Vertigo or dizziness after having a baby is a common complaint. Many doctors think of blood pressure, blood sugar, sleep deprivation, dehydration, and hormones as common causes of vertigo after having a baby.

In this blog, I’ll discuss three common causes of vertigo after having a baby no one is talking about.

BPPV

BPPV is the most common inner ear cause of dizziness and vertigo. This condition occurs when crystals in the inner ear become dislodged and displaced into a semi-circular canal.

Idiopathic BPPV is common in women experiencing hormonal changes, such as pregnancy and menopause.

I’ve had many patients who started getting vertigo during pregnancy or after having a baby, but they didn’t seek care because they thought it would just go away. Then when their child is finally a teenager, they find time to take care of themselves.

What To Do

BPPV has a high rate of successful resolution and the treatment can work fairly quickly if you seek the right provider.

If you have vertigo after having a baby and it’s worse when you bend over, look up, lie down, roll over, sit up in bed, or get out of bed, then you might have BPPV.

You can learn more about BPPV here.

You can search for a provider who treats BPPV using this blog.

Cervical Dizziness from Ligamentous Laxity

Pregnancy is known to increase the laxity of ligaments, so women can go through childbirth. However, the ligamentous laxity can last for up to 18 months if a woman is breastfeeding.

Therefore, cervical dizziness due to ligamentous laxity in the neck is a cause of vertigo after having a baby.

This issue can be exacerbated by all the lifting and bending that new mothers have to do every day. Using proper body mechanics is important to protect the neck and back from injury.

Vertigo after having a baby due to cervical issues may co-occur with neck pain and back pain. Even neck stiffness may be a symptom of cervical issues that can cause dizziness or vertigo.

If you are having neck pain, back pain, or neck stiffness along with vertigo after having a baby, this blog may help you find a provider.

Postpartum Migraine

Many women who suffer from migraines say that pregnancy hormones improved or relieved their migraines.

In some of these cases, the migraines never return after pregnancy. However, in other cases, the patient may suffer from a postpartum migraine.

This can last for minutes to hours, and even for days after having a baby.

If a one-sided severe headache is present as per a typical migraine, then the postpartum migraine is easier to recognize.

A vestibular migraine may be more stealthy, showing up as dizziness or vertigo without any headache. Vestibular migraines can only occur in patients with a personal history or family history of migraines.

They are often overlooked if there is no headache.

Postpartum migraines often co-occur with heightened sensitivity to light, sound, or smell during the episode.

To learn more about Vestibular migraines, click here.

For more discussion on less common causes of vertigo after having a baby, click here.

Disclaimer

This blog is provided for informational and educational purposes only. The content and any comments by Dr. Kim Bell, DPT are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. The details of any case mentioned in this post represent a typical patient that Dr. Bell might see and do not describe the circumstances of a specific individual.

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