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Dizzy at 6 weeks 
19th-Feb-2014 08:53 am
contemplative//bjork

Did anyone feel really dizzy/lightheaded early in pregnancy? What helped you feel better? I have a lot to do today with a toddler in toe but I can barely get up off the couch :(

Thanks!

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19th-Feb-2014 05:16 pm (UTC)
I was told early in pregnancy that I wasn't drinking enough and had to drink more and that's why I was light-headed. Coconut water really helped me to feel more hydrated.

Edited at 2014-02-19 05:17 pm (UTC)
19th-Feb-2014 07:58 pm (UTC)
Yes! I had this issue. In addition to general pregnancy fatigue, my iron was low and I also was dehydrating much more quickly. I found that using a Nalgene or similar bottle with markings on it encouraged me to drink more per hour. As a busy student I frankly forgot a lot. I could clip a bottle like that onto me or whatever I was carrying and not forget it. I also had curbed way back on caffeine so my body was adjusting to that as well.

It would definitely be worth it when you have an appointment to mention these symptoms if they are still going on. Doing an iron check and supplementing extra really helped ease my dizziness and fatigue to where I could function better.
19th-Feb-2014 09:49 pm (UTC)
As soon as I was pregnant (both times) my blood pressure went down 5-10mmHG, going from the average 112/75 to 105-110/50-70mmHg. I didn't feel dizzy but tired all the time, so that could be a reason.. Drinking enough helped a bit, but I can't remember any secret that would have nullified the feeling... I just needed a lot of naps and rest. It was definitely harder the second time around with a toddler and working every day!
20th-Feb-2014 10:36 am (UTC)
Yes I did, it was low blood sugar and low blood pressure with both pregnancies. Keeping physically active helped. Lots of water and eating small regular meals and snacks helped a lot too.
20th-Feb-2014 12:47 pm (UTC)
I have always had low blood pressure, and this pregnancy it seems to have made it worse. I was told to make sure I stay hydrated, preferably with electrolytic fluids (i.e. Gatorade), and that eating salty foods like pickles or chips (in moderation!) can help ease the symptoms of low BP. Make sure it IS low BP though, before running to the chip bag. Feel better!
20th-Feb-2014 10:00 pm (UTC)
Yup! Keeping hydrated and having frequent snacks helped. (with protein for blood-sugar stabilization, preferably!) Pregnancy is known for doing weird things to blood sugar and blood pressure, both of which can make you dizzy/lightheaded.

With this pregnancy I have also done a lot of reading to my toddler while lying down. :-)
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