Headaches in Pregnancy

There’s a common thread when it comes to preventing some of the more common pregnancy side effects. Good nutrition, hydration, exercise and adequate rest. Of course following these guidelines doesn’t mean you are immune but it will help minimise your chances.

It’s suggested that headaches in pregnancy are caused by the changing level of hormones and the increase in the blood volume circulating throughout your body. However headaches can be caused by a number of other factors including dehydration, hunger, fatigue and back pain. You may also experience headache if you have recently removed caffeine from your diet.

If you develop a headache, increase your fluid intake, take yourself off into a dark room, lie down and rest. A cold (or warm) pack over your eyes may also help ease the pain. If you suspect the pain is a result of back pain, try a massage.

If you’re really struggling, check with your health care provider about other treatment options. Most women can safely take paracetamol (also known as acetaminophen) during pregnancy to treat occasional headaches. Like all medications however, it’s important you get the OK from your doctor first. And of course if symptoms persist, it’s definitely time to check in with your primary caregiver to rule out something more serious – particularly if you’ve noticed sudden and severe swelling, vomiting or blurred vision. These can be a signs of pre-eclampsia – a serious pregnancy complication.

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