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mine was 90/60 all last pregnancy and i was always almost faining, feeling dizzy... for no reason. it would happen out of the blue. this time my blood pressure is 110/60 and i'm feeling closer to human.
maybe mention this at your next doc/ob appointment.. cant hurt smile
Will 6 July 06 - Jaida 19 Sept 08
I had my blood pressure checked numerous times but it was always fine. They just put it down to the increase in blood flow during pregnancy.
Try having a glass of juice or some jelly beans(sugar). I found that really helped.
Katie, VIC, Aaliyah Kaylee born 28/11/06 & Mikayla
Other than that you should get iron level checked. Mine were low for a pregnant women. I am not getting fainting attacks so much since I started taking iron tablets.
gd luck mabey try iron tablets
The other time it happened, I was just sitting at the computer one morning, had been for a while, and suddenly I had the same feeling as on the train, really hot and dizzy and faint...this time, I went and lay down straight away and felt better.
Mentioned it to the doctor, he ordered a blood test, and it turned out that despite taking iron supplements and eating lots of red meat & vegies, I was anaemic. Since then I've been working on further increasing my iron intake (& vitamin C, which I was also already taking, to help with iron absorption) in my diet. A glass of OJ with dinner, extra red meat & vegies like beans and spinach (just as well I love red meat & just about every vegie you can name!). Better to do it this way than to just take more iron tablets. Apparently, while both meat & vegies are good sources of iron, the iron from meat is more easily absorbed by our bodies. Also, avoiding calcium-rich foods & caffeine (not having much caffeine anyway these days) too close to my major iron doses, because both inhibit iron absorption.
Not sure if it's helping yet, because the two faint spells I've had so far were a couple of weeks apart as it was, and I haven't had another blood test to check if I'm any less anaemic since the last one a few weeks ago.
I am a bit of a fainter anyway - when I give blood the nurse told me to straighten your legs, and push the backs of your knees down into the chair/bed. This brings your blood pressure back up if you're feeling faint.
Also, I think sitting or lying straight on your bum squashes that big vein. Try wedging a pillow under one bum cheek, or lying on your side.