Fainting and Dizziness in Pregnancy: Natural Remedies


You must have seen in many movies and television series that a girl faints and boom comes the news that she is pregnant. It is not just a reel-life gimmick but also a common symptom of real-life pregnancy.

Your body undergoes various physiological changes during pregnancy and not all the changes are pleasant. Fainting and dizziness fall in the category of unpleasant experiences of pregnancy. So what are the reasons for fainting and dizziness? Can you avoid or reduce the frequency? We will share with you the reasons and remedies for fainting and dizziness.

Why do you faint or feel dizzy?

  1. Fainting or dizziness is caused when the blood vessels relax and dilate to increase the blood flow to your baby in the womb, but the return rate of blood is slow. This leads to low blood pressure and dizziness.
  2. Another reason could be low blood sugar level due to changes in metabolism. If you are feeling dizzy in the second trimester, it could be because of the pressure on blood vessels by your growing uterus.
  3. In the final months of pregnancy, lying on the back can put weight on your vena cava, a vein that carries blood from the lower body to the heart; this leads to dizziness or fainting.
  4. Iron deficiency can also be a reason for fainting and dizziness. Also, long work-out sessions, tight clothes, and infrequent and improper diet also lead to fainting and dizziness.

Remedies to avoid fainting and dizziness  

Like other unpleasant situations you can avoid fainting and dizziness by the following methods:

  1. Eat proper and frequent meals.
  2. Do not wear tight clothes or clothes which are constricting your natural body space.
  3. Avoid sudden movements. Take time to move from sleeping to sitting and sitting to standing positions.
  4. Do not take hot bath; instead go for lukewarm shower.
  5. Consume food rich in iron, like eggs, dry fruits, green veggies and cereals.
  6. Drink a lot of liquid like water, fresh fruit juice and coconut water.
  7. Practice deep breathing.

Do’s and Don’ts

  1. If you feel dizzy, sit down immediately or lie down on your side.
  2. To avoid turning the dizziness into fainting, sit and put your head between your knees.
  3. At times when you feel dizzy, immediately eat sugar-rich food like chocolate, fruit or candy.

Although fainting and dizziness are common symptoms of pregnancy, do not take them lightly if the frequency increases abnormally. Inform your doctor of such events and seek guidance.


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