Pregnancy changes you physically and emotionally. If your heart seems to be acting up or your emotions get wonky, be sure to eat well, do whatever you can to help your body cope with daily stresses and don’t hesitate to contact your healthcare provider if you have questions.
Occasional heart palpitations are usually a normal response to the extra blood volume, weight and energy your body uses during pregnancy.
When you feel your heart pounding, let go of tension throughout your body. Start at your head and relax each part of your body until you reach your toes. Take slow, deep breaths.
Limit activities that require a lot of energy and effort. Contact your clinician if your heart pounds often or irregularly.
Light-Headedness and Dizziness
It’s normal to feel light-headed or dizzy when you get up quickly. These symptoms may also result from lack of fluids, low blood sugar or anemia (a lower than normal number of red blood cells).
If you tend to get light-headed or dizzy:
- Change positions slowly. Move from lying down to sitting, and then wait a minute before standing up.
- Avoid standing up for long periods of time.
- Take frequent rests.
- Eat healthy foods high in iron in frequent, small amounts throughout the day. If your healthcare provider determines that you’re anemic, you may need iron supplements or a change in diet.
- Drink 8 to 10 glasses of water per day.
It’s no surprise or shame that pregnancy can lead to conflicting emotions and mood changes. Sudden outbursts or mood swings can be caused by several factors, including fatigue, stress and hormones.
To stay balanced:
- Talk over your feelings and concerns with your partner or another trusted person.
- Consider joining or starting a pregnancy support group.
- Continue with activities that you enjoy. This is a great time for you and your partner to spend time together before the baby arrives.
- Pamper yourself. Get a haircut and all-natural manicure.
- Exercise regularly. Prenatal exercise classes can be a valuable source of support from other pregnant mothers.
- Avoid becoming overly tired. Take naps whenever possible. Even a 15-minute rest can help.
- Be sure your diet is healthy. Eat enough protein and iron every day.
- Attend classes, read books and watch videos on various aspects of pregnancy, childbirth and newborn care. Knowing what to expect will help ease tension.