How To Get Rid Of A Headache While Pregnant

Common types of headaches and treatment options

Sometimes primary or acute headaches appear and disappear within a few hours. The most frequent type of headaches, tension headaches are characterized by tight muscles and localized pain in the head and neck.

Pregnant women can typically treat primary headaches at home. The discomfort can be lessened by resting, massaging your neck or scalp, applying hot or cold packs, and taking over-the-counter painkillers like Tylenol, aspirin, or ibuprofen. However, consult your doctor if you begin to experience frequent or severe headaches so they can determine the cause.

In addition to the primary neurological symptoms listed below, migraines commonly result in additional neurological symptoms such as:

Studies have demonstrated that hormonal changes, such as those that occur just before your period or as a result of using oral contraceptives, can cause migraines. It’s interesting to note that some migraine sufferers experience a decrease in frequency or severity of symptoms during pregnancy. However, there is no evidence to support this; if you experience your first migraine while pregnant, it is probably coincidental.

Treatment during pregnancy is fairly similar to standard treatment. In general, anti-inflammatory medications used in moderation during pregnancy are safe and effective. Acetaminophen and a mild sedative are both ingredients in the frequently prescribed headache medication Midrin. Additionally, Midrin has vasoconstrictive properties, which means it constricts blood vessels to lessen pain and blood flow.

Another drug that lowers blood flow to the brain is sumatriptan, also known as Imitrex. When taken as soon as migraine symptoms appear, it stops them the best. The majority of anti-nausea drugs given to migraine sufferers are safe to use during pregnancy, but just to be on the safe side, I advise discussing your migraine medications with your obstetrician at your first prenatal appointment.

Ergotamines are a class of drugs that have a stronger vasoconstrictive effect and can harm fetal growth. They also can stimulate uterine activity. They must not be used during pregnancy because of this.

If you have a severe migraine and can’t keep medications down, you may need to be hospitalized so you can receive fluids, painkillers, or anti-nausea medications through an IV.

Urgent advice: Call your maternity unit, GP or NHS 111 if you have:

  • a severe headache
  • problems with vision, such as blurring or seeing flashing lights
  • pain just below your ribs
  • vomiting
  • a sudden increase in swelling of your face, hands, feet or ankles
  • All of these should be checked out right away because they might be pre-eclampsia symptoms.

    Paracetamol is the first choice of painkiller if youre pregnant.

    However, for your safety, take paracetamol for the shortest amount of time possible if you do so while pregnant.

    Your pharmacist, midwife, or doctor can provide advice on how much and how long to take paracetamol.

    If not prescribed by your doctor, some painkillers, such as those with codeine and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen, should be avoided during pregnancy.

    You can also alter your way of life to try to prevent and treat headaches. Try to:

  • drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration
  • get enough sleep – read tiredness and sleep in pregnancy to find out more about this
  • rest and relax – you could try a pregnancy yoga class, for example
  • How Do I Treat Headaches During Pregnancy?

    If at all possible, you should try to treat your headache naturally while pregnant; however, your doctor may advise taking acetaminophen.

    One or more of the natural remedies listed below might work to reduce your headache:

  • If you have a sinus headache, apply a warm compress around your eyes and nose
  • If you have a tension headache, apply a cold compress or ice pack at the base of your neck
  • Maintain your blood sugar by eating smaller, more frequent meals – this may also help prevent future headaches
  • Get a massage – massaging your shoulders and neck is an effective way to relieve pain
  • Rest in a dark room and practice deep breathing
  • Take a warm shower or bath
  • Practice good posture (especially during the third trimester)
  • Get plenty of rest and relaxation
  • Exercise
  • Eat well-balanced meals
  • By avoiding common migraine headache triggers, you may also lessen your risk of getting one:

  • Chocolate
  • Alcohol
  • Yogurt
  • Aged cheese
  • Peanuts
  • Bread with fresh yeast
  • Preserved meats
  • Sour cream
  • Pregnancy headaches

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