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Fainting and Dizziness in Pregnancy

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Fainting is common during pregnancy. The blood may pool in the lower body and the brain may become temporarily deprived of oxygen, causing fainting or dizziness.


Suggestions:

  • Avoid standing for long periods of time

  • While standing practice contracting and relaxing your leg and buttocks muscles to help blood return to your head

  • When resting lay on your side as opposed to your back

  • When sitting return to standing slowly

  • Don't get out of a hot bath too quickly

  • Keep cool in hot weather

  • If you feel faint, sit to avoid injury and place your head lower than your body, kneeling on all fours works too

  • Make sure you blood sugar isn't low, eat small protein rich snacks throughout the day

  • Shiatsu points Lung 9 (LU9) and Heart 7 (HT7) together, if done by someone else, or separately if alone, for 5-7 seconds, repeat three times, then do the same to the opposite arm

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