OMG!!! I have to share my worst symptom I had so far!!
Imagine waking up and feeling great, taking your levothyroxine tablet as usual and lying in bed for 40 min until the tablet will dissolve. Then getting up to make some breakfast, going downstairs, and preparing a food. I decided to make some boiled eggs. I put a pot with water on the burner. I was standing and waiting until the water will boil, I put eggs into the pot and that’s when it got me!!!!
I started to feel funny, lightheaded, I sat down and it got worse! Cold sweats and feeling like I’m going to faint. I had to open the garden door for some fresh air. When I got up to do it my legs went all funny, I managed to open the door and….bang! I had no choice but to lie on my side on the floor next to the door. I remember I couldn’t move! Shaking and sweaty I was thinking to myself: how come? Is it because I had nothing to eat? My blood pressure dropped so quick I wasn’t prepared for it. After a few moment I felt better, I got up and manage to grab a sandwich I made before and tried to eat it. It felt dry and chewy, I had to lie down again because the dizziness came back straight away. After a few mouthfuls and fresh air I felt better but I’m telling you I would definitely not recommend it to anyone.
If you’re experiencing some dizziness, u can avoid by taking a few smart steps.
WHAT CAUSES DIZZINESS DURING PREGNANCY?
Early in pregnancy, lightheadedness is likely due to the fact that your body isn’t yet producing enough blood to fill a rapidly expanding circulatory system. (The good news: Your body is gearing up to meet the needs of two bodies instead of one.) Around week 12 or the second trimester of pregnancy, your growing (and growing!) uterus may put pressure on your blood vessels, especially when you’re lying on your back. High levels of progesterone can also make your blood vessels relax and widen, increasing blood flow to your baby but slowing it down to you – which can reduce your blood pressure. This, in turn, cuts back on blood flow to your brain, sometimes making your head spin. (By the way, that reduced blood flow is probably the reason you often forget your own name these days.) You might also feel dizzy if your blood sugar drops or you become dehydrated. One last possible reason you’re feeling faint: your body is a baby-making oven, generating plenty of its own heat right now – so spending too much time in a hot or stuffy room, especially if you’re wearing clothes that are too tight or warm, can contribute to a feeling of lightheadedness.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
It’s common to feel dizzy during pregnancy, but if it persists (or if you actually faint), put in a call to your practitioner just to make sure everything’s okay. And keep in mind that no matter how “normal” it is, you shouldn’t ignore it. So use common sense: no driving, working out, or handling anything that might cause you harm.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Stop a dizzy spell in its tracks by lying down as soon as you start to feel lightheaded, so you don’t wind up falling and potentially hurting yourself or your baby. Elevate your feet to increase blood flow to your brain. Second best: Sit down and bend as far forward as you can, putting your head between your knees, if possible, and breathe slowly and deeply. If there’s no place to lie down or sit, kneel on one knee and bend forward as if you were tying your shoe until the spell passes. And if you need help, don’t be shy about asking.
To keep lightheadedness from starting in the first place:
Go slow. Don’t get up too quickly when you’re sitting or lying down – it can cause your blood pressure to drop, which triggers light-headedness.
Make the most of the munchies. Make sure you’re eating a healthy, rounded diet during pregnancy, with a mix of protein and complex carbs (like whole grain bread or pasta) at every meal to maintain stable blood-sugar levels.
Feast frequently. Chow down on several small meals throughout the day to prevent dips in your blood sugar, and carry healthy pregnancy snacks with you for a quick blood-sugar boost. Good options: a box of raisins, a piece of fruit, or a couple of whole-wheat crackers.
Fill up on fluids. Make sure you’re drinking enough water, since dizziness can be a sign of dehydration, too. Aim for at least eight glasses a day, more if it’s hot or you’re working out.
Dress smart. Wear easy-to-shed layers in case you start feeling overheated, and avoid wearing tight-fitting clothes, scarves, or hats.
Don’t lie on your back. In your second and third trimesters, it’s best to avoid sleeping on your back, as your growing uterus can press on the vena cava (the main vein that carries blood back to the heart from your lower body region), interfering with optimum circulation and causing a feeling of dizziness.
Get some fresh air. Being in a stuffy, overheated indoor space (like a crammed bus, office, or store) too long can trigger dizziness, so as long as you’re not feeling overly faint try to take a 5-minute walk outside every hour or so – which can help relieve other pregnancy symptoms like constipation and edema, too.
If dizziness or lightheadedness persists, tell your practitioner how you’re feeling at your next visit – but if you actually pass out, call ASAP (once you come to, of course).