting ready. I have to sit down for about 30 minutes during or after. For me, it’s not low blood sugar but just what mwitter’s midwife said–you have to keep the blood flowing. Steam/heat doesn’t seem to help either.


Post # 13
146 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Ask your doctor to take blood work and check your iron.

I’m not pregnant but the symptoms you describe have happened to me before and my blood work came back as anemic.   Women are typically prone to low iron and being pregnant probably makes it worse.

Get your blood checked!

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