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Q&A: Ways to deal with headaches during pregnancy?

Why am I getting these headaches, and what can I do about them? 

Re: Why am I getting these headaches, and what can I do about them? 

The Bump Expert

Headaches are very common during the first trimester, and stem from a variety of factors. Surging hormones, increased blood volume circulation, stress, lack of sleep, dehydration, and caffeine withdrawal all can lead to a pounding head. Luckily, these headaches should recede during the second trimester as your body adjusts to the new hormone levels. If severe headaches do occur during the third trimester, talk to your doctor -- this could be a sign of preeclampsia.

Avoid tension headaches by getting plenty of sleep, exercising, eating healthy, and staying hydrated. If the pain does hit, try applying a warm compress to your face or a cold compress to the back of your neck, resting in a dark room or taking a warm shower. This is also the perfect time to let your spouse do his part in the pregnancy... meaning, a neck and shoulder massage for you! If these natural methods don't relieve the pain, talk to your doctor about medication. It's generally recommended for pregnant women to steer clear of meds like aspirin and ibuprofen, but never pop any pills or supplements without your doctor's approval.

 

Paula Kashtan

Q&A: Ways to deal with headaches during pregnancy?

My headaches are caused by low blood pressure, which is a common pregnancy symptom in the 1st and 2nd trimester. The only thing that helps mine is to drink a LOT of water. It's like taking a miracle drug. The next day, the headache is gone. But if I slack off on the water intake, it comes back.

laboruff |

Q&A: Ways to deal with headaches during pregnancy?

I've gotten frequent headaches my whole life, so I was worried about not being able to take over the counter meds for it. I'm 15 weeks pregnant now and have been approved to take Tylenol, but but not Ibuprofen/Advil... It's just really hard to keep it to a minimum when I'm so prone to headaches anyway. Hopefully they won't get any worse from here.

sdthiessen |

Q&A: Ways to deal with headaches during pregnancy?

I am 15 weeks pregnant now and for the past week I have had horrible tension headaches and no relieve with tylenol my doctor had to call in a script to the pharmacy for me to finally knock it out! She made a point to tell me even if you think your hydrated and drinking enough fluids YOUR NOT! so from now on it's water water water for me and lets hope this gets better.

scott_patrici82@hotmail.com |

Q&A: Ways to deal with headaches during pregnancy?

I've suffered from migraines for over 15 years and was on preventative meds prior to TTC. I was told by my OB and Neurologist that the only thing(s) I could take were either Tylenol or Excedrin. I was surprised to see that the Excedrin actually worked for me, considering pre-pregnancy it did nothing. Tylenol never did anything for the pain and still doesn't. Check with your OB to see what other safe pain relievers they'd recommend. GL!

BoxerMomma24 |