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Chronically Pregnant – Week 11

11-weeks

So close to my second trimester! How exciting is that? The nausea is starting to subside but dizziness is really kicking in. Dizzy spells and vertigo are fairly common symptoms of many auto/neuro conditions. I certainly have my fair share, even before pregnancy. It’s also fairly common in pregnancy. Mesh the two together, and I’m feeling a bit like I’m on a Merry-Go-Round or the Spinning Teacup Ride (both which I super hate). I’ve almost fallen several times, only to be saved by falling back onto my bed or into a wall. Now that I realize the dizziness is going to be a real issue for me, I’ve made some strides at curbing the spins before they start! Hopefully this may help you too!

  1. Sea Bands- These little acupressure bands slide onto your wrists and help to naturally reduce nausea and dizziness by applying direct and constant pressure to your wrists. (I’m sure it gets more scientific than that but all I know is that they help!)
  2. DO NOT just HOP out of bed! This one gets me every time!!! Now, when I go from laying to sitting, I sit on the edge of the bed for a minute. When I feel stable, I pump my legs up and down a few times before standing. When I stand I make sure I have something to hold onto.
  3. Water Water Water Water – I cannot stress enough the importance of hydration! Dehydration will totally exacerbate your dizziness. I track my water intake by carrying my fave Tervis cup around with me and pay attention closely to how many times I fill it up a day!
  4. Sleep – I’ve noticed that when I don’t get adequate sleep I get really light-headed. I personally need about 8-9 hours of sleep a night and good nap during the day. Sleep deprived Lisa is not only dizzy, but a super cranky bear so… it’s just not pretty for anyone.

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