Dizziness can be caused by low blood pressure and increased blood volume (which makes you feel warmer) particularly in the first few months. Fainting can be quite common in the first six months. It usually happens when you stand for a long time, are tired, have not eaten enough, or bend over or get up suddenly. Even if you do not faint you may find that if you get up too quickly, the blood can drain rapidly from your head to your hands and feet, causing you to feel dizzy or to “see stars”. Tell your carer if you are experiencing dizziness, or feeling constantly light-headed.
- Make sure you are drinking enough fluids.
- Eat at regular intervals.
- Get up slowly in anticipation of feeling lightheaded.
- Get out of a warm bath very slowly.
- Avoid standing for long periods. You may be disappointed at how few people will offer you seats on public transport. If nobody is offering a seat ask for one.
- If you have to stand relax and contract the muscles in your legs and buttocks muscles. This will help blood to return to your head.
- Rest on your side rather than your back – it is easier to get up from this position.
- Keep cool in hot weather.
- If you feel faint, sit down and place your head lower than your body.
- Some women find that it helps to take a few drops of Bach Rescue Remedy as soon as you start to feel faint.