Pregnancy Week by Week

Get a window on what’s happening in your pregnancy, week by week. From week four to week 42, your baby is experiencing a miraculous transformation from a clump of cells to a fully formed (and totally cute) newborn. Just imagine, as early as five weeks, your baby is already starting to form major organs (heart, stomach, liver, and kidneys) and systems (digestive, circulatory, nervous). By eight weeks, your raspberry-sized womb-mate is moving her arms and legs. At the beginning of your second trimester (week 14), your wee one is sucking his thumb. By week 28, the first week of the third trimester, baby (now as big as an eggplant) is prepping for breathing, developing his eyesight and packing on pounds in anticipation of life outside the womb. Each week is a new miracle. Less miraculous is how a mom-to-be may feel. Pregnancy Week-by-Week charts your baby’s development but also lets mom know what she might be feeling during each week of her pregnancy. Pregnancy week by Week includes everything mom needs to know to feel a sense of control over her pregnancy. Each week offers a complete guide to what you might feel, your must-do’s, your nice-to do’s, and answers and advice on everything pregnancy-related. Plus each week’s guide offers tips on maintaining a healthy and comfortable pregnancy from strategies on coping with pregnancy symptoms (morning sickness anyone?) to ideas for healthy eating, and pointers on talking to your OB. Let us guide you along your pregnancy, week by week.

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Q&A: Headache relief without medication?

I'm nervous about taking medication during pregnancy. Any ideas for treating a headache without meds?

Re: I'm nervous about taking medication during pregnancy. Any ideas for treating a headache without meds?

The Bump Expert

Good thinking -- I definitely recommend trying non-pharmacological pain relief methods first. These are also great techniques to try after pregnancy. (Though, if you do want to take medication, Tylenol is usually safe. Check with your provider before taking anything else, even something prescribed to you before pregnancy.)

[  ] Go to a room away from noise and dim the lights.

[  ] Try placing a cool compress on your forehead or over your eyes.

[  ] Eat small, frequent meals to make sure your blood sugar levels don’t drop.

[  ] Stay hydrated -- keep a water bottle with you at all times.

[  ] Consider enrolling in prenatal yoga or stress management classes, if your headaches are caused by tension.

[  ] Take regular time for low-impact exercise -- daily, if possible.

Most importantly, talk with your provider if you are experiencing frequent headaches, or the pain is not relieved by Tylenol and/or simple relief measures.  Headaches, particularly when combined with high blood pressure, can be a sign of a serious medical condition.


Maria Kammerer

Q&A: Headache relief without medication?

i get lot of headache at night time and even cry about it

desireegutierrez2 |

Q&A: Headache relief without medication?

In early Week 10 I started having really bad headaches, so bad that even Tylenol didn't help. I had to take a nap to relieve them and sometimes that didn't even help.

KaylaRo2012 |

Q&A: Headache relief without medication?

I have often migraines when I had my first one during my pregnancy I went to the chiropractor and it works very good for me I don't even took a tylenol...It works like magic!

Sheila Emery |

Q&A: Headache relief without medication?

I also get really intense headaches, particularly brought on by being in a dim room or around cigarette smoke. I'm resistant to taking medication even when I'm not pregnant. Lying in bed with a cold rag on my eyes seems to be the only thing that brought any relief. I found that whining to DH also helped. Pretty miserable! I lived though, and you will too. :)

missmery |

Q&A: Headache relief without medication?

I use an ice pack wrapped in a hand towel on the the nape of my neck. It works pretty well. I use this tactic for headaches and even migraines.

trogdor625 |

Q&A: Headache relief without medication?

I use a heating pad on my neck or a cold compress and a cold wet wash rag on the forehead and I make sure to sip water and get up and move around when the pain decreases

BodyModMom |

Q&A: Headache relief without medication?

i have found that a little lavander oil on the temples not only help the headache but also helps you sleep better. that mixed with a hot mug of peppermint tea usually does the trick if the headaches arent to to bad.

paige5486 |

Q&A: Headache relief without medication?

Massage therapy (from a qualified therapist) can do wonders. Look for MT's trained in neuromuscular therapy or craniosacral therapy that has also been trained to work on pregnant women. It has helped me tremendously for headaches and other pregnancy woes!

jbrugal |

Q&A: Headache relief without medication?

I had a headache the other day and I had a couple sips of Pepsi (my first this whole 12 weeks) and my headache felt better.

nehughes85 |

Q&A: Headache relief without medication?

Nerofeedback is a good alternative for help relieve headaches. It's a different take on biofeedback

Shelle113 |

Q&A: Headache relief without medication?

2014- My Dad just informed me that there was just a 25 year study on tylenol and its effects during pregnancy and its results weren't great. Linkages to ADHD or cause the child to potentially to be hyperactive. I personally don't take it at all so now that i'm 12 weeks along i definitely won't be. However, Im had my first migraine in years this weekend. Alllllllll weekend. i took a hot bath with epsom salts, i got a neck massage from my lover, i tried a lil caffeine, i ate almonds, i drank so much water, even another shower.... nothing worked. any food or alternative advice organic mamas?? new mantra~~ everything will be fine!! it's just a baby!!!!

lilcornbread4789531 |

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