February 29, 2012 9 Comments
[UPDATE: Editing this article to fix a link, I cannot prevent it from being re-publicized on Linked In, so I want to reassure readers that at this time (February 2014) I am pregnant. Dizziness and low blood pressure have been less of a problem for me this time around, probably because I followed my own advice from the beginning this time!]
I’m not–but when I was pregnant, I was dizzy much of the time. At every prenatal check-up, my blood pressure was lower than the time before, and I have lower-than-average blood pressure normally.
My midwife was unconcerned, and all the pregnancy books agreed that it’s high blood pressure that is dangerous. Some of the books confirmed that my dizziness was caused by low blood pressure and explained that the low blood pressure was caused by my body making the placenta and transferring water to the baby and thus spreading my fluids through a larger circulatory system than before–but they didn’t tell me what to do about it! My midwife kept saying that all I needed to do was be grateful that baby and I were in no danger.
In the fifth month, I began to have spells when my vision would go black, my ears would ring so that I could hardly hear, and sometimes I’d completely lose consciousness for a few seconds. That seemed dangerous to me! Read more…