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Hey all...just wondering if any of you are experiencing dizziness from time to time? I've been getting worse and worse, and since my glucose tolerance test came back normal (I did it because of these bouts), I'm guessing my blood pressure is low, so I've been drinking tons of water. Any advice...any of you experiencing this?
 

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mine are mostly when I'm changing positions, and happen more frequently when I'm hot, or exerting myself, like in the gym or during yoga. Every once the while, I'll just be standing there and have one, but it's not as frequent as when changing positions.<br><br>
Three weeks ago, my BP was 100/51, so like you, I think it's mostly due to low BP.
 

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I always do, so I dont count, lol.
 

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I attribute it to the precarious balance of sugar, protein, salt, and water intake. Throw just one off and I'm a complete mess.
 

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Your GTT would tell you if your body wasn't processing sugar well and you were having bouts of high blood sugar, but it wouldn't tell you much about hypoglycemia. My best guess is that's the cause of your dizziness. What have you tried doing when you feel it? Are you eating enough food often enough?
 

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It definitely could be hypoglycemia. I just haven't been super hungry lately. Next time I'll try eating a protein/carb combo and see if it helps...thanks!!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Hey all...just wondering if any of you are experiencing dizziness from time to time? I've been getting worse and worse, and since my glucose tolerance test came back normal (I did it because of these bouts), I'm guessing my blood pressure is low, so I've been drinking tons of water. Any advice...any of you experiencing this?</div>
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Yes, but I failed my glucose test. lol. 134 was the cutoff and I got 139. Bah. They're going to try another one on me (3 hr one) and poke me 4 times! I hate needles!<br><br>
Yeah... I'll get the dizziness at random times, like when i'm sitting in a chair or something. And I can't put my head between my legs... I can't bend that far! lol.
 

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I feel like total crud if I don't have a good protein breakfast. The Bradley classes told us to maintain an 80-100 gram per day protein intake. I was very good about it in my first pg, especially since I had to keep a food diary for the class, but I was seriously lacking this pg and I'd get dizzy spells at the grocery store, at church, all over the place. Even if I'd eaten a healthy breakfast, just not enough protein. So, fruit and yogurt for breakfast or cereal just wasn't cutting it. I had to "beef" up my breakfast with a couple eggs with cheese, toast, and glass of milk and I was like a new person! On days I skimp, I feel it. I also bought a box of Odwalla Superprotein bars, they are great for snacks! 16 grams of protein and 200 or so calories. Love em!
 

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I just get it at church during worship. Each week I feel like my lung capacity is shrinking. I know how to breathe abdominally thanks to singing technique classes, but I still feel out of breath!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I just get it at church during worship. Each week I feel like my lung capacity is shrinking. I know how to breathe abdominally thanks to singing technique classes, but I still feel out of breath!</div>
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Yeah, I'm having to sing quieter on the worship team at church, because I can't get enough air to belt out my full volume anymore! And if I even attempt it, i'll for one get really dizzy, and two: half the time my voice will crack!<br><br>
I'm thinking that eventually... I won't have enough air to sing and i'll have to quit until this pregnancy is over. lol. It sucks.<br><br>
Do you feel like the control you normally have over your voice is slipping? I feel like i'm really loosing the edge with mine.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Do you feel like the control you normally have over your voice is slipping? I feel like i'm really loosing the edge with mine.</div>
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Oh yeah. Without the breath support behind it my voice is all over the place. Luckily I'm no longer on the team so not much to worry about except my neighbors in the pews.
 

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I was really dizzy in my first Trimester--actually fainted twice (didn't have this problem first time around at all). This faded for a while, now beginning to return at the end of my second trimester. I found that dips in blood sugar realy affected me, so not eating frequently enough made it much worse & seemed more important than what I was eating. Also--getting overheated & doing too much! But mostly the eating thing.
 

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Sprinkle a little PICKLING SALT in the palm of your hand. Lick it off. You will know within 2-10 minutes if your sodium is too low. Many people drink too much water and flush out the very important salt that you and the baby need.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Sprinkle a little PICKLING SALT in the palm of your hand. Lick it off. You will know within 2-10 minutes if your sodium is too low. Many people drink too much water and flush out the very important salt that you and the baby need.</div>
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Is pickling salt different then table salt? I have sea salt...will that work?
 

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I think it is rare for my sodium to be too low. I eat a lot of salt. lol. I crave it, so... yeah. lol. I do drink a lot of water too though, to balance it out.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I think it is rare for my sodium to be too low. I eat a lot of salt. lol. I crave it, so... yeah. lol. I do drink a lot of water too though, to balance it out.</div>
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I have craved salt soo much with this pregnancy! I love it anyway, but I really crave it these days.<br><br>
I usually only feel a little dizzy when I haven't had my iron supplement in a few days, or if I really over exert myself. It hasn't been bad at all this pregnancy.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Is pickling salt different then table salt? I have sea salt...will that work?</div>
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Sea salt contains non-biological minerals and heavy metals such as lead, mercury and cadmium. Table salt has additives that can be harmful.<br><br>
If you want the safest salt, Morton canning and pickling salt is plain non-sea salt with nothing added (and inexpensive too).
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I think it is rare for my sodium to be too low. I eat a lot of salt. lol. I crave it, so... yeah. lol. I do drink a lot of water too though, to balance it out.</div>
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Drinking too much water will flush out the salts and can cause the faintness and weakness.
 

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I had really bad hypoglycemia with my first pregnancy- this time it's bad but not AS bad. How are you about 20-30 min after you eat? These are the times I would be ready to pass out b/c of my glucose crashing- I used a glucose monitor and would be around 60-70 when feeling like this. The low blood sugar will cause the low blood pressure as well. The balance between carbs and protein is essential- also I would keep a little chocolate with me at all times and pop one into my mouth if I started to feel faint or funky and that would help w/in a minute- so try something really high in sugar if your feel dizzy and see if that works...you will know if it's blood sugar related that way. From what I read (back with DD) the placenta has something to do with the production of insulin and for some it goes a little haywire when you eat a big meal...lots of carbs or simple sugars (bananas were always a surefire way for me to be laid out on the couch with low blood sugar for 30 min!! LOL) You can google "reactive hypoglycemia" to find out more- but really the key is small frequent balanced meals. Fell well sweetie!
 

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oh- I forgot to mention- ask you OB about your glucose test, she/he can tell you if your blood sugar was lower than normal and that's another way to help pinpoint if the glucose is the problem.
 
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