Yes, it is very normal to have periods of dizziness and or feelings of faintness, during pregnancy, especially during the early weeks. Your blood pressure tends to be lower during pregnancy and this is the cause of the faintness you are experiencing. It is important not to stand for long stretches of time or to get up too quickly after you have been sitting or lying down. This moves blood away from your brain, which results in your feeling lightheaded. Two great habits to adopt are; 1.) to roll onto your side before rising out of bed, 2.) when standing for periods of time, bend your knees often. This helps to keep your blood circulating well.
If you are feeling dizzy or lightheaded, it is best to sit down and put your head between your knees. This helps blood to move up into your head, making you feel better. The good news is that this usually passes in the second trimester.
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