Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Pregnant CNN Anchor Poppy Harlow Passes Out on Live TV

It was a frightening TV moment seen across the globe Monday morning when CNN anchor Poppy Harlow passed out while on the air. Harlow, 33, was reporting live when her words began to slur and soon after, listeners could hear her gasping for air. Shortly after the episode though, Harlow jumped on Twitter to put minds at ease. “For all of you asking on twitter..thank you so much…I got a little hot and I passed out for a moment..I am fine," she wrote on her Twitter page.

Harlow, who is pregnant, said she saw a doctor right after the incident, tweeting “Update from the hospital—our little girl due this spring is doing just fine. Was a scare but we are both ok. Thank you all so much!”

Jennifer Wu, an OB/GYN at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York who does not treat Harlow, said dizziness and fainting are not uncommon during pregnancy.

"Dizziness can be very common during pregnancy," Wu told ABC News. "There are hormonal and physiological changes that happen to your body when you are pregnant, your blood vessels dilate in order to bring more blood to your uterus and to the growing baby.

"I tell pregnant patients it is better for them to eat small frequent meals, so instead of a big breakfast big lunch or big dinner better to eat every 2 hours," she added. "...you should always contact your doctor about faintness and dizziness--some symptoms are serious like shortness-of-breath, or chest pains."

This is not the first time a reporter has struggled with words on-air. It happened to ABC News' own Paula Faris in 2013, thanks to gestational asthma, also because of a baby on-board.

And in 2011, news reporter Serene Branson of KCBS-TV in California made national headlines after she lost her ability to speak coherently as a result of a migraine aura.

As for Poppy Harlow, her experience was nothing more than a scare and she and her baby are doing just fine.

But doctors like Wu warn that if this happens to you, be sure to see a doctor right away.

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