Will Having Low Blood Pressure Affect My Pregnancy?

Low blood pressure is a relatively common problem during pregnancy. Having low blood pressure can absolutely affect your pregnancy. Low blood pressure often leads to a feeling of dizziness or fainting. While these aren’t serious concerns most of the time, they do present a fall risk for a pregnant woman. This could in some cases, if the fall is severe or particularly serious, lead to injury for her or for her baby. It’s rare, but id does happen. Low blood pressure isn’t as much of a concern as high blood pressure for the pregnant woman, and it’s not as common, but it is a concern.

Dehydration is the most common reason that a woman will experience low blood pressure during pregnancy. This is actually the most common reason for low blood pressure outside of pregnancy, as well. When the fluids in your body aren’t replaced, it changes the way that your blood flows. In many cases, if it’s excessively hot, this will not only contribute to your dehydration but it also adds to the cause for low blood pressure.

Another very common reason for low blood pressure during pregnancy is standing for long periods of time.

When you’re pregnant, blood tends to pool in your legs in general. If you have low blood pressure, this is a problem. If you rise up from a seated position, you may feel faint or dizzy. In some cases, low blood pressure can also affect your vision.

You can do a few things to reduce the chances of having low blood pressure while you’re pregnant, including:

  • Stay hydrated. Make sure you’re getting enough fluids. Clear liquids and water are best.
  • Lie down on your side, rather than flat on your back. This will also help take some pressure off your sciatic nerve.
  • Sit down if you feel faint, and keep your head low until you don’t feel faint anymore.
  • When you stand up, do so slowly.
  • Get some regular exercise, which will help keep your blood pressure at a normal level.

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