Dizziness, or light-headedness, is an often overlooked sign that you could be expecting. This can occur at any point during the day, but more frequently it happens when you change positions from sitting to standing, when you have prolonged times of standing, or while taking a hot shower. Combined with another one or two of the early signs of pregnancy that we have talked about this month, it is a good indicator that it’s time to take a pregnancy test.
Dizziness happens during early pregnancy for two common reasons. The first is that hormone progesterone. It helps to relax everything in the body and when it works its’ magic on blood vessels, it can cause enough of a drop in blood pressure to make you feel light-headed, dizzy, or faint. The second culprit is low blood sugar. If you are especially lucky to have a difficult time eating or holding down any food during early pregnancy, it is possible for your blood sugar to drop low enough to cause dizziness, light-headedness, and even some mental confusion.
These symptoms will be discussed again in a blog post in March and we will talk about the prevention of dizziness and ways to combat it once it begins. If you are currently pregnant and experiencing this, feel free to reach out to us and we will gladly share what we know with you.
If the lyrics “You spin me right round, baby, right round…” are swirling in your head, or you have been having episodes of light-headedness, it’s time to see your provider and make sure that a pregnancy test is one of the first things they perform.