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I woke up from a nap about 11:30 last night and went out in my living room and started to feel lightheaded. I sat down and then got a headache. I checked my pulse and it felt like it was going fast.<br>
Is this just a normal pregnancy symptom, or something I should run to the doctor about? I feel ok this morning, but my pulse still feels a little fast. Is this part having more blood volume or something I should be more worried about?
 

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I once got lightheaded while lying down in bed. Boy, was that freaky. In my case, I hadn't eaten enough for dinner & I think that was why I was lightheaded.<br><br>
I would make sure you are eating & especially drinkning enough. I would imagine that dehydration could cause the same symptoms. I might wait a bit & see if it calms down. The fast heart could just be nerves since you are concerned about the lightheadedness.<br><br>
If it persists it would probably be best to call the ob/midwife.
 

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If it happens more I would probably get checked out, but I have gotten light headed a few times, and my heart felt like it was in my throat going pretty fast. I think some of it is a blodd volume thing(my body catching up or something), some of it for me is probably stress...<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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I've read that there is a natural drop in blood pressure that happens in the second trimester.. Also the fact that it happened after you were lying down (called orthostatic hypotension) sounds like it just has to do with blood volume.. Like the pp said, the racing heart was probably because you felt anxious about it. Keep up fluids and rise slowly from lying down. Give yourself a few minutes sitting up before moving to standing. If it happens a lot or you still feel nervous, put in a call to your practicioner.
 

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I got OH while nursing - a reminder to keep drinking! Also if you were lying on your back, baby can be on that major vein (can't spell it to save my life)
 

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I had this episodically somewhere in the 12-15 week period. It would feel like my heart was arrhythmic and up in my throat. The doc was unconcerned. Said these things can happen.<br><br>
I second (or third) keeping hydrated, eating small frequent snacks, including salty snacks like salted nuts. Blood pressure can get whacky with all the increased blood volume and can cause drops in pressure, etc. My OB suggested that ginger ale was great for low BP related dizziness.
 

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I had this once with DD while I was in the shower. I think it's fairly common and does have to do with the blood volume and pressure.
 

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Absolutely, my miswife told me that your blood volume increases big time between weeks 24-28. If you are in that range, it probably is a volume issue. I'll reitterate eating salted nuts and drinking lots of water. Peanuts and cashews are especially high in iron. Just don't mix them with calcium for better absorbtion. And definitley get up slowly.
 

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I haven't felt lightheaded since the other night, but I am having moments where it feels like my heart is pounding. I go to my doctor on Tuesday so I am going to mention it.<br>
I have been trying to eat alot of iron. I have steak a couple of times of week and I am always snacking on salted nuts at work.
 

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Also, along with the blood voulume increase, you really do need to up your iron which I have found does make me light-headed and breathless if I don't get enough.
 
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