Balance Disorders During Pregnancy - 5 Causes, 9 Symptoms & 2 Treatments You Should Be Aware Of

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Congratulations on the pregnancy! While it is important to enjoy your pregnancy period, it is also essential to be cautious and careful.

A slight negligence can lead to serious repercussions on you or your baby’s health. So it is important that you take the utmost care of yourself, during and post-pregnancy.

One problem that you may face towards the later part of the pregnancy is going off-balance. This happens because of your growing belly. As your center of gravity shifts and you face more chances of falling or feeling dizzy. Alternately, it can be a balance disorder problem as well.

Any fall when you are pregnant can prove to be very harmful for your baby and you. It can lead to complications in your pregnancy too. Therefore, it is important for you to understand the balance disorder and how you can overcome it.

Causes Of Balance Disorder:

Here are the causes of balance disorder:

  • Viral or bacterial infections in the ear
  • Head injury
  • Blood circulation disorders
  • Side effect of certain type of medication.
  • Weight gain

During the later stages of pregnancy, your body produces a hormone called Relaxin. This loosens the pelvic joints to make them flexible for delivery. This can make you feel wobbly or vulnerable to fall.

Symptoms Of Balance Disorder:

You might be experiencing one or more of the following symptoms, if affected by balance disorder:

  • A spinning sensation (Vertigo) or dizziness
  • Feeling as if you are about to fall
  • Blurred vision
  • Feeling of disorientation or confusion
  • Light-headedness, floating sensation and signs of fainting
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Increase in heartbeat and blood pressure
  • A feeling of panic, anxiety and fear.

Usually these symptoms last only for a short period, but in some cases, they might take longer to recover.

Treatment For Balance Disorder:

The diagnosis of a balance disorder is quite difficult.

  • Your doctor might suggest you visit an otolaryngologist (one who specializes in the treatment of Ear, Nose and Throat.)
  • The otolaryngologist will evaluate your balance disorder by conducting tests on you before confirming the ailment.


Before your doctor suggests any treatment or medication, it is very important for him to know the cause of balance disorder.

If your disorder is due to a medical condition, the treatment shall be different. If it is due to medication, then a different treatment will be given to you.

Preventions And Precautions:

Completely recovering from the ailment might take a longer time. Therefore, your doctor will suggest you ways by which you can cope with it in your daily life:

1. Wear Flat Shoes:

You should avoid wearing high heeled shoes and wear flat platforms. This will reduce the chances of losing balance.

2. Be Careful On Stairs:

When you have to climb stairs, make sure to hold the railing. Avoid steep and narrow staircase.

3. Avoid Walking In Dark Places:

To reduce your injury from dizziness, always walk where you can see the road properly.

4. Avoid Rapid Actions:

Don’t hurriedly stand up or sit down from your position. Always take a minute or two. This applies even when you wake up from sleep.

5. Changes In Diet:

In extreme cases, your doctor might suggest you to reduce the intake of salt in your diet and to avoid caffeine completely.

During pregnancy you are responsible for your as well as your baby’s health. Do not let anything harm you or your little one. If you find any symptom which is alarming, consult your doctor and start your treatment.

We hope you find the precautions helpful and shall abide by it. Do share with us if you are aware of other ways to cure balance disorder.

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