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Headaches During Pregnancy

Headaches During Pregnancy

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Unfortunately, headaches can be a common side effect of pregnancy. They can be caused by lack of sleep, not drinking enough water, low blood sugar, or the surge of hormones in your body.

Some women who suffer from migraines may find that they are less frequent while pregnant, but others find their headaches get much worse after conception. If you're taking migraine medication before you become pregnant, you'll need to discuss your treatment with your doctor to make sure that it is safe for pregnancy. If you develop preeclampsia, which is a potentially dangerous condition that causes high blood pressure, you might also suffer from headaches much more frequently.

You can treat headaches with good diet, exercise and adequate sleep. You need to eat well-balanced meals with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains, low fat dairy and lean meat and fish. Avoid fatty or sugary foods, as these can make headaches worse. Eating smaller meals throughout the day is also beneficial, as your blood sugar won't crash. If you exercise at least three times per week, you may find relief from pregnancy headaches. Exercise releases endorphins, and you'll feel better physically and mentally.

Taking time for yourself is extremely important. It can be easy to worry about your financial situation, planning for your baby, and developing your relationship with your partner. The less you worry, however, the less you'll experience tension headaches.

Remember when your mother told you to stand up straight? Well, it's even more crucial in your third trimester. Standing for long periods of time and having poor posture is the main reason why pregnant women have headaches towards the end of the pregnancy.

In most cases, your doctor will advise you not to take aspirin or ibuprofen for pain. Acetaminophen may be used in some cases, but most women will need to use natural remedies to relieve their pain. A warm compress on your eyes and nose can eliminate a sinus headache, while a cold compress on the back of your neck will stop a tension headache. Massage, a hot bath or shower, or lying down are other options.

If your headaches get very frequent, more painful, or are accompanied by blurry vision or facial swelling, you should contact your health care provider as this could be a sign something more serious.


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