Women's Health

Headache during Pregnancy

​​​​​Headache during pregnancy:

Headaches are one of the most common problems that occur during pregnancy and may occur at any time during pregnancy, but they tend to be more common during the first and third trimesters. A woman with regular migraines may notice that she has fewer migraines during pregnancy, however. Some may experience the same number or even more migraines, so it is important to talk to the doctor about any medications that you may be taking to treat headaches, and the occurrence of headaches in the third trimester of pregnancy can be a sign of pre-eclampsia, so you should pay close attention.

Cause of headache during pregnancy:
During the first trimester of pregnancy, the body experiences an increase in hormones and an increase in blood volume. These two changes can cause frequent headaches. These headaches may be exacerbated by stress or changes in vision. Other causes may include:
  • Lack of sleep
  • Low blood sugar
  • Dehydration.
  • Caffeine withdrawal
  • Stress (due to many changes)
  • Migraines.
  • Having depression or anxiety.
Headaches during the third trimester tend to be more often related to the stress of carrying extra weight. Headaches during the third trimester may also be due to preeclampsia (high blood pressure during pregnancy).

Headache treatment during pregnancy:
Pregnant women with migraines are not advised to use migraine medications. As for other headaches, it is advised to try to treat headaches without medication. You can try to relieve headaches by natural means:
  • When feeling a sinus headache, it is preferable to place a warm compress around the eyes and nose.
  • When feeling a tension headache, it is preferable to place a cold compress or an ice bag on the back of the neck.
  • Maintain your blood sugar level by eating smaller, more frequent meals.
  • Shoulder and neck massage is an effective way to relieve pain.
  • Relax in a dark room and practice deep breathing
  • -ake a warm bath
  • Get plenty of rest and relaxation
  • Drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration.
It is a specific type of headache that often occurs on one side of the head and can be either mild or very painful. Sufferers can feel tired or vomit and be sensitive to light or sound.
In pregnancy, migraines may get worse in the early months, but they can improve in the later stages of pregnancy.

Common triggers of migraines:
  • Bright lights.
  • Strong smells
  • Loud voices.
  • Excessive or sudden exercise.
  • Emotional triggers (e.g., argument or stress).
When to see a doctor:
  • When the headache persists or gets worse
  • When you feel a different headache than usual
  • When the headache is accompanied by blurry vision, pain in the upper abdomen (below the rib cage), and swelling of the hands, face, ankles, and feet.
  • Vomiting occurs.
Dealing with headaches during pregnancy:
  • Paracetamol is the first choice for painkillers after doctor's advice.
  • Drink plenty of fluids; To prevent dehydration
  • Get enough sleep
  • Rest and relaxation.

Last Update : 07 June 2023 02:26 PM
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