For a lot of women, pregnancy is fraught with unwanted side effects.
A lot of the symptoms are to do with the surge of certain hormones in the body, including headaches.
If you're experiencing a sore head whilst you're expecting, read on to find out the causes and treatments...
What causes headaches in pregnancy?
As your body will be experiencing many hormonal changes in your first trimester, this can cause more frequent headaches than normal.
Headaches during your third trimester could be an indication of preeclampsia, a condition that describes high blood pressure during pregnancy.
Preeclampsia can lead to serious problems if it's not looked at, so check with your midwife if you see swelling in your face, hands, and feet, and have pain under your ribs.
What do I do?
The NHS recommends you to try and prevent headaches from happening in the first place if you can by:
Eating balanced meals
Drinking plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration
Getting enough sleep
Resting and relaxing whenever you can – you could try a pregnancy yoga class
If you're suffering badly from these pregnancy headaches, you can take paracetamol.
Paracetamol is the recommended painkiller for many pregnant women as it has no harmful effects to you or your baby.
If you do not experience any relief from the advice or the headaches are getting more severe and intense, contact your midwife.
Pregnant women can also experience migraines. A migraine is a type of headache that occurs on one side of the head and can make people feel sick and be sensitive to light or sound.
Before or during a migraine, some people could:
See flashing lights or a change in their vision
Problems with their speech
Pins and needles feeling in their arms and legs
To treat or relieve the symptoms of a migraine, try the following:
Put a warm facecloth on your eye and nose area, if it is a sinus headache
Put a cold pack on the back of your neck, taking a bath or using a heat pack, if it is a tension headache
Try a neck and shoulders massage
The following foods can trigger a migraine which you should look out for:
Monosodium glutamate (MSG)
Caffeine (withdrawal from)
Here also some things to look out for:
Bright or flickering lights
Emotional triggers such as arguments or stress
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