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October 28th, 2013, 09:31 AM
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I know this is my 5th pregnancy and I should probably know this....but this is an entirely new symptom that I've not experienced in any of the previous 4. I am so lightheaded today. It's constant. Sitting, standing, laying, it doesn't matter. It feels like the room is spinning. I'm dizzy and I have to grab onto something for a second if I stand up so I don't fall over. I've had a couple of times going from sitting to standing where my vision will nearly white out and I have to hold on and breath before I can move. Should I give my dr a call or is this something that is common and I just need to take some precautions with? Thanks, ladies!
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October 28th, 2013, 11:44 AM
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Yes, definitely call someone. If it's happening this much, then don't take it lightly.
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October 28th, 2013, 11:47 AM
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It's common and could very well be a pregnancy symptom, but I would call anyway, since it's so severe. You definitely don't want to black out and injure yourself. There may be something they can do, and they will probably want to test your blood for anemia, which is a lot more common during pregnancy.
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October 28th, 2013, 11:51 AM
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I had that with my first pregnancy. The MWs said it was pretty common and advised me to stay hydrated. I fainted at 5 months and knocked out my front tooth. Fun. When you're dizzy like that, holding on to something won't keep you from falling if you faint. Sit back down or drop to the floor. Better safe than sorry!
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October 28th, 2013, 12:20 PM
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The rule of thumb on dizziness is supposed to be if you're still dizzy while lying down, get medical attention. It's probably dehydration, blood sugar issues, or you're low on some necessary minerals, but I would call. I took a lovely ambulance ride to the ER in July (pre-pregnancy) after blacking out from dizziness and got this speech
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October 28th, 2013, 02:06 PM
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I was going to ask about your Iron levels, as I always tend to develop anemia during pregnancy and end up on an iron supplement as well as my prenatal vitamins. I hope you are feeling better and that you get some answers from your MW!
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October 28th, 2013, 03:33 PM
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This happened to me last week..my OB said it was probably a middle ear infection and take Claritin. (whatevz...)

A lot of people told me this happens when you don't drink enough, and I don't drink EVER. I hydrated myself and it seems to have helped!

Now to try and remember to drink =)
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October 31st, 2013, 01:42 PM
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I just went to see my OB a couple days ago because of this. I was worried it was blood sugar related (newly diagnosed Type 2 Diabetes) but he thinks it is pregnancy related, since it happens often and without regard to my eating. It happens in pregnancy because Progesterone acts as a vasodilator and so your BP often drops. I would call your doctor and discuss it, but in my case there wasn't anything he could do. He said it should pass soon...I hope he's right! Oh, he did say to stay extra hydrated though.
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October 31st, 2013, 02:08 PM
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As a runner, your BP is probably low as it is. Pregnancy brings it way lower. If you're exercising more now than you have in previous pregnancies that could be it too. I have naturally low BP and I had extremely low BP my last pregnancy. So far I've not had a BP reading but I'm not getting dizzy spells so I don't think its as low. Just prior to my last pregnancy I was cycling 100 miles a week. This time around it was more like 20-30 miles.
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October 31st, 2013, 02:35 PM
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Yeah, I'm not doing more than previous pregnancies, the same. My MW is cool with my activity and running level. It's my BP. It is naturally low and pregnancy is making it drop lower. She gave me some things to do and some precautions to take. She told me to keep up the exercise and to hydrate as much as possible. She told me the last thing she wants me to do is stop running and lifting. I just love her. I wouldn't stop anyway. I've made it exercising through 4 pregnancies and I'm not stopping for this one unless there's some complications that warrant it. Thankfully, this isn't one of them. She expects it to pass soon after my body adjusts to the blood volume increase and my BP stabilizes.
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