You may experience lightheadedness, dizziness, or just feeling out of sorts while you’re pregnant. When you stand up from a chair you feel as though you are going to pass out. If this occurs, please sit back down and ease out of the chair. Sit on the edge, and then cautiously stand. The reasons for lightheadedness are multiple. You may be dehydrated and your blood pressure could be low because your hormones are making your blood vessels relax. If you have low blood pressure, try eating more salty foods or simply add salt to your foods when appropriate. Make sure you drink plenty of liquids so you don’t get dehydrated.
Not getting enough sleep will result in lightheadedness and dizziness. Get 8 hours of solid sleep every night, and don’t be afraid to rest in the afternoon. Do not become a couch potato either, walking helps maintain the tone to your blood vessels. It strengthens the blood vessels in your legs so that they can return more blood to the brain and make you less lightheaded. You need a healthy combination of sleep, rest and exercise. That, along with a healthy diet, will eliminate lightheadedness most of the time.