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Headache During Pregnancy

Headache during pregnancy is a common pregnancy complaint. Here are the causes that trigger headache and ways to avoid headaches when you are pregnant.

Experiencing headache when you are pregnant is quite a discomfort, considering the other associative changes taking place inside the body. It has been noted as a complaint from most women that they experience the headache mostly during their first and third trimesters, the second one being a considerably comfortable.

Causes of Headache During Pregnancy

If you are getting headache during the first trimester, it can be understood to have been primarily caused due to the enhanced levels of hormones. Added to it is the rise in the blood circulation levels in the entire body which results in a throbbing head.  Given below are other possible causes of the headache while you are pregnant –

  • Lack of adequate water intake or dehydration.
  • Low blood sugar levels.
  • Lack of adequate sleep.
  • Experiencing stress, in any form.
  • Caffeine withdrawal symptom.

Migraine and Pregnancy

The woman can be a migraine patient even before she becomes pregnant. It has been noticed that women suffering from migraine can have fewer attacks of migraine during pregnancy, while at the same time there can be others who experience an enhanced migraine attack when pregnant. So, there cannot be a generalised view on migraine and the occurrence of headache during pregnancy.

Third Trimester and Headaches

When you are suffering from headache during your third trimester, it is primarily because you are stressed out due to the imminent delivery and poor posture habits. Many women tend to get anxious and tend to be much tensed about the labour and the delivery and birth of the baby. This results in a headache. Then, if there is a sudden rise in your blood pressure levels due to a condition called preeclampsia, it might also result in the headache.

Ways to Avoid Headaches When You Are Pregnant

The most vital and effective method to avoid headache is to stay away from all factors that lead to the headache in the first place. For example, one should stop being anxious and being tensed. Enhance your awareness and be well informed on what to expect, so that will automatically lower your tension regarding the delivery. Given below is some other simple but effective tips:

Rest Adequately

It is important that you take plenty of rest as and when required. Your system, body and mind included needs to relax a lot when you are pregnant. 

Correct Your Posture

It is important that you maintain the correct posture when you are in your third trimester as you are carrying a lot of extra weight in your womb. Incorrect posture leads to strain and headache. 

Exercise Regularly

Regular workouts keep the body healthy and fit. The immune system is in good shape and the hormonal changes are kept in check, thereby the impacts of the changes taking place in your body are milder and symptoms like headaches are reduced considerably.

Balance Your Meals Well

Having the right meal at the right time is very important in relieving you from issues like headaches. Balance your diet as per the suggestion of your nutritionist.

It is advisable to go for natural therapies in order to prevent and get rid of headaches during pregnancy. Your doctor is the best judge to prescribe medicines, but you take some measures on your end too. The application of warm compress around the eyes and nose area relieves headache. If you are aware that it is the anxiety that has triggered the headache, application of cold compress at the base of the neck helps. Try to take in smaller and more frequent meals if your blood sugar levels are high. Not to forget that a relaxing massage can be a very effective pain reliever.

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Millers Evans.4 years ago
I remember having headaches during my first pregnancy. I didn't know how to prevent then, but in my second pregnancy, i was fully aware and i took precautions. Thank god my second pregnancy went on smoothly without a single episode of headache.
Millers Evans.4 years ago
I remember having headaches during my first pregnancy. I didn't know how to prevent then, but in my second pregnancy, i was fully aware and i took precautions. Thank god my second pregnancy went on smoothly without a single episode of headache.
Kutzu Zial.4 years ago
I have problem of migraine. I am trying to get pregnant so does this mean that i will be having headaches during my pregnancy? Please help and what can i do to avoid them
Lucia Avens.4 years ago
I always had terrible headaches while i was expecting. this continued the whole of first trimester. When i asked my doc. she just told me this happens. I never knew the actual cause, but thanks to this article i am aware of the causes.
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