Pregnancy & vertigo

Written by janet veverka | 13/05/2017
Pregnancy & vertigo
Pregnant women often experience vertigo. (Image by, courtesy of Cora Reed)

Many women will experience vertigo, a type of dizziness much like a whirling or spinning movement, within their pregnancy. Vertigo in pregnant women can potentially create a nauseous feeling, but most often causes difficulty in sitting or standing.

Vertigo as a sign of pregnancy

Vertigo is often a sign that someone is pregnant. Symptoms of feeling dizzy, needing to sit down or the room spinning often occur at the beginning of pregnancy in some women.

Causes of vertigo

Some of the most common causes of vertigo include inner ear disorders, migraine headaches and decreased blood flow through the arteries.

Vertigo in the 19th week of pregnancy

Although vertigo can occur at any time during pregnancy, it is specifically noticeable around the 19th week. A light dizziness, or vertigo, is common causing pregnant women to approach sitting and standing with more caution.

Postpartum vertigo

Experiencing vertigo just after delivering a baby is referred to as "postpartum vertigo." There are many causes of postpartum vertigo including migraines, straining or blowing the nose and ear conditions associated with hearing loss.


Vertigo is also a symptom of anaemia which can occur during pregnancy. Anemia can also identify itself through fatigue, pale lips or skin, laboured breathing and a rapid heartbeat. Anemia is diagnosed through a routine blood test for haemoglobin or hematocrit. Good nutrition helps to prevent anaemia in pregnancy.

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