Are you looking for more information about headaches during pregnancy? If so, you have come to the right place. Throughout this article we will discuss whether or not it is normal to experience headaches during pregnancy, what you can do to cure the pain, and when a headache can be a sign of a larger, more serious problem.
Let’s begin the article by easing your mind. If you are experiencing headaches throughout your pregnancy, you are completely normal. Tension headaches, the most common type of headaches, are very common during pregnancy, especially throughout the first trimester. If you do not usually experience tension headaches, you may begin to experience them throughout your pregnancy, and if you do normally experience tension headaches, your pregnancy is likely to worsen the problem.
While the exact cause of tension headaches during pregnancy is unknown, doctors suggest that it probably has something to do with the change in hormones. Tension headaches throughout pregnancy can also be caused by lack of sleep, stress, depression, hunger, and dehydration. Usually, symptoms of tension headaches will begin to diminish within the second trimester, but can sometimes last throughout the entire pregnancy.
What can be done to ease the pain? While there are some medications, such as Acetaminophen, that are safe to take throughout pregnancy, it is generally recommended that you try other techniques to relieve your pain first. The best way to help relieve your pain is to figure out what is triggering it. Do this by keeping track of everything that you eat and everything that you do, to determine what may be leading to your headache. Common headache triggers include certain foods, load noises, bright lights, extreme weather conditions, strong odors, and cigarette smoke. Other things that you can do to help ease the pain of your headaches are take a shower, avoid fatigue, exercise daily, engage in daily relaxation techniques, get a massage, and try acupuncture.
While most pregnancy headaches are harmless, they can also be a sign of something more serious. For example, if you are experiencing headaches during your second or third trimester, you could have preeclampsia, which is a serious pregnancy-induced syndrome. If you are experiencing headaches during your second or third trimester, be sure to contact your health provider immediately. Also contact your health care provider if you are experiencing abdominal pains, weight gain, or swelling along with your headaches.
Pregnancy headaches can also be a sign of something more serious if you are experiencing sudden and violent pains, if your headache is accompanied by a fever or stiff neck, if you are experiencing vision or speech problems, drowsiness, or numbness, or if you are experiencing headaches after a fall or after hitting your head.
The best way to ensure that your headaches are normal is to keep your health care provider informed. When it comes to you and your baby, it is better to be safe than sorry!