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02/03/2014 at 21:38
I'm after a bit of advice really.I am 38w2d
On Friday night/Sat morning I got up to go to the loo, and the room started spinning and my legs went like jelly. I've only ever fainted twice but I would describe it as that type of sensation, luckily I was close to the loo and sat down quick, I got help back to bed. I thought maybe I'd stood up too quick or been laid funny causing postural hypotension.
The next morning I got up and felt fine, after lunch I was pottering around the kitchen, so much have been stood up at least 10 minutes when it struck again but the dizziness was a lot worse. I threw myself onto the floor, rather than fall sat there a few minutes and then was ok. I did my BP but although a little low it was normal for me 110/65. I checked it a few more times and it stayed at normal levels.
Today as I was a Christening and was stood up singing a hymn when it came back, it was milder although I was nauseous this time as well, again I sat down and felt fine after a few mins. I've done my BP again when I got home and it's fine.
On both the Saturday and Sunday episodes I'd eaten a lot so I don't think it's low blood sugar. I do have anaemia but it's really mild levels about 10. The baby is wriggling fine, and between the episodes I feel ok.
Is this just one of those pregnancy things? It only ever happens when I'm stood. I know I should call the doc, but I'm petrified they'll decide to bring forward my C Section, and with only 9 days to go I don't want to end up with a team that doesn't know me.
Is it something I should just expect or get onto triage? I'm off to bed in a sec, so I'll see what all your experiences are and call in the morning if it's not normal.
02/03/2014 at 21:55
Tbh it's probably just a pregnancy thing - I had a faint spell sitting on the sofa the other week, which was very bizarre. I think I'd call your midwife in the morning for reassurance though. Probably at this stage, unless there's an underlying easily identifiable issue that is going to be a major problem then I wouldn't imagine they'd bring forward the section?
Hiya, BLL, sounds to me like.its vasovagal episodes. I get them. Usually with the prodrome feeling you've described, dizziness, spinning room, often sweating and nausea as well, sometimes a sense of impending doom and a heavy feeling. What happens is basically your vagus nerve that regulates your blood pressure will briefly malfunction, making your BP drop very suddenly, which results in the blood rushing downwards away from the brain, but it will go back to normal shortly after you lie flat or lower your head below your heart. This is why a BP reading afterwards would be normal for you. Basically your brain forgets you're standing up for a second and only produces enough pressure to pump the blood around as if you were lying down. Btw, my BP is regularly about 100/65, but up until about 4 years ago it was closer to 90/60 and I fully fainted several times, once even fracturing a couple bones in my face!! Definitely not fun, but it's mostly avoidable. I hadn't had a faint scare in nearly a year, but since getting pregnant have had two, so it might be more common then.
If you ever actually lose consciousness, always get checked out, but if you recover quite quickly it shouldn't be a problem. I would still inform your midwife and GP, though. They may want to do some tests, but more likely than not will diagnose a simple near faint and ask you to get out of bed slowly, etc. You'll find there are triggers for it. For me, it's dehydration coupled with fatigue and standing up too long. Avoid the trigger and you won't faint. If you fully lose consciousness without any symptoms beforehand it's possible there's an underlying cause connected to the heart, which is when you would need to be overhauled by a cardiologist. Not fun times, that.
02/03/2014 at 22:02
I get these a lot, especially when pregnant. I have a naturally low bp too. Its not dangerous in itself, its the falling that is so sit as soon as you feel one coming on
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