|"Yes, I'm about to faint.|
But first, let me take a #selfie."
I'm no stranger to this - growing up, I'd have these episodes where I'd get really light-headed and would need to sit down with my head between my legs. It happened so often that my parents took me to a neurologist to get my brain checked. I suspect it had more to do with them trying to confirm that I was not cray cray rather than getting to the bottom of these dizzy spells. Surprisingly, the neurologist didn't find anything wrong with me ;p The only thing about me that was slightly off was my low blood pressure.
During pregnancy, it would happen so suddenly that I would actually black out. This was, of course, very dangerous. But also apparently normal! (Of all pregnancy symptoms to suffer from, I mean really >:( ). Then towards the end of my pregnancies, something weird would happen - my blood pressure would actually spike. The edema I suffered with my first pregnancy got so bad at one point that I couldn't even walk!
I'm looking into what I can do about this. I remember as a teen, my doctor told me to take more vitamin B12 and salt. I've been doing some research, and I think these things are also pretty easy to incorporate into my lifestyle:
- Getting regular exercise - since I'm down to my goal size, I haven't been working out as much.
- Eating smaller, more frequent, meals
- Drinking more fluids
If things don't get better in the next month, I'm definitely going to dig more to find out the underlying cause of this - it can be a symptom of a number of pretty scary illnesses, so I think ruling those out would be the next step if I don't get better!
Dear readers, do you have any tips on how to manage and treat hypotension/low blood pressure? I'd appreciate any and all recommendations!