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March 27th, 2010, 06:01 PM
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I was at the mall with Mum before & noticed I was finding it hard to feel like I was catching my breath.. then all of a sudden my head started to go all woozy, my vision went really blurry & I began sweating - Mum said all the colour drained from my face.. I had to go outside to see if that helped but it didn't.. Mum took me to the shop next door where they had some seats, I sat down, noticed that my ears were ringing too & then a minute or so later, I started feeling back to normal.. eye sight came back to normal, head came back to normal & I felt like i could breathe a bit easier... we left the shop & then about a minute later my ringing in my ears went away too. All in all it lasted maybe 5 minutes?

Has anyone had this happen?

I rang my m/w when I got home & she said to just sit down & relax, and to have a sugary drink, that it might have been low blood sugar or something... also that it isn't unheard of for it to happen, in the 3rd trimester.....
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March 27th, 2010, 06:13 PM
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it really does sound like it could have been a low sugar episode....
if you were doing a lot of walking and "burning off" whatever calories/sugar you took in....it could very well have been that.

I have that at times...I am diabetic... and did when pg...
try keeping some hard candies in your purse when you are out an about, or even a juice box or bottle.
hope it doesn't happen again ! It is NOT fun!
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March 27th, 2010, 07:24 PM
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i got that with Ds from low blood sugar - no fun!!!
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March 27th, 2010, 07:26 PM
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thanks ladies, my m/w said it sounded like low blood sugar, so I'm assuming that is what it was. After i posted here, I went and lay down & had a sugary drink, and feel much better. Was pretty scary at the time, I really thought I was going to pass out, but then just as quickly as it came on, it went.... weird.
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March 27th, 2010, 11:18 PM
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In my second trimester i nearly fainted a couple of times. we think i was standing too still LOL. it is a bit scary - i hope you can keep it away - oh and if you have to - just sit where you are! it's better than falling even if it looks silly.
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March 28th, 2010, 05:00 AM
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I have never had something like that happen during pregnancy... but did experience something like that before I got pregnant a few months ago. I am glad you are feeling better! It is very scary when it happens!!
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March 28th, 2010, 09:09 AM
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I'm not diabetic, but I do pass out under the right conditions and all of the things you have described are exactly what happens to me. Sweating, nausea, vision blurs then tunnels, and ears ring. I know if I get to the blurred vision and ears ringing that I need to get down to the ground quickly so I don't fall. If I pass out it is always because I haven't eaten (last time was in pre-op for my D&C and I wasn't allowed to eat for 12 hours before).
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March 28th, 2010, 11:46 AM
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I had one of those episodes yesterday...for the first time...it was weird, and made me nervous for my baby, but she was moving afterwards, so I know it was all ok. I had some water, and something to eat, and laid down for a bit. But other than that, I was fine, and it hasn't happened again, but it did happen suddenly like you said, sweaty, and feeling like I was going to pass out.
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March 28th, 2010, 01:18 PM
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Marci - my midwife told me it is quite common for 'our' stage of pregnancy... She suggested I keep some candies on me when I'm out, so I can have one if I start feeling like that again...
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March 28th, 2010, 03:56 PM
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It happened to me at the mall as well, in line at Baby Gap I couldn't get air and felt all dizzy. I made it to the food court and ate something and felt 100% fine. It has happened 2x since as well, now I pack snacks with me at all times.
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March 28th, 2010, 04:57 PM
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That is a good plan, I will have to get myself some snacks.
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March 29th, 2010, 07:21 AM
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It could be low blood sugar or low blood pressure. Both can cause dizziness and both are fairly common during pregnancy. Keep a snack on hand and make sure you are getting plenty of fluids. I've had quite a bit of problems with dizziness this pregnancy. For me it's mostly been low blood pressure, but I have a glucometer at home and have checked my blood sugars as well and have recently had some problems with low blood sugar too.
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March 29th, 2010, 12:35 PM
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I've had that happen twice so far during this pregnancy and a few times before I was pregnant. It actually happened Saturday in the mall. I got really hot, sweaty, dizzy and knew that I was going to pass out soon. I had a granola bar in my purse and grabbed a bottle of water & a Pepsi from the food court and sat down. After I ate a bit and got some sugar in me I was fine. And then I realized I hadn't eaten anything since breakfast...about 5 hours prior...so I'm just chalking it up to low blood sugar. I think it was totally my fault for not being more careful with eating. Definitely keep a snack in your purse and try to eat/snack every 3 hours or so. It's good to have hard candies for emergencies, but also nuts and peanut butter or cheese is good to keep on hand for a high protein snack in between meals. It sounds crazy, but I throw string cheese in my purse when I'm going out and then snack on that if I haven't eaten in a while. I guess I need to heed my own advice, huh? LOL
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March 29th, 2010, 01:00 PM
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I had a few episodes like that when I was pregnant with DS in 2008. Each time, I almost felt like I was going to faint, my vision went dark and I started sweating. I was better after sitting down. I agree it was most likely low blood sugar or pressure. I typically have low pressure anyways.
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March 29th, 2010, 01:37 PM
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i'm hoping it doesn't happen again, but it's good to have an idea of why it happens!
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