Dizzy When On Back

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ry - February 20

Hi, i know at this point we are not supposed to lay flat on our backs but in the rare instances when i have to i get extreme dizzy/fainting spells. I could barely get through my sonogram and getting my hair cut the other day (when i was leaning back in the sink). I had to have minor rurgery a few weeks ago and fainted twice during it. i dont know how i can possibly lay on my back for hours when i go into labor. Anyone else have this problem?

 

Kel - February 20

I don't think you'll be laying flat on your back during labor. I think they prop you up a little bit. I would talk to your doctor though, he may be able to provide you with some other options.

 

Girl Gilly - February 20

Oh yeah I got that problem. Any time in this pregnancy that I have pampered myself I have gotten faint. I typically faint easily so I can usually avoid the full pa__s out! From getting a hair cut, to a ma__sage, to a pedicure - faint each time! I don't really understand it - I can sit and read or recline and watch TV and not feel faint, but doing any of the above makes me faint. Crazy! I would mention it to your Dr. Mine is not concerned but he likes to know and doc_ment it. Even though I am on an iron supplement it still happens. In terms of labour - you really don't need to be on your back for hours. You can walk around, lay on your side, side up, get down on all fours, sit on a ball, etc. I think it is rare that women labour on their backs anymore as it goes against gravity! (unless you are getting a c-section). Make sure you mention it to the nurses/hospital staff when you do go into labour as they will likely monitor you a little closer. It sucks, but if you can recognize when it is about to happen you can get pretty good at controlling it! Most times I spend more time rea__suring the people around me that there is nothing wrong and I am okay. People tend to freak out!

 

Girl Gilly - February 20

Oh - one more thing.If you find yourself laying on your back take a pillow or something similar and prop your right hip up on it. My Dr. and ma__sage therapist recommended this. It keeps the full weight off of your vena cava and allows for drainage.

 

ry - February 20

Girl Gilly-so funny about the pampering. I got my eyebrows waxed a few weeks ago and had to have the lady stop right in the middle because i didnt want to pa__s out in the salon. i left with one perfectly arched and one bushy eyebrow! Fun times. Thanks for your suggestions!

 

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