Are you having a headache during pregnancy? Don't know why you have a headache during pregnancy? Worried about it?
Don't worry. Every pregnant woman has this problem. And this blog has the solution for this. But first, you should understand why you have a headache during pregnancy. Once you know this, you can try out the home remedies and tips mentioned below that can help you.
What causes a headache during pregnancy?
There can be many reasons for headache during pregnancy. The most common reasons are:
Change in blood pressure or blood sugar- Because of the hormonal changes during pregnancy, your body produces a lot of blood. If your blood pressure becomes too high or too low, it can lead to a headache.
Tension/stress- During your pregnancy, you might feel tensed or stressed because of so many different problems. This tension could be the reason for your headache during pregnancy.
Tiredness- Your body is going through so many changes, so you may not have a lot of energy during pregnancy. So it is important to rest well. Without enough rest, you will feel tired, because of which you can get a headache.
Hunger- If you don't eat regularly, you'll feel hungry, which can also cause headaches.
Dehydration- Morning sickness and vomiting during pregnancy can decrease the amount of water in your body. Less water causes dehydration, which can also be a reason for your headache during pregnancy.
Caffeine- Caffeine is a substance that is found in coffee and tea. If you had a habit of drinking coffee/tea, but you stop this suddenly, your body will stop getting caffeine. Your body will take 4-5 days to adjust to the change, during which you might get headaches. This is called caffeine withdrawal.
Blocked nose- If you have a cold or a blocked nose, then that can also be a reason for your headache during pregnancy.
Is it normal to have a headache during pregnancy?
Headache during pregnancy is normal. The biggest reason for headache during pregnancy is the change in hormone levels. The hormonal changes are more during the first trimester, which is why you might have more headaches in the first three months of pregnancy.
You don't have to worry about these headaches. They happen to everyone. You will some relief in the second and third trimester of your pregnancy, when the hormonal changes reduce.
When should you go to the doctor?
As you have already read above, headache during pregnancy are common, and don't have to worry about it. But there could be some cases in which you should go to your doctor for a check-up immediately. These cases are:
Headache when you wake up in the morning- After sleeping throughout the night, your mind and body should be well rested. There is usually no tension or tiredness at this time that can cause a headache. So if you do wake up with a headache, please get yourself checked by a doctor.
Fever- Along with your headache, if you have a fever or any pain in the neck, consult your doctor.
Too much change in weight- During pregnancy, if there is a sudden change in your weight along with a headache, consult your doctor in this case as well.
Wound/injury in the head- If your headache is because of any injury in your head, go to your doctor immediately.
Migraine- If your headache is severe, and you are not able to bear the pain, you might be having a migraine. During a migraine, you might also feel a throbbing (continuous beating) in your head. Migraines can be very painful, so consult your doctor if you have one.
Toothache, stomach ache- Along with the headache, if you also have pain in your stomach or teeth, consult your doctor immediately.
What medicines can you take for a headache during pregnancy?
Unfortunately, you should not take any of the medicines that you would have taken before your pregnancy. During pregnancy, you need to be very careful about what you eat and drink. Some medicines that you might have at home can be harmful during pregnancy.
The best thing to do is to ask your doctor for medicines that are safe to have during pregnancy. In any case, don't take any medicine without your doctor's prescription.
It is safe to have homoeopathic medicines during pregnancy. But make sure that you consult a licensed doctor for these medicines.
How to cure headache during pregnancy?
You don't always have to take medicines for headaches. Here are a few other methods that you could use for curing your headache during pregnancy:
Aromatherapy- Essential oils with certain smells like lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus can help to reduce your headaches. You can try these aromatherapy methods for relief from headache during pregnancy:
Apply to the sides of your forehead: Mix a few drops of the essential oil with a heavier oil like coconut oil and massage your forehead.
Inhalation: Put a few drops of the essential oil in a tissue or handkerchief. You can keep smelling this throughout the day.
Towel compress: In a mug of cold water, add a few drops of essential oil. Soak a towel in this mug, squeeze out the extra water, and apply the towel on your forehead and neck.
Osteopathy and chiropractics- If your headache is because of pain in your neck, shoulders or upper back, you can visit an osteopathic doctor. In osteopathy, the doctor will make some adjustments in your muscles to release the pain. If your headache is because of back pain, you can consult a chiropractor. A chiropractor will adjust your spine to release your pain.
Reflexology- Reflexology is a technique with which some health problems can be cured by applying pressure on certain points of the hands or legs using your fingers. This does not use any medicine, oils or lotions, and is very safe to do during pregnancy. If you have a light headache, or if you have headaches regularly, reflexology is the best option.
Acupuncture and acupressure- Even with acupuncture and acupressure, your headache can be cured without medicine. By applying pressure on certain points in your body your headache can be reduced.
Home remedies for headache during pregnancy
To reduce your headache during pregnancy, you can try some of these easy home remedies:
Herbal tea- Herbal teas are a great solution for reducing headache during pregnancy. Drinking herbal tea will relax you and reduce your tension as well. You can make herbal tea using ingredients like lavender or lemon. For a sweeter taste, you can add a little honey and fennel seeds (saunf) before drinking.
Ginger tea- Drinking ginger tea will help to reduce not just your headache, but migraine and stomach ache as well.
Cinnamon- You can also drink a glass of warm milk mixed with 3-4 spoons of cinnamon. This also gives quick relief from headache.
Apple cider vinegar- Mix one spoon of apple cider vinegar in a cup of warm water. Drinking this can help to reduce headaches caused by a blocked nose.
Steam inhalation- Fill a wide vessel with hot, boiling water. Now, inhale the steam coming from this vessel to reduce your headache. This also helps with clearing your blocked nose, and makes your skin clear as well. Cover your head with a towel or blanket so that the steam does not escape.
Massage- If your headache is because of any pain in the neck, back or hips, gently massage the area using some oil. You can ask your husband for help.
Bath- If your headache is because of stress or tension, take a bath in cold water to reduce your tension.
How to prevent headache during pregnancy?
Headache during pregnancy caused by hormonal changes cannot really be avoided. But you can still prevent the other causes with the following tips:
Go for a walk- Every morning and evening, go for a short walk in the nearby park. Breathing the fresh air will help you in many ways.
Exercise- 30 minutes of exercise daily keeps your body and mind fit. By being healthy, you can avoid a headache during pregnancy.
Rest well- Sleep peacefully and rest well daily. This gives time for your body and mind to relax, which helps in reducing tension.
Drink lots of water- Less water in the body can cause headaches. So drink lots of water throughout the day.
Eat enough food- You can also get a headache if you're hungry. So eat enough food every 2-3 hours.
Wear comfortable bras- During pregnancy, your breast size increases, and so, your bra size will also change. A wrong-sized bra will not support your breasts properly, because of which you might get pain in the back, shoulders and neck. Such pains can cause headaches.
Avoid caffeine- As mentioned above, caffeine withdrawal can cause a headache during pregnancy. If you want to stop drinking coffee/tea during pregnancy, reduce your daily intake slowly. Give your body time to adjust to such changes.
With these tips, you will now be able to reduce headaches. Don't be scared to go to the doctor if your headache is too painful. It is always better to be safe, especially because your health affects your baby.