Headache During Pregnancy ? What are reasons and Remedies ?

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Causes of Headache during Pregnancy 2022: A common symptom which you may experience in pregnancy is headache. It can be during any trimester of pregnancy. In most cases, these headaches are usually simple headaches due to hormonal changes .

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However, there are some conditions a pregnant women may experience severe headaches which is usually due to some underline problem. These problems may be high blood pressure in pregnancy, preeclampsia , stroke, migraine, etc

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In this post , We have tried to discuss all about causes, symptoms and treatment for these headaches.

1. TYPES OF HEADACHES DURING PREGNANCY

Let’s discuss the types of headaches which may occur in pregnant as well as non pregnant females.

1.1 Migraine headaches

A migraine causes a throbbing pain on one or both sides of the head. These headaches are usually accompanied by acme prodromal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, stomach upset, and sensitivity to light or noise. The patient usually wants to lie down in a dark and quiet room during this headache episode.

Migraine headaches are usually triggered by stress. Other reasons may be fatigue, weather or environmental conditions.

Adequate rest and avoiding triggering factors helps to keep migraine attacks under control.

1.2 Tension headaches

These headaches are caused by stress, depression, hormonal changes due to pregnancy.

So stretching exercises of neck and shoulder, adequate sleep and meditation yoga helps in these kind of headaches.

1.3 Sinus headaches

  • These headaches are associated with a runny nose and nasal congestion.
    Symptoms of sinus headaches are severe pain in head especially on one side, cold, congestion of nose, pain in forehead and around eyes.

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2. WHAT CAUSES HEADACHE IN PREGNANCY?

During pregnancy there is increase in blood volume in your body and also there in increase in pregnancy hormones. It’s due to these changes that headache in pregnancy occurs.

Apart from hormonal changes and increased blood volume, the common causes of headache during the first trimester or Headache during early pregnancy are

  • Stress
  • Lack of sleep
  • Dehydration
  • Low blood sugar
  • Poor posture
  • Weak eye sight

Headache in pregnancy most commonly occurs due to high blood pressure, a condition known as preeclampsia. Pregnancy headaches during second trimester and headache during pregnancy 3rd trimester can also be due to high blood pressure, or preeclampsia.

Watch my video on high BP in pregnancy

Preeclampsia is a condition in which both mother and baby are affected, so in any headache in pregnancy blood pressure should be checked first.

3. WHAT TO DO DURING HEADACHES

If your blood pressure is normal , eye sight is normal , them you may try some natural means to relieve your headache.

  1. Good head massage- It will relieve your headache, epesicially if it is tension headache. Neck and shoulder massage will relieve posture headaches.
  2. Keep proper posture during your work
  3. Warm shower
  4. Stretching exercise of neck and head.
  5. Keep yourself hydrated. Take plenty of fluids.
  6. Meditation to relieve stress.

4. WHEN SHOULD YOU CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR

  1. Don’t take any self medication. Cause of headache should be evaluated by a doctor and he/she will prescribe you medicines.
  2. If the blood pressure is increased or there are accompanying symptoms like blurring of vision, epigastric pain, swelling of hands and feet.
  3. None of the above measure gives you relief.
  4. Your headaches become more persistent and regular.
  5. Characteristics and site of headache are different from normal headache.

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