Headache is a common discomfort during pregnancy, especially in the first and third trimesters. But, it may occur at any stage of pregnancy. This is particularly true if you are prone to headaches. So apart from nausea, vomiting, breast tenderness and a host of other discomforts you have to bear with this too! Those who have migraines may get some relief, but some women may get their first migraine attack during pregnancy.
Most common doubt among pregnant women, when they get a headache, is whether they can have over-the-counter medications.
Note: Do talk to your doctor before taking any medications for a headache.
Changes associated with pregnancy like an increase in hormone levels and blood volume lead to frequent headaches. Change in vision, poor posture and stress may add to this discomfort. Some other causes include low blood sugar levels, caffeine withdrawal, dehydration, and lack of sleep. In the third trimester, the most common cause of a headache is poor posture. It may also be due to pre-eclampsia.
The best way to control headaches during pregnancy is to prevent them. Try these tips to avoid this discomfort:
- Get some rest and relaxation
- Practice good posture
- Stay hydrated
- Have a sleep schedule
- Eat healthy, well-balanced food
- Eat at regular intervals or maintain blood sugar levels
- Apply cold packs
- Take a warm shower
When to meet the doctor for a headache
In most of the cases, headaches are not a big deal, but in some cases, it may indicate a serious, underlying problem. Contact your doctor if:
- Headache is persistent
- You did not get relief from any of the natural methods as mentioned above
- You feel that the headache is of a different kind than normal
- Headache is accompanied by blurry vision
- There is sudden weight gain
- Pain in the right abdomen
- Swelling in hands and face
The keynote to any pregnant women is to contact doctor whenever there is a new symptom or a troubling symptom.