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Questions about Vaso-vagal

From: T. Marie


I am thinking about getting pregnant in the next year or two. I am pretty nervous about Vasovagal symptoms cropping up due to and during pregnancy. I have read what other women had to say and the messages are pretty mixed. I had vasovagal episodes when I was young and then went 16 years without a problem. This last August I didn't realize I was coming down with the flu (which set off my vasovagal occurances when I was young) and ended up passing out in the middle of the street. I passed out another two times that afternoon within the next 30 minutes. The third time was the scariest as I passed out in the emergency room and was in the middle of throwing up when I awoke (which had never happened before). I had another VV attack at work in the bathroom two months later while going to the bathroom (bm) - found myself passed out in the bathroom stall with a gash on my face from hitting the floor. My questions - is there a way to know or for a doctor to know if pregnancy will bring on VV episodes? Is there anything you can take that would be safe during pregnancy (I read Beta Blockers can help?) What about the actual birth - if I can't bear down to use the bathroom, how can I bear down to have a child? Does anyone else have any suggestions or answers?

This web site is not a substitute for a thorough medical evaluation and diagnosis of your vaso-vagal type symptoms.  Medical treatment and diagnosis is the only acceptable initial response to these serious symptoms since they might present from any number of life threatening and treatable illnesses. It is for you and your physician to rule out more serious illnesses; Please don't use this online forum as an alternative to getting responsible medical attention and being under the care of a physician for the duration of any unknown, suspected or dangerous vaso-vagal syndrome symptoms.
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