Faintness in pregnancy

Pregnant women often feel faint. This is because of hormonal changes occurring in your body during pregnancy. Fainting happens if your brain is not getting enough blood and therefore not enough oxygen. If your oxygen levels get too low, it may cause you to faint.
You are most likely to feel faint if you stand too quickly from a chair or out of a bath, but it can also happen when you are lying on your back. You can find out more about causes of fainting.
Avoiding feeling faint

Here are some tips to help you cope:

  • try to get up slowly after sitting or lying down
  • if you feel faint when standing still, find a seat quickly and the faintness should pass – if it doesn’t, lie down on your side
  • if you feel faint while lying on your back, turn on your side

It’s better not to lie flat on your back in later pregnancy or during labour.

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