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    Default Hypoglycemia in the mornings

    I'm in my 12th week and have recently been experiencing dizziness and hot flushes when I wake up in the morning and on the train to work. My doctor says my blood pressure is good so must be blood sugar but says it's normal and to just ensure I keep snacking and drinking water but I find that not much helps in the mornings. My heart starts racing and I feel very hot and light headed. Do I need to have a big cooked breakfast if snacking is not helping? I'm not big on eating lots for breakfast as I can't stomach much early in the morning, so I usually have a smoothie around 8:30 but have been starting my morning with whole grain toast as I'm so hungry when I wake up and I snack on pieces of apple and date balls on the train but I still get this feeling. Any other suggestions? Hate this feeling like I'm going to faint.

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    Default Hypoglycemia in the mornings

    I was having the same, interestingly my biggest crash was 10-11am ish, just after a mid morning snack.

    It might be worth talking to your GP or midwife about doing an early GTT to rule out gestational diabetes causing hypo crashes.

    Google diabetic snacks and snacks for keeping blood sugar stable- fruit is not the best option. Protein seems to be the way to go, or at least including protein- like peanut butter on apple slices.

    I never did figure out what caused mine but it only lasted a few weeks thankfully!

    Edit: also make sure you're well hydrated and getting enough sleep!

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    Was your blood pressure on the low end of normal? Mine always is and I would get low blood pressure in the mornings driving to work during pregnancy. I think it was the sitting still. I found that waving my arms around helped get my blood pumping again and relived the dizziness but I did pull over and walk a few times it was so bad.

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    Thanks for your input everyone.

    The doctor that I spoke to about it was my endocrinologist who I'm seeing for my thyroid, she also specialises in diabetes and she never mentioned GD as a concern. I think it would be an all day thing if it were that. She did say dried fruit is a perfect snack for low blood sugar because it's slow release and will keep it sustained. Other than that I have pea protein powder in my smoothie and oats so I'm getting a variety of nutrients from that and it's not just fruit. Although I'm drinking lots of water at work I avoid it on public transport otherwise I need to go to the toilet but maybe just a few small sips could help. My blood pressure was great and she tested it lying and standing, it was actually better once I stood up so could be the sitting on the train that's doing it. I do find I feel better when I get off the train and get some fresh air. At work I'm up and down all day never sitting for more than 10min.


 

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