headache-triggers-woman-400x400Pregnancy is not always easy. I am one of the lucky ones. My pregnancy has been smooth almost from day one. I had a little scare during my second trimester with a complete placenta previa, but over the course of 10 weeks and many ultrasounds, the placenta moved to where it is supposed to be! However, I know that many women are not as lucky with their pregnancies. Morning sickness, high blood pressure, and a number of other things can dampen one’s pregnancy experience.

Recently, I have been reeling with headaches. I had frequent headaches during my first trimester and they have returned in the last month. While my blood pressure remains normal and my doctor says everything is fine, the almost daily pain is difficult to manage. So I started doing some of my own research. What can treat these headaches without using Tylenol on the regular?

Most Common Reasons for Headaches during Pregnancy:

  • Dehydration: Drink up, ladies! Your fluid needs actually increase during pregnancy.
  • Tension: Tension builds for a number of reasons during pregnancy. Stress (there is a lot changing!), posture changes, and carrying around extra weight are just a few.
    • Try to rest and relax as much as possible.
    • Massage can be a great option for tension relief.
    • Use hot/cold compresses on your neck and temples.
    • Exercise! This can relieve stress and help with posture. Not to mention the benefits during labor and recovery after pregnancy!
  • Poor Sleep Quality: Sleep starts to get more and more elusive throughout pregnancy. Maybe it’s just a sick joke to get your ready for sleepless nights after baby arrives? But I have found that a body pillow is a great way to find a comfortable position on my side so I rest better.
  • High Blood Pressure: If your headaches are consistent, it is important to discuss this with your OBGYN. Your doctor will tell you if your blood pressure is high and what treatment is best for you. It is a good idea to check your blood pressure regularly between visits if you are concerned with your blood pressure level or having regular headaches.

If headaches are plaguing you regularly, try some of these tips for preventing and treating them without medication. But as always, make sure to consult your doctor if you have frequent headaches.

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