Some women are unfortunate enough to struggle with low blood pressure while they are pregnant-this can be a serious problem that you need to manage, for the health of your fetus. While pregnancy for most goes pretty smoothly and drama free, you never know if you are going to be one of the women who has some complications.
However, there is no need to worry. It is natural and part of pregnancy.
This issue of low blood pressure is also called hypotension. The blood pressure of pregnant women goes down in the first twenty four weeks, and then rises to normal eventually in final stage.
This problem is often connected with dizziness and fainting. While it is not a health risk like high blood pressure, fainting and falling because of hypotension can be a serious issue.
The biggest cause of this problem while you are expecting is dehydration. When the body dehydrates, it affects the low pressure in your vein.
Hot temperatures and standing for a long period of time can also be a risk factor contributing to this issue. Other factors that can cause this problem include blood pools in your legs, which make less blood available to the brain.
Thus, when you get up from a lying position, you may feel faint or dizzy. In addition, certain sexual hormones are released in a women’s body leading to the widening of blood vessels.
This heightens nausea, dizziness, cold, depression, and problems of vision. When the circulatory system expands to adjust itself to cater to the blood supply for the baby, it may lead to hypotension.
A history of certain diseases like those of heart or endocrine system can cause this problem as well. Pressure increases on the large blood vessels when the uterus enlarges, leading to issues.
Anemia and hypoglycemia can also cause hypotension while you are expecting. To know if this might be the problem you are having, you need to learn how to identify the signs and symptoms.
Once you know that you are going to have a baby, you must not take anything lightly. Issues like anemia and hypotension all are part of the next nine months for you.
Pay attention to feelings of dizziness or fainting, lightheadedness, nausea that will not go away, vomiting, depression, fatigue, blurred vision, and weakness. If you are feeling any of these things in your life, it is important that you tell your doctor right away.
They will be able to tell you if what you are feeling is normal, and may even want to do one of two tests. There are things that you can do to prevent this issue from happening all together.
To begin with, drink a lot of water and other fluids to avoid dehydration. Make sure you are getting at least eight to ten cups of water a day.
Do not allow yourself to become to hungry, and eat small meals often throughout the day. Lay on your side rather than your back.
This will also help with sciatic nerve and back pain. When you need to get up from a sitting or laying down position, be sure to get up slowly.
Sit or lie down if you feel faint, and put your head at a lower level than your body. Regularly exercise according to your physician-approved exercise regimen.
You may want to try walking on a treadmill, or riding a stationary bike. These are great ways to keep yourself fit, and building strength.
This may help you from having a problem which you will need to seek treatment for. Above all, make sure that you are getting enough sleep.
Go for regular check-ups and follow a regulated lifestyle. Generally, if you are having a problem in your first trimester, it will resolve itself in the second trimester.
If you can control it during the first few months, you will most likely not have to worry about it longer than that. If you do need help from a doctor, they will try to find out exactly where your issue is coming from.
If it is caused by dehydration, the doctor can treat it with intravenous fluids. If it is caused by blood pooling in legs, it can be treated with the help of graduated compression stockings.
Your doctor will most likely recommend a healthier diet, which you should be eating anyways. If you see your doctor regularly, you will be able to avoid this becoming a serious problem for you and your baby.
Tommy Greene is a personal trainer and has authored hundreds of articles relating to physical training and exercise bikes. He has been a health expert and physical trainer for over 15 years.