Signs & Symptoms of Low Blood Sugar in Pregnancy

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Pregnant women sometimes experience episodes of low blood sugar, known as hypoglycemia. There are many signs, both mental and physical, of a hypoglycemic episode. All symptoms can be alleviated by eating, which puts sugar back into the body.

There are physical and mental signs of low blood sugar during pregnancy.
There are physical and mental signs of low blood sugar during pregnancy.

Shaking

When a pregnant woman is hungry, and her hands shake or tremble, it is possible that she is having a hypoglycemic reaction.

Shaking and trembling hands when she is hungry could be a hypoglycemic reaction.
Shaking and trembling hands when she is hungry could be a hypoglycemic reaction.

Light-headedness

A lack of sugar in the blood can affect the brain's function, leading a pregnant woman to become confused, dizzy or light-headed.

You may become dizzy, confused or light-headed.
You may become dizzy, confused or light-headed.

Anxiety

Mood changes can occur as a result of low blood sugar. A pregnant woman might experience anxiety, nervousness or irritability when her blood sugar is low.

Mood changes can occur as a result of low blood sugar.
Mood changes can occur as a result of low blood sugar.

Fatigue

Low energy levels are also a result of hypoglycemia. Sugar is the body's energy, so when a woman experiences low blood sugar during pregnancy, she may feel tired or weak.

Low energy levels and fatigue are common.
Low energy levels and fatigue are common.

Problems Sleeping

Another effect that low blood sugar has on the brain is the presence of nightmares, which disrupt sleep. In addition, hypoglycemia causes excessive sweating, which can also cause a woman to have additional trouble sleeping during pregnancy.

You may have more nightmares and troubles sleeping with low blood sugar.
You may have more nightmares and troubles sleeping with low blood sugar.

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