Headaches During Pregnancy

There is still so much information we do not fully know and understand relating to what can cause headaches. Women tend to suffer from tension headaches and migraines more than men do. It is a theory that hormones can be an important factor in this as well. Pregnancy is one of the times in a woman’s life when she goes through the most changes hormonally. Many women experience an increase in the occurrence of headaches during pregnancy. In most instances, these hormone changes level out after the first trimester and the body begins to adjust to the changes taking place.

There are some ways that pregnant women can help alleviate the pain associated with headaches during their pregnancy. Stress is a well known trigger for headaches and it can be stressful to be pregnant even if the expectant mother is excited about her pregnancy. Taking the time for mediation and to exercise can help pregnant women minimize the stress they are feeling.

Pregnant women need to plenty of rest, but many of them do not get enough. As a result, they suffer from tension headaches and migraines. Pregnant women are advised to take short naps in the afternoon if they get tired, but they should not sleep too long because they are likely to have trouble sleeping at night. It is best for pregnant women to go to bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning. Doing so helps the body stay regulated with so many other changes taking place.

It is never a good idea to drink alcohol while pregnant. There is some debate over a small amount of it not hurting the baby, but why take the risk? Consuming alcohol, particularly red wine, can lead to headaches. Even mild drinkers can end up with a headache.

Too much caffeine is not good for anyone, but its consumption definitely should be monitored during pregnancy. Common culprits of caffeine are tea and coffee. Many pregnant women feel that they need their morning coffee to get going, but consuming coffee could give them a headache later in the day. Keep in mind that some over-the-counter headache medications also contain amounts of caffeine. Pregnant women who consumed large amounts of caffeine before they became pregnant must slowly reduce the amount of caffeine they consume. It is known that if caffeine is removed all at once, it can also cause headaches.

Most medical professionals believe it is perfectly fine for pregnant women to consume acetaminophen for treating headaches. It is not a good idea to use either aspirin or ibuprofen during pregnancy. Make sure that you discuss your headache treatment during pregnancy and the relief methods you are using with your doctor. It is a good idea to try natural remedies before you move on to over-the-counter products for headache relief while you are pregnant.

Page Updated: November 12, 2016
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