Post # 1
Hi all! I’m almost 27 weeks and just got the weirdest symptom. It’s the first time that this has heppened to me, but I thought I would see if anyone else gets thinks like this, too.
I was making sauce at the stove, so I was probably standing for about 20 minutes prepping everything to go into the crock pot. I had almost everything all set and then I felt really. really faint. I had to call Darling Husband down to the kitchen to finish while I sat down or else I really thought that I would have been on the floor.
I drank a glass of OJ and sat down and now am feeling a little bit better. Anyone ever have this happen? I have an appointment with the midwife in 2 weeks, but I don’t know if this is normal or this is something that I should call her about.
Post # 3
@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 # 4
@mwitter80: Thank you for the reassurance!!
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Post # 6
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
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
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
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
it sounds like low blood sugar. keep lifesavers with you for a quick boost of sugar when it’s needed.
Post # 11
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
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
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!
Post # 14
Thanks for all of your responses!! I am somewhat glad that I am not alone in feeling like that, but wish none of us had to!
I haven’t had any symptom similar to that, so I imagine that I just stood in one place for too long. I had already eaten breakfast that morning, but I guess it could have been low blood sugar, too.
@Nicoso: I don’t think it’s low iron as my blood was tested maybe two weeks ago and she said my iron levels were normal, but you’re right that you are more likely to be anemic when pregnant! Thanks for the input!