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July 6th, 2011, 09:20 AM
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Is anyone else experiencing this? I tend to have fainting spells because I have low blood pressure, but they've gotten a lot worse since I've been pregnant, and this week in particular the dizzyness has been near-constant. I can't do any work that requires standing (even if it's moving around, not standing still) for more than about 5 minutes before I start feeling faint and I need to sit down.

What the heck?!?! Is there anything I can do about this? Normally my dizzyness cures are drinking plenty of water, eating regularly (complex carbs, not much sugar/simple starches, plenty of protein, etc), getting lots of rest, and making sure I move around regularly instead of standing still, but that sure isn't helping now.
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July 6th, 2011, 09:23 AM
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Do you think you could have an inner ear infection? I got really dizzy like that once, and it was because of an ear infection. My ear didn't hurt or anything. My only symptom was extreme dizziness.

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July 6th, 2011, 09:44 AM
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I heard that is a typical second trimester symptom. And yes, I am right there with you. I feel breathless and dizzy a lot of the time now.
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July 6th, 2011, 09:44 AM
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I have been getting dizzy lately. Not constant but first thing in the morning or if i "over do it" at work or whatever.
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July 6th, 2011, 09:45 AM
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Hmm, maybe. I don't think I've ever had an inner ear infection before, so I definitely wouldn't recognize the symptoms. I don't know though, it feels a lot like my normal dizzyness except...more so? I'm going to see my doctor next Friday, but if this keeps up I think I'll need to go in sooner.
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July 6th, 2011, 09:46 AM
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I have low blood pressure too and am exactly like what you described. Can't move around quickly and if I stand for too long, I get very faint. I do the things you mentioned, but when it gets bad or I need to run errands, I drink some caffeine to get my blood moving a little faster. My midwife is on board with that as long as I don't drink it excessively and she said it has less side effects than medication. It helps most of the time.
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July 6th, 2011, 11:40 AM
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I have low blood pressure too and have definitely been having the same dizziness. I also feel lightheaded most of the time, even when I'm sitting down. I've told my home health nurses about it and they told me to talk to my dr about it next time I go in. I guess if it was a major problem, they would have told me to call about it instead of just waiting. I'm very interested to hear what your dr tells you, so please KUP!
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July 6th, 2011, 11:47 AM
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My doctor told me to add more salt to my foods and drink a lot of water. My OB mentioned there's a nerve in the cervix that can produce a vagal response (such as a drop in bp and dizziness). He suggested changing positions very slowly as well such as sitting for a couple of minutes before standing. Your blood sugar could be low as well so make sure you have frequent snacks. I almost passed out holding Marina and it scared me to death. I hope the dizzy spells go away for you soon! Mine have gotten a little better with the added salt and drinking more water.
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July 6th, 2011, 11:55 AM
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I've also been dizzy. I can't walk from the grocery store to the car without feeling like I'm going to pass out. Might be the heat, too.
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July 6th, 2011, 02:59 PM
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My dizziness happens when I get up too fast.
If I do it slow and also stand still with my eyes closed when I first stand up, the dizziness goes away.
I've always had seizures though when I first get pregnant.
They start off with a dizzy spell then I pass out and have a seizure.
It only happens when I'm first pg and also right after I have the baby. Odd.
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July 6th, 2011, 06:37 PM
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Mine's not constant, but I've been getting very dizzy and lightheaded too. If I move too quickly then I definitely feel very dizzy.

The thing that's bothering me more though is how I've been feeling at work lately. I work on my feet all day and twice now, the last two times I've worked, I've suddenly become very lightheaded. Today it got to the point that my peripheral vision began to go black. It was scary!!

I've been snacking constantly due to morning sickness, and I've increased my water intake a lot but it really doesn't seem to help at all.

Thankfully work has been really understanding about it.
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July 6th, 2011, 06:47 PM
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I had this bad in the beginning of the pregnancy but not so much now. I would give your provider a call and let them know how bad it is. Likely they would just bump your appt. No sense being miserable!
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July 6th, 2011, 09:36 PM
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i do, especially if i wait to long to eat.
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July 7th, 2011, 10:27 AM
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Alrighty, update! I called my doctor this morning and the nurse said that it sounds bad enough to be worrisome, so I'm going in at 645am tomorrow to get checked out. I'm worried because they don't open that early, so that means my doctor is coming in early just for me. Eek! So fingers crossed. But at the very least I'll learn some more about it so I can inform all of you.

Someone I "e-know" from another forum suggested that I mention orthostatic intolerance, postural orthostatic tachycardia, and orthostatic hypotension to my doctor. Anyone know anything about those? From a quick glance at wikipedia the first one sounds just like me, and I don't have enough information to know about the other two.
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July 7th, 2011, 11:02 AM
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hmm My doc always yells at me when I go to the internet for answers. Try not to stress out about it and self diagnose. Keep your mind occupied until tomorrow! AND keep us posted!
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July 7th, 2011, 01:00 PM
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Good luck at your appointment!! KUP!
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