Headache During Pregnancy

Pregnant woman having an headache

What causes it?

Most of us get a headache once in a while. They do not stop just because you are pregnant. During pregnancy, some women get more headaches than usual for them. This is caused by normal changes in the blood vessels. Headaches can also be caused by fatigue and stress.

What can I do about it?

• Think about the things that give you headaches and try to avoid them. Eye strain, cigarette smoke, coffee, and fluorescent lights cause headaches in some people.
• Get plenty of rest.
• Eat many small meals. Do not go for a long time without eating.
• Drink lots of fluids.

If you get a headache:

• Find a quiet place and relax.
• Put a damp cloth on your forehead or the back of your neck. Some people like a warm cloth, others want a cool one.
• Rub your neck, shoulders, face, and scalp. It’s even better if someone else does this for you.
• Get some fresh air.

What if none of this helps?

• Do not take any kind of pain medication until your doctor says it is okay. 
• Talk to your doctor if it seems like you have a lot of headaches.

• Contact your doctor right away if you have a severe headache, or a headache that lasts a long time, or if your vision is blurry (fuzzy). 
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