Headache in pregnancy

Although headaches in most cases not dangerous to our health, it can seriously spoil the mood and prevent current affairs.It is wrong to assume that pregnant women have to endure this symptom.Moreover, the headache is a very common ailment of all expectant mothers.Today you will learn about the causes of the problem and safest way to combat it.

Causes and prevention of headaches

Headache complicates the lives of many pregnant women.It is therefore important to understand the causes of this problem in the future to eliminate the risk factors.

How much headache in pregnancy?

To this can affect a variety of moments:
  • noise;
  • stress;
  • fatigue;
  • too little outdoor exercise;
  • lack of sleep and an excess (especially in the second half of pregnancy);
  • inadequate fluid intake;
  • malnutrition;
  • tobacco smoke;
  • chocolate;
  • bright light;
  • too high or low temperature in the room.


Pain that occurs early in pregnancy, may be due to hormonal changes.Increased production of estrogen and proges
terone necessary for your child's development, also causes water retention in the tissues.There are significant edema including brain tissue, resulting in nerve receptors respond accordingly.Fortunately, it is not dangerous either for you or for the fetus.

How to prevent the emergence of a headache?

  1. First, reduce your speed.In your state there are more important things than the boss's mood, the color of the wallpaper in the nursery or child's order in the closet.Stay calm, allow yourself plenty of rest.
  2. Every day you have to sleep at least 8-10 hours (as recommended nap after lunch).
  3. Remember walks because they supply the body with oxygen, and the regular food, because hunger is manifested not only a sense of sucking in the stomach, and headache.
  4. in your diet must be present rich sources of magnesium (buckwheat flour from durum wheat, pumpkin seeds, cocoa, fennel, almonds, soybeans, bananas, sorrel, blackberries, white beans, beet leaves), because the deficiency of this elementoften causes a so-called tension headache.It's stupid and not very severe pain that can even persist for weeks.It is better to prevent than to cure.
  5. Similar problems causes dehydration, so do not forget about drinking regime.It is worth remembering that not every drink will benefit.Coffee, tea or thick juice can contribute to the loss of fluid from the body, or hinder its absorption.
  6. It is best to focus on pure non-carbonated water with low mineral content (500 mg per liter of elements) - it is not too loads kidneys.Pharmacies have a special water for pregnant women recommended by the Institute of Mother and Child.
  7. Do not forget about the comfortable bed, because the headache sometimes comes from the spine.The mattress should not be too hard, because on the basis of your hard bones and muscles are constantly tense and relax completely.Too soft mattress supports bad anatomic position of the spine, as a result it is unevenly loaded.

to the doctor

If even after the elimination of negative factors the pain persists, it is wise to consult a specialist.

migraine and hypertension during pregnancy

Headache is sometimes a symptom of high blood pressure, which may signal a serious threat to the health and pregnancy.If you have a device for measuring pressure, check it regularly.In case of exceeding the norm, which is 135/85 mm Hg, call obstetrician.

Even without tonometer can be determined that the cause of the problems is hypertension.In this case, the pain occurs in the morning, in the back of the head (neck).Sometimes it is accompanied by ringing or tinnitus, and overexcitement.

Sometimes, the doctor leading the pregnancy, decides that with a headache you need to refer to another specialist.If you suffer from migraines, and are under the care of a neurologist, it will also help you deal with pain.Nevertheless, as a result of hormonal changes during pregnancy, patients often forget migraine.Although the mechanism of this phenomenon is not fully understood, the statistics confirm that the typical migraine headaches expectant mothers occur much less often than other patients.

ideally before conception have to undergo treatment of migraine by a neurologist.Many pharmaceutical drugs used in the treatment of this disease, are contraindicated for pregnant women.Headache can also cause upper respiratory tract infection (such as sinuses) and even incorrect glasses.So neither surprised if the gynecologist will recommend that you consult an ENT or ophthalmologist.

Pregnant headache

When you need urgent medical care?

immediately consult a doctor if the pain is very strong - such that you have not experienced, or is accompanied by symptoms:
  • nausea and vomiting, syncope (fainting) - especially if these symptoms appear, such as after head injury(there is a risk of subarachnoid hemorrhage or intracerebral hematoma);
  • temperature is above 38 ° C (this indicates a urinary tract infection or other hazardous condition);
  • dizziness and severe fatigue;
  • swelling of the face or hands;
  • blurred vision;
  • neck stiffness;
  • numbness in hands and feet;
  • cramps.

In addition, consult your doctor if you happen to have lost consciousness for unknown reasons, if you have a headache the morning after waking up and the pain wakes you up at night.

safe means of headaches during pregnancy

If you have "normal" headaches (not related to disease), try a proven, safe methods.
  1. Take a warm relaxing bath .In the water you can add a few drops of essential oils (sage, ylang ylang, lavender) or flavored salt.Focus on those additives and fragrances that help relax you personally.But in this case try to stay in water no more than 15 minutes.
  2. Close the curtains in the room, create twilight , and lie down for a while.It is desirable that the room was full of silence.
  3. Cold compresses - one of the most ancient ways of a headache.Dampen a towel with cold water and put it on the forehead or back of the head.You can also make a warm bath for the feet and rub his whiskey with ice cubes.
  4. pregnancy can help light massage: for this you need to massage in a circular motion in the direction of the forehead to the temples.Then knead the back of the neck - it needs to be rubbed in the direction of the shoulders.But it's best to ask someone from the family, so they made you a massage.The massage oil is recommended to add a drop of lavender essential oil.
  5. Pinch the area between the eyebrows and ear (behind the bone appendage located on the hairline).
  6. If you know that the cause of the pain is in the spine, try exercise relieves excessive muscle tension .To do this, sit straight.Gently tilt your head to the left shoulder and hold in this position for about 5 seconds.Return to starting position and repeat the exercise as gently to the other side.Then proceed to the turning of the head to the right and left side of the release (ie, delayed in the extreme point of 5 seconds).Complete charging can be gentle circular movements.
  7. chamomile tea is absolutely contraindicated in expectant mothers, so we recommend using it to deal with a headache, toxicity and overexertion.
  8. Although during pregnancy have a golden rule: any medication without the doctor's approval can not be taken, in fact, nothing terrible will happen if you drink one tablet (but not more) of paracetamol.This drug is recognized as completely safe during pregnancy.In the future, talk to your doctor about dosage of painkillers, if the head will again be disturbed.

Remember that popular in our medicine cabinets painkillers (Ibuprofen, aspirin, etc.) Is strictly contraindicated in women "interesting position".They may cause fetal malformations, miscarriage and other problems.

Finally we want to offer you a technique that will remove the headache for 4 minutes (without the use of drugs):

Now that you know all about the headaches during pregnancy.As you can see, in most cases, nothing bad for this symptom is not covered.Most often enough to change the rhythm of life and allow yourself more rest to pain disappeared.We wish you and your unborn baby good health!

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