Headaches during pregnancy usually appear in the first trimester of pregnancy, and can occur due to various causes such as hormonal changes, tiredness, nasal congestion, low blood sugar, stress and hunger. Generally, headaches during pregnancy tend to decrease or to disappear because the hormones tend to stabilize.
However, headaches during pregnancy can be high blood pressure if it is constant and if it appears accompanied by pain in the stomach and blurred vision. In this case, pregnant women should go immediately to an obstetrician because these symptoms may indicate a health problem called preeclampsia, which is characterized by high blood pressure and fluid retention and may lead to body swelling and loss of protein by urine.
What to take to alleviate headache during pregnancy
The use of medication during pregnancy should only be done following doctor's advice, since excessive doses or some types of medication can affect the liver or be harmful to the woman or baby.
Usually an obstetrician indicates the use of medication when the headaches are very intense, do not pass with natural measures or are accompanied by nausea and vomiting for example, the most indicates and often used is Paracetamol.
One way to relieve headaches without having to use medication are some teas, such as chamomile tea. You should only consume 1 cup a day so as not to harm the baby's development. The best solution to relieve headaches is to put a cold patch on your head and stay in a calm environment.
How to alleviate headaches during pregnancy
What can be done to relieve headaches during pregnancy is:
- Rest in a quiet environment, without noise and with the lights off;
- Apply a cold water pack to the neck or forehead;
- In case of a headache due to nasal congestion, apply a warm water patch around the eyes and nose;
- Eat every 3 hours and in small amounts;
- Do regular physical activity;
- Try to maintain a regular sleep schedule;
- Take a warm or cold water bath or wash your face with cold water.
Acupuncture and a massage are also great solutions to relieve headaches during pregnancy.