Pregnancy and Meniere's Disease: How Does One Affect the Other?

Posted in Pregnancy on Sep 21, 2022

Meniere's disease is a disorder that can cause symptoms such as dizziness and hearing loss. The condition has been found in many women who are either pregnant or planning on becoming, because of the risk they take when balancing themselves while walking along narrow paths with high places nearby. Meniere's drawback includes frequent episodes involving vertigo/dizzy spells which begin during early morning hours.

Meniere's disease Symptoms

The most common symptom of Meniere's disease is vertigo. This is a feeling that you are spinning or that the room is spinning around you. Vertigo can be mild to severe and may last for a few minutes to a few hours. Other symptoms of Meniere's disease include: 

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  • Nausea and vomiting 
  • Sweating 
  • Abnormal eye movements 
  • Ringing in the affected ear (tinnitus) 
  • Hearing loss that gets worse over time 

If you are pregnant and have Meniere's disease, you may be worried about how the condition will affect your pregnancy. There is no need to worry as Meniere's disease does not cause any harm to you or your baby. However, you may find that your symptoms get worse during pregnancy. This is because the extra weight that you are carrying can make it more difficult to balance yourself. You may also be more likely to have episodes of vertigo if you are dehydrated or if you have low blood pressure. If you are worried about your symptoms, you should speak to your doctor. They will be able to advise you on how to manage your condition during pregnancy.

How to control Meniere's disease during pregnancy

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There is no one-size-fits-all answer to how to control Meniere's disease during pregnancy, as the severity of symptoms can differ from person to person. However, there are some general tips that may help: 

Avoiding trigger foods and drinks: Some people find that certain foods and drinks (such as caffeine, alcohol, and salt) can trigger or worsen Meniere's symptoms. If you suspect that particular food or drink is triggering your symptoms, it may be worth avoiding it during pregnancy.

  • Managing stress: Stress can exacerbate all kinds of health conditions, including Meniere's disease. While it may not be possible to completely eliminate stress during pregnancy, there are some things you can do to manage it. For example, you might try relaxation techniques such as yoga or meditation.
  • Exercising: Exercise can help to reduce stress and improve balance, both of which may help to ease Meniere's symptoms. However, it is important to speak to your doctor before starting any new exercise regime, as some types of exercise may be unsuitable during pregnancy.
  • Adjusting your sleeping position: Some people find that sleeping on their back can help to reduce the severity of Meniere's symptoms. If you typically sleep on your side, you may want to try propping yourself up with pillows or using a body pillow to support your back.

By following these tips, you may be able to help ease your Meniere's symptoms during pregnancy. Our chiropractic practice is a place where families can come together and thrive. We believe that the most important part of our community is those who have children because they bring us joy as well! One way we show this gratitude for their presence in your life (and ours) is by providing affordable chiropractor care without sacrificing quality or service with special family pricing options available just for you. Come visit today and we will take good care of you and your family.

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