Many women experience headaches during pregnancy, especially in the first and third trimesters. Hormonal changes that affect oestrogen levels, along with an increase in blood volume and circulation. Other potential causes for headache include lack of sleep, or general fatigue, sinus congestion, allergies, eye-strain, stress, depression, hunger, and dehydration. So, many and varied!!
For most pregnant women, headaches tend to diminish or even disappear during the second trimester, when the flood of hormones stabilise and the body grows accustomed to the alterations in chemical levels. Third trimester pregnancy headaches are often related to poor posture – a result of the extra weight of carrying the baby. They may also be related to a serious rise in blood pressure, known as pre-eclampsia, which requires immediate medical attention.
Even if you’ve had headaches before, talk to your Health Care Provider about them so they can decide what kind of evaluation and treatment might be best for you during your pregnancy.
Proceed with caution when taking medication to treat headaches during pregnancy. Many headache medications may have harmful or unknown effects on a developing baby. You’re not at the mercy of your headaches, though. There’s much you can do to prevent or relieve headaches during pregnancy.
To prevent headaches during pregnancy:
When a headache strikes:
Remember, medication isn’t necessarily off-limits during pregnancy. As with any medication, herbal or manufactured, make sure you have the OK from your health care provider first.
Once again, if these steps don’t help, talk to your Health Care Provider about them so they can decide what kind of evaluation and treatment might be best for you during your pregnancy.
In recognition of us all being individuals and each having different bodies and therefore differing health requirements, all information provided is a general recommendation only and not a Prescription. All health related information and subsequent questions must be followed up with your own physician.